As time goes by we have reached the official submission deadline – 10th March 2019. Now all participating countries have to confirm their ESC entry for Tel Aviv. This to a head of delegation meeting in Tel Aviv these days. As previously reported Ukraine has withdrawn its participation, hence we only have 41 countries in this year’s contest. The Ukraine has been allocated to the Semi Final 1, this means that there will only be 17 countries left, which increases the chances to qualify for the remaining countries, as ten countries will qualify for the Grand Final on May 18th.
Normally it’s quite complicated to get a ticket for one of the live shows of the Eurovision Song Contest. There is a huge demand of interested people who have to wait hours in the queues of the online ticket shops and once get through the tickets are gone. This year, it’s not the case!
As one of the last countries Armenia has now presented the ESC entry finally. The singer Sbruk is going to perform the song “Walking Out” in Tel Aviv this May. As always Armenia is very keen to win the ESC one day. This extraordinary entry will definitely shine in Tel Aviv.
Israel is this year’s host country of the Eurovision Song Contest. It’s tremdendously important that the host entry will also shine in Grand Final of the ESC. In the ESC history we have seen that host country’s entries sometimes get an extra bonus in regards of the points. But sometimes the host entries seems to fail like last year, when Claudia Pascoral sang the Portuguese host entry “O Jardim”, which came last in the Grand Final of Lisbon.
The singer Michaela Pace has already won the Maltese Song Festival weeks ago. But the song for Eurovision has not been found until now. The song “Chameleon” will now be the Maltese entry for Tel Aviv 2019. A high quality video has been produced for the Maltese entry.
The Swedish national final was a real entertaining show on a very high level. All twelve songs were chosen well by the Swedish public over the last six weeks. And so we can say that the best songs made it into the final show in Stockholm. It has proofed again that the Swedish broadcaster SVT has a very good hand in producing not only the Melodifestivalen, also on the international scale with the Eurovision Song Contest. In the past years Sweden could win twice in 2012 Loreen with “Euphoria” and 2015 Måns Zelmerlöw with “Heroes”. Malmö and Stockholm were the two host cities. If Sweden would win this year, it might be Gothenburg as an ESC city 2020.
The long awaited Russian entry by Sergej Lazarev has been unveiled now. The song is called “Scream” and is composed by the successful composer team Dimitris Kontopoulos, Phillip Kirkorov and Sharon Vaugh, who have been in charge for several ESC entries in the past.
Tonight we will have twelve songs in the final, two more than usual. There is a solid mix of different music styles. Anna Bergendahl and Arvingarna both represented Sweden in former years. Back in 2010 in Oslo, Anna Bergendahl sang “This Is My Life” and did not pass the qualifying round. It was the first time that Sweden was not in the Final. In the year 1993 the four guys of Arvingarna made a great 7th place with “Eloise” in Millstreet, Ireland. Several other singers of this year’s Melodifestivalen final are well known in Sweden like Jon Henrik Fjällgren, Lisa Ajax, Nano and Wiktoria. John Lundvik seems to be the big favourite of the year.
There is not much time left for the participating countries to submit their Eurovision entries. The deadline it March 15th. The last country with a national final will be Sweden, all the other outstanding countries like Armenia, Israel, Malta and Russia will unveil their songs shortly.