We finally have it. After months of national finals, pre-contest shows and rehearsals, we have our twenty-six finalists who will battle it out in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. These are made up of the ten qualifiers from Semi-Final One, ten qualifiers from Semi-Final Two, the “Big 5” countries who provide the biggest financial backing to the contest, and host country Israel.
In both of the post-show press conferences, the qualified acts would pull a piece of paper out of a bowl to dictate which half of the Grand Final they would perform in. After Semi-Final Two, the team behind the contest would allocate the order in the performances for the Final, in order to avoid many similar songs appearing after each other. The running order has been announced as:
|2||Albania||Jonida Maliqi||“Ktheju tokës”|
|3||Czech Republic||Lake Malawi||“Friend of a Friend”|
|6||Denmark||Leonora||“Love is Forever”|
|7||San Marino||Serhat||“Say Na Na Na”|
|8||North Macedonia||Tamara Todevska||“Proud”|
|9||Sweden||John Lundvik||“Too Late For Love”|
|10||Slovenia||Zala & Gašper||“Sebi”|
|13||Greece||Katerine Duska||“Better Love”|
|15||Norway||KEiiNO||“Spirit in the Sky”|
|16||United Kingdom||Michael Rice||“Bigger Than Us”|
|17||Iceland||Hatari||“Hatrið mun sigra”|
|24||Switzerland||Luca Hänni||“She Got Me”|
|25||Australia||Kate Miller-Heidke||“Zero Gravity”|
So what do you make of the running order for Eurovision 2019? Will it help or hinder the favourites, and what does it suggest about who might win the contest? Comment your thoughts below and stay tuned for more Eurovision articles in the next couple of days!