After Netta Barzilai has won the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with her song 'Toy' the ESC 2019 edition will take place in Israel. The first semi-final is Tuesday, May 14, 2019 and the second semi-final Thursday, May 16, 2019. The grand final of Eurovision 2019 will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2019. 'The Big Five' (Spain, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom and France) and host Israel are automatically placed for the final. There were 4 cities in Israel that wanted to organize the Eurovision song contest: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Eilat and Haifa. The organization has announced that the Eurovision Song Contest will take place in the EXPO Tel Aviv (International Convention Center) in Tel Aviv. This year's slogan is 'Dare to Dream'. Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand, said it's about inclusion, diversity and unity. The logo consists of three triangles which shine together to create a golden star.
ESC 2019 participants
All participants of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 are known. Compared with last year, only Bulgaria has withdrawn due to financial problems. A total of 42 countries participate, of which 36 (18 per semi-final) will compete in the semi-finals. First tickets for the semi-finals go on sale at end of January.
Voting and previous ESC winners
Each participating country is allowed to give points. Both through televoting and through a professional jury. Naturally, the country can not vote on its own participant. Netta Barzilai has won the song festival in 2018 with the song 'Toy', take a look at at all the ESC winners from 1956 to now!