Eurovision 2019 Semi-final: Australia wows viewers but will THIS country steal the crown?

Eurovision 2019 kicked off on BBC Four tonight with the first semi-final of the competition and viewers tuned in to see 17 countries take to the stage at Expo Tel Aviv, Israel. 

If you missed any of the night’s performances, take a read below for the most up to date account of all the acts, their songs and the reactions from fans.  

As for the results of tonight’s show, only ten out of the 17 countries will make it through to the Grand Final which is going to be broadcasted live on Saturday night. 

Yesterday, during the second Dress Rehearsal, or Jury Show, the international juries cast their votes and their vote counts for 50 per cent of tonight’s result for the first Semi-Final. 

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22:12 – Whilst rounding up the night’s events, BBC Four just cut to a technical difficulty image on screen and the live broadcast abruptly ended. 

22:10 – It has just been revealed this is the first time Hungary has not qualified since 2011. 

22:08 – Australia has just maintained their 100 per cent qualification record and have made it through to the final! Iceland are number eight and San Marino is named as number nine. The final country through from tonight’s semi-final is Slovenia. 

22:06 – Greece are the first to go through followed by Belarus. Next to be announced is Serbia and Cyprus. The fifth finalist from tonight’s semi-final is Estonia, followed by Czech Republic.

22:05 – The ten finalists are about to be revealed in no particular order. 

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Eurovision 2019 LIVE: Who is going to win the first semi-final? (Image: EUROVISION • GETTY • Andres Putting)

21:57 – The live show has returned for the result and there is a clip of Israel’s previous performance being played. 

21:54 – Returning to the arena, Scott is live with podcast co-host Jade, and they are discussing who has the potential to win the whole competition. 

“I think we can all agree on one person in particular, Australia – amazing! Great staging, she ticks all of the Eurovision boxes. Great song! Really high drama as well,” she explained. 

21:48 – Whilst the votes are being counted and verified, several behind the scenes VT’s being played. 

21:40 – Scott is live alongside the UK’s act Michael Rice and he has just revealed his Eurovision experience has been “absolutely incredible”. 

21:35 – There is now a special performance from Dana International who is covering Just The Way You Are. 

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Eurovision 2019: Dana International performed during the interval (Image: GETTY)

She was the Eurovision Song Contest 1998 winner with the song Diva when it was being hosted in Birmingham! 

Those watching her took to Twitter and one said: “Wow, #DanaInternational an interval act that is actually worth watching #Eurovision.”

21:30 – A quick replay of all tonight’s performances are being shown – remember – if you’re a UK viewer you can’t vote tonight! 

21:21 – Finally, it is San Marino’s turn and Serhat is on the stage with his song Say Na Na Na. He apparently wrote the song in just five minutes! 

21:17 – The penultimate act is from Greece and Katerine Duska with Better Love. 

21:13 – Up 15th is Portugal with their song Telemóveis which is being sung by Conan Osiris. 

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Eurovision 2019: Australia wowed the viewers with their performance (Image: GETTY)

21:09 – Victor Crone is singing Storm for Estonia. Differing extremely from Iceland’s performance, it is just him, a guitar and mic. 

21:05 – Hatari from Iceland are up next with Hatrið mun sigra, which can only be described as a lot of harsh shouting until the chorus kicks in. 

20:58 – It’s Australia’s turn! Kate Miller-Heidke is dressed like a fairy princess and is elevated off the stage, floating around as she sings Zero Gravity.

And the arena absolutely love it! She just received the biggest cheer from those watching live in Israel. 

20:54 – Up eleventh is Oto Nemsadze from Georgia and he is singing Keep on Going. As for the reaction to their performance, Rylan commented: “That was intense!” And viewers also spoke out about the song choice with many being divided. 

One said on Twitter: “On stage, I actually LOVE Georgia! #Eurovision #GEO.” Whilst another added: “The actual f**k #Eurovision #GEO.” 

20:50 – As for Belgium, Eliot is singing Wake Up. The 18-year-old schoolboy is the youngest performer competing this year. 

20:46 – Rylan and Scott are introducing Serbia’s choice; Nevene Božović, who is best known for coming second place in Serbia’s The Voice. It is just her on the stage singing Kruna.

20:42 – Now it’s the turn of ZENA who is performing for her home country Belarus with Like It. 

20:38 – Seventh to perform is Hungary and Joci Pápa is going to be singing Az Én Apám. But does he have what it takes to make it through to Saturday night’s live final?  

20:32 – Lake Malawi for the Czech Republic, a boy band consisted of three members have taken to the stage with their single Friend of A Friend.  

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Eurovision 2019: Lake Malawi were a hit with the audiences and viewers at home (Image: GETTY)

Those watching at home are loving their catchy song and are Tweeting their thoughts! One said: “Yes!! That’s just cool. I love it! #CZE #Eurovision.” “Good job on the production #cze #eurovision,” another remarked. 

20:27 – Eurovision fans get ready for Slovenia and Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl with their song Sebi. 

20:24 – Poland are back with band Tulia and their song Fire of Love. They failed to qualify to the final last year, could this song get them through? 

20:20 – Up next is Finland and Darude is being joined by Sebastian Rejman on stage as they perform Look Away together. 

20:16 – Montenegro is represented by D Mol with Heaven and they were put together after the song was chosen. According to our presenter Rylan Clark Neal, they are the equivalent of S Club 7.  

20:13 – Cyprus is the first country to perform tonight with Tamta representing her country with the song Replay. 

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Eurovision 2019: D mol performed for Montenegro (Image: GETTY)

That’s how you open the show!

20:11 – UK viewers cannot vote tonight during the semi-finals. The UK is part of the Big Five countries and they have been automatically put through to the final.

Anyone wanting to vote who currently lives in the UK will have to wait until Thursday night’s second semi-final show. 

20:03 – Netta Barzilai has taken to the stage to perform her 2018 winning song ‘Toy’ and opens the competition and host Scott Mills commented: “That’s how you open the show!” 

20:01 – #Eurovision is trending at number two on Twitter for the United Kingdom! 

19:48 – Fans are taking to Twitter, expressing their excitement ahead of the show beginning.

“IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN. #Eurovision2019 Let’s go,” one wrote, whilst another added: “It’s officially that time of the year. #eurovision week starts and I cannot be more excited.” 

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Eurovision 2019: Netta opened the show with last year’s winning song Toy (Image: GETTY)

As for who is going to win tonight’s first semi-final, it seems Greece is the firm favourite according to bookmakers Coral. 

However, the Netherlands are still sitting at number one for winning the entire singing competition on Saturday night with odds of 2-1. 

“The Netherlands are the ones to beat for Eurovision 2019 and they’re expected to breeze through the second semi-final later in the week. They’re our hot favourites to win the contest,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead. 

“Greece are the favourites to win the first semi-final although are rated as 33-1 outsiders to win the whole competition, with the second semi looking much stronger.

France have seen a lot of support in the betting and are now just 7-1 to win and well worth keeping an eye on. “ 

But what about the UK? Cut from 5-1, their odds of finishing last place in the final are now at 4-1. 

Eurovision 2019: Semi-finals is airing on BBC Four 8pm until 10pm.

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