The next steps of the Eurovision 2019 journey are in motion. With all 41 songs now entered, the Head of Delegation meeting is now taking place in Israel. Here, each broadcaster will submit their songs formally, along with staging plans and more.
As part of the HoD meeting, host country Israel also draws their spot in the grand final running order at random. We now know that Kobi Marimi will open the second half of the grand final, as he sings 14th in the running order.
Kobi Marimi – Home
There’s some not-so-good news with that for Israeli fans hoping for double success. The last time that a host nation performed 14th was Austria’s The Makemakes in 2015. They, of course, ended up as the self-appointed “zeroes of our time”…and scored the dreaded nul points. Let’s hope “Home” avoids that unwanted accolade too!
Of course, there’s some more recent good news from spot 14. Mikolas Josef scored the Czech Republic’s best ever result from that position in 2018, finishing 6th in the grand final. Australia’s Isaiah also finished in the top ten in 2017 from the same spot.
The Olsen Brothers also took victory from the same position in 2000 – so not all hope is lost!
Now they have all the songs, Israeli broadcaster KAN will get the chance to select the running order for both the semi-finals. Following the semi-final allocation draw, they’ll put songs in the best order for production and to create a memorable, engaging show for viewers.
The date for announcement has varied over the years, but we can expect news soon: the running order for the semi-finals was unveiled on April 3 last year.
Do you think Israel has a good spot in the running order? Can Kobi pull off a better home country result than what we’ve seen recently? Let us know your thoughts down below.