Eurovision 2019 Automatic Qualifiers

Along with host country Israel, the Big Five — France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom — get an automatic spot in the grand final of Eurovision 2019. They drop a lot of euros on the contest, and we thank them for helping keep the contest afloat. We used to roll our eyes at the jokes these nations would send to the contest. But in recent years they have been earning their keep.

Italy’s Mahmood has perhaps attracted the most buzz. After winning Sanremo with “Soldi”, he broke into the Spotify global charts and sparked a national political debate which made international headlines.

France’s Bilal Hassani has also been the subject of much discussion, with”Roi” performing strongly in the streaming charts. Spain’s Miki gets the fiesta started with “La Venda”, while Germany’s S!sters are doing it for themselves with the feminist anthem “Sister”.

The gang is completed by two very different ballads from the United Kingdom and Israel. Michael Rice’s “Bigger Than Us” is full of hope and love, whereas Kobi Marimi’s “Home” brims with pain and loss.

But who is YOUR favourite? You can listen to the six automatic qualifiers below and then vote in our poll. You can vote for as many contestants as you like, but you can only vote ONE time, so make it count. This poll closes, just ahead of the first rehearsals in May. It’s up to you, Europe. Start voting now!

Who is your favourite automatic qualifier at Eurovision 2019?

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aya
aya
2 years ago

i love mahmood è il migliore secondo me e anche secondo i suoi follower e altre persone che non hanno instagramm

Fabio
Fabio
2 years ago

1. Italy
2. Spain
3. Portugal

aya
aya
2 years ago

i’m italian
1 italy
2 franch
3 germany

AngieP
AngieP
2 years ago

My personal ranking:
1. Italy
2. Spain
3. Israel
4. France
5. Germany
6. U.K.

John
John
2 years ago

My personal favourites:
1.France
2.Spain
3.United Kingdom
4.Italy
5.Germany
6.Israel

Malin
Malin
2 years ago

I think that big five has a higher standard this year than they have had for some years now
Good luck from Sweden

1. Israel
2, Italy
3.Spain
4 UK
5 France
6, Germany

Aura Tudor
Aura Tudor
2 years ago

make all the top 10, top 5 top 3 s you want but i ask you this : who’s heavy on you repeat playlist? for me it’s Greece and if she can surprise us with her performance and deliver on the vocals live she will have my vote for the win. My early favourite is Italy.

albanian ??
albanian ??
2 years ago
Reply to  Aura Tudor

I listen to Albania, France, Greece, Cyprus, The Netherlands, Italy, Ireland very much

Veta
Veta
2 years ago

The big 6 is very strong this year
1. Spain (one of the 4 songs of this year with the “wow” factor, my 4th)
2. Israel and Germany (among the best ballads of this year)
3. France for the message
4. UK
5. Italy

Stig
Stig
2 years ago

This poll smells fishy

winter is coming
winter is coming
2 years ago

That girl in the top of the photo looks exactly like Daenerys but with black hair

Navi
Navi
2 years ago

Can somebody explain me that? I think that the song of Israel is not bad but it’s not my cup of tea. However, here is the best song of the Big Five+Host but in My Eurovision Scoreboard is in the last place of Big Five+Host.

Anna
Anna
2 years ago
Reply to  Navi

It’s called poll rigging 😛

Jonas J
Jonas J
2 years ago

No poblem to make the divide: Top: Italy – UK – Germany. Totally written off: France, Spain, Israel

EscFan
EscFan
2 years ago

My faves are Israel and Italy. The others are Okay but the worst for me is Spain, I just can’t listen the song to the end, it gets so boring and messy/noisy. Having said that I think that Spain won’t do to bad it is just my taste.

Celeste
Celeste
2 years ago

I voted for all song but Germany and Israel the two are bottom 5 in my top 41.
Italy is 2nd behind Iceland, Spain 6th, France7th, and Uk 13th 🙂

Alon I srael
Alon I srael
2 years ago

1)Israel ( it will be epic live)
2)Germany( dramatic in the good way)
3)UK( will get their best results for years)
4) France( ok, not bad, but i am fed up with it)
5)Spain( will have good results but it’s an instant song..not so many intersting elements inside)
6)Italy( italian music is my favorite but i can’t stand this.. can’t connect to his voice)

all is a question of taste but i gave my sincere opinion.
will Sweden and UK similarities cancell eachother??

aya
aya
2 years ago
Reply to  Alon I srael

di che nazionalità sei? io sono italiana e mi piace Mahmood non solo perché è italiano ma per la sua voce anche qua in Italia alcune persone non lo sopportavano ma adesso lo amano

Jo.
Jo.
2 years ago

So…Israel hm?
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pooky1001
pooky1001
2 years ago

This poll is so funny!!! An hour ago Israel had 6,000 votes and now its has over 7500 and the other acts scores have hardly changed, so in the past hour almost everyone who logged into the poll immediately voted for Israel, i highly doubt it!!! There is something fishy going on here!!! lol

Laburnum
Laburnum
2 years ago

All Big 5 countries are enjoyable this year, Germany and France are a little lacking for me but still have some redeemable qualities. Israel is…eh…not a fan

Leo M
Leo M
2 years ago

Italia and Espana!

Jingo
Jingo
2 years ago

KAN is paying people to vote for Kobi in internet polls

NoGeoblocks
NoGeoblocks
2 years ago
Reply to  Jingo

But they never paid me. i just voted for him cause i like him and the song… Where do I collect my check? Do you know how much? I can quit my day job! enough with the conspiracy theories…

Ana
Ana
2 years ago
Reply to  Jingo

KAN invested 32 million Euros in this years production. Without getting additional funding from the government. They don’t need to spend money on internet polls as it’s non of their interest. You silly cow

Idit
Idit
2 years ago
Reply to  Jingo

The most funny thing I heard. What is eating you? Kobi is an excellent Singer and he deserve every vote

Anna
Anna
2 years ago

Is there any poll that isn’t rigged around here?

Gili
Gili
2 years ago
Reply to  Anna

Here we go again(:

Anna
Anna
2 years ago
Reply to  Gili

Seriously, you’re so annoying. You know very well that ‘Home’ is nowhere near being the best of these songs. We’re bothered, because this poll doesn’t reflect the reality. Check youtube rankings, check the eurovision scoreboard app, check other people’s comments here and you’ll know where Israel’s song stands compared to other songs. You had a beautiful song last year, and it deserved the praise and recognition it got. Now let the other more deserving songs have that this year and stop being so egocentric.

gilpgilp
gilpgilp
2 years ago
Reply to  Anna

Anna – I agree with your comment about the comments by the other person, but disagree with you about Home. Out of these 6 songs it’s generally regarded as to be with Italy as the top two. Watch the wiwibloggs video reaction review (saying it is a “beautiful song” and a “song for Europe”) the ESCunited video review (saying he “loves it”) and other reviews. I understand you might not like it – and that is your right of course – but it is getting very good reviews and considered a high scoring song. Many highly regarded reviewers love it,… Read more »

Gili
Gili
2 years ago
Reply to  gilpgilp

You are such a pussi without pride…amazing

Anna
Anna
2 years ago
Reply to  gilpgilp

@gilgip maybe I didn’t explain myself very well. I didn’t mean that ‘Home’ was the worst of these songs. No way. Just it’s not the very best and also Italy being the fan favorite, makes it clear that Israel can’t be first (and by almost double the votes) without being voted massively by Israeli people or Kobi’s fans. This makes the poll completely useless. Also its annoying when certain people are very arrogant about it, and can’t accept that for many people this is not the best song out of this bunch.

Gili
Gili
2 years ago
Reply to  Anna

You are annoying…accept the poll as it is and don’t start with conspiracy theories …you can’t be more annoying than that…I love home better than toy by far and i don’t agree with your taste..May l? Thank you…when I checked reaction to toy in you tube most of them loved home a lot including wiwiblogs and escunited more than most songs here so at least don’t lie

Gili
Gili
2 years ago
Reply to  Gili

* reactions to home

Anna
Anna
2 years ago
Reply to  Gili

I hope you’re not this annoying in real life

Gili
Gili
2 years ago
Reply to  Anna

I really don’t care what you say…you are not that smart you know…..you even didn’t understood the meaning of words of kobi song, I had to explain them to you..so how can I take you seriously…??? You can really kiss my ass

Anna
Anna
2 years ago
Reply to  Gili

Judging from the level of your English, it’s clear who isn’t smart here 😉

Melody
Melody
2 years ago
Reply to  Gili

Well it is weird because in the overall voting here Italy is right after Holland, but here it is behind Israel. That is weird. Israeli’s voting like crazy lol

Rainer1
Rainer1
2 years ago

I think, israel make the same result as host austria….last with 0points.

Nicolascaceres
Nicolascaceres
2 years ago

My personal top is:
1 Italy (my country, but This time we have actually a chance to win and I’m so happy about this)
2 France (like it)
3 Germany (I like the message)
4 Israel (love is voice, but the song is meh)
5 UK(I like is voice, but the song is bland)
6 Spain (so repetitive, and the revamp destroyed his chances)
No hate on me, it’s just my opinion and I will respect yours if you comment

alessio milan
alessio milan
2 years ago
Reply to  Nicolascaceres

non ce speranza quest anno vince olanda oppure albania italia cmq in top 10

Nicolascaceres
Nicolascaceres
2 years ago
Reply to  alessio milan

Sia l’ Olanda che l’ Albania hanno grandi possibilità di vincere ma non bisogna sottovalutare neanche Cipro, Islanda e Slovenia. Speriamo di finire di Top 10!

Mirko
Mirko
2 years ago
Reply to  Nicolascaceres

Ormai non credo più ad una nostra possibile vittoria, sebbene credo che negli ultimi anni ci siamo sempre difeso bene portando qualcosa di unico e soprattutto nostro. l’Olanda ha una bella canzone ma è studiata a tavolino per piacere, sia a livello di testo che musicale

aya
aya
2 years ago
Reply to  Nicolascaceres

a me piace solo l’Italia non perché sono italiana ma perché gli altri non sono il mio genere

Dawidek
Dawidek
2 years ago

Mouahaha..??????? Israël ….bottom 5 for sure !!!!!

LukeGallagher
LukeGallagher
2 years ago

Israel…. really….

oli
oli
2 years ago

who is hacking the poll now? LOL… spanish fans surely not

Nicolas
Nicolas
2 years ago
Reply to  oli

Nobody, it’s quite obvious that there shouldn’t be anymore such thing as automatic qualifiers and only the host country should be a lock for the final.
Every year there are countries who stay on the SF and that are better than most of the big 5.

gilpgilp
gilpgilp
2 years ago
Reply to  Nicolas

I agree with this 100% – the big 5 is ridiculous. They can’t spread the cost among 40 countries a little better and make an equal playing field?

aroncido
aroncido
2 years ago
Reply to  gilpgilp

Small countries are already considering the costs too much, hence places like Luxembourg not participating. Raising it for 5 extra places in the final would surely make some of them withdraw.

Una
Una
2 years ago
Reply to  Nicolas

Yes, better songs than those of the big 5 sometimes stay in the semis. But some could probably not participate at all if it wasn’t for the big 5 to contribute much higher fees to EBU. That’s the trade off. Big five get the AQ because they pay considerably more than a smaller country. In my understand the fees are calculated based on the number of inhabitants in the country. Y’all know geography, I don’t need to say names. Personally I think the system is fair. If one of my faves does not go through in the final, or even… Read more »

Melody
Melody
2 years ago
Reply to  Nicolas

Automatic qualifier is bad for them though, people hear the song only in the final and its not enough to get into your head. The big 5 pay money and very rarely win, the last time it was Germany.

Álex
Álex
2 years ago

Yes, I think they will all be around 1-26.

Hellohi
Hellohi
2 years ago
Reply to  Álex

I voted him up because he is right.
You write about your predictions:
Italy : top 3 – 20 …
So there would be 18 possible places. Thats waayyyy too much and not a prediction.
There would be no difference if you say: I predict Italy a place from 1-26…

My Prediction for Italy: Top 3-6 (depends on staging). That what a prediction is all about

aroncido
aroncido
2 years ago
Reply to  Álex

Nothing suspicious. They made a funny jape.
Nobody alleged you to have written anything like 1-26, but 5-26 isn’t that very far from it.
Just take the joke instead of being angry and insulted. It was funny.

aroncido
aroncido
2 years ago
Reply to  aroncido

In my opinion, making a funny (ant certainly not mocking) joke and facilitating discussion is a lot better way to behave in a comment section than to randomly downvote everything we don’t agree with. The downvote culture on this site is pretty ridiculous.

Strachan Readen
Strachan Readen
2 years ago
Reply to  aroncido

When this many people tell you to take a seat, take a seat and have a think.

Álex
Álex
2 years ago
Reply to  Álex

I made another joke in a well-known Spanish Eurovision website and they deleted my comment. I hope you understand and don’t get upset for this. And to be clear, this is my one and only account.

Paula
Paula
2 years ago

1. France
2. UK
3. Spin
4. Italy
I don’t like other songs…

Thoma
Thoma
2 years ago

I am tired to ask that everytime because no one want understand that but i do it again there : Can you just wait Bilal revamp to say if France is overrated or not please ? I’ve asked this like 5465465 times but no one understand. Roi revamp is perhaps really great and can change your mind.
I am really becoming totally crazy and at the end of my nerves of repeat that everytime. I become mentally ill to say that everytime

Álex
Álex
2 years ago
Reply to  Thoma

Then just wait for the revamp to read the comments so that you don’t become mentally ill or even die.

Roger Rabbit
Roger Rabbit
2 years ago

No doubt Spain can be the big Surprise this year .so catchy and happy song with Miki who is so lovely boy.absolutaly amazing this year Spain together with Netherland and Italy my top 3

Dave
Dave
2 years ago

Im finding France soooo overrated, and I still dont get why the hate towards Spain, no matter what type of song they send

lola
lola
2 years ago
Reply to  Dave

what do you mean france is overrated?? most eurofans dont even like roi, and in most tops spain is higher than france

gilpgilp
gilpgilp
2 years ago

The wiwibloggs video reaction gave Israel a glowing review. The same with most of the other highly watched video reactions. ESCunited also gave Israel a glowing review and said it is one of the top songs.

Geo
Geo
2 years ago

Spain will fail so hard. The juries won’t vote for such a cr*p circus song :)) Viewers either, just wait and see

Currikitaum
2 years ago

Israel I HAVE TO LAUGH at the rigging

Gili
Gili
2 years ago
Reply to  Currikitaum

Do you all see what I mean when I talk about disrespectful people?? So you too, shut your ass as well…the smell is awfull

NoGeoblocks
NoGeoblocks
2 years ago
Reply to  Gili

Fine. be that way.

Álex
Álex
2 years ago
Reply to  Gili

I see it better with your comment.

Jonas J
Jonas J
2 years ago
Reply to  Currikitaum

So true!

Polegend Godgarina
2 years ago

israelis can work their bots all they want, good luck not comin last in may

gili
gili
2 years ago

shut your ass please..too much noise

NoGeoblocks
NoGeoblocks
2 years ago
Reply to  gili

Chill. You’re making us look bad. You know it’s not bots, we know we should stand behind Kobi, and we know that people can think whatever they want. Who cares? Keep it respectful. We’re hosting this year. Let’s be good hosts!

Good luck to everyone.

gili
gili
2 years ago
Reply to  NoGeoblocks

i respect people we deserve to be respected…i dont care about people not respecting our people, as we say in israel…they can search their friends…

NoGeoblocks
NoGeoblocks
2 years ago
Reply to  gili

We say many things – ‘no need to argue over taste’ (Al ta’am ve’reiah), ‘love thy neighbor as thyself’ (ve’ahaavta) And ‘Proper behavior precedes the Torah’ (Derech Eretz…). I don’t know why you chose that one…
We welcome all opinions. we will fight for everyone to express their opinion. This is how we do it, and let me show you Tel Aviv!!

gili
gili
2 years ago
Reply to  NoGeoblocks

i dont mind opinions, i do mind using disrespectfull language ..its a big difference

gilpgilp
gilpgilp
2 years ago
Reply to  gili

Gili – I think a lot of people on this site do not like the Israel song because of your comments.

gili
gili
2 years ago
Reply to  gilpgilp

really make sense(: i never write bad comments for respectfull people…if some says like above that “israelis can work their bots ” he will hear from me, if you dont respect yourself and are willing that people will say whatever they want its your problem. you will always find the reason for my hard respond… but its ok, you will be the good c?p and im the bad(:

gilpgilp
gilpgilp
2 years ago
Reply to  gili

That’s the problem gili – nobody hired you to be the defender of Kobi. It’s like you take it personally and need to respond to every little negative thing, which feeds into it and makes people want to post more negative things. We all know that the 30 people who comment on this site do not reflect how things will turn out, so why are you taking it so seriously?

gili
gili
2 years ago
Reply to  gilpgilp

actually im not taking it seriously, its easy for me to comment like its easy for them to comment…i have free time at work…haha

Tonton Fée
Tonton Fée
2 years ago

Go Bilal ! Go France !
Love Duncan from Netherland ;)))

Bilal
Bilal
2 years ago
Reply to  Tonton Fée

Thank you Duncan I love you too!

Mahmood
Mahmood
2 years ago
Reply to  Bilal

Ciao Bilal, I respect you but my song is a real song. But don‘t worry. Maybe in 15 years or so you will grow. Arrivederci Habibi from Milano.

Fabrizio
Fabrizio
2 years ago
Reply to  Mahmood

Hey! I participated at ESC 2006 for Malta (?)

Escescesc2019
Escescesc2019
2 years ago
Reply to  Mahmood

You don’t respect him saying that, YOU have to grow up and maybe be less pretentious cause your song MAHMOOD is not a masterpiece and for your information Roi is a song and a good song.

Mahmood
Mahmood
2 years ago
Reply to  Tonton Fée

Ciao Duncan, nice song. Wanna swim with me naked in the water? arrivederci da Milano

Whisker
Whisker
2 years ago
Reply to  Mahmood

This thread is hilarious.

Mako
Mako
2 years ago
Reply to  Mahmood

Hahaha wtf x)

Iejdhcr
Iejdhcr
2 years ago

Italy, what an amazing song. So rich musically, so original, so perfect. I hope it will win ESC this year. Italy or Russia.

Katavasia
Katavasia
2 years ago

Last year Big5 + the host were extremely overrated(except Spain). This time it looks much better to me. Miki, Bilal & S¡sters were my favs in the preselections and I’m a crazy fan of Alessandro since Dimentica(still can’t believe he won).
P.S. I sill don’t like Miki’s revamp. :c

Jeaneen
Jeaneen
2 years ago

I’m still amazed how unbothered everyone is by how bad France’s live act is.

Matt
Matt
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeaneen

Absolutely, but i do think it’s possible to sort it out for Tel-Aviv

Grftn
Grftn
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeaneen

there will be a revamp and the staging will be completely different so we still need to see 🙂

Jonas J
Jonas J
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeaneen

You’re right – it’s terrible (and the voice is dodgy)!

bioutidi
bioutidi
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeaneen

What planet do you live on? It is impossible to read a single article without someone coming to say that Bilal Hassani can’t sing.

Regardless of the artist, I encourage everyone to look for different lives to get a good idea of someone’s talent. Bilal’s live radio shows, for example, are good.

Evan
Evan
2 years ago

Lol at the idea of Kobi being everyone’s favorite. Why do you guys even bother with these polls that are so easily influenced with a group of stans or a “Vote 4 Me!” tweet?

Albert
Albert
2 years ago

Italy, Israel and Spain.
In this year competition, Israel has the best vocalist singer. maybe not the best song, but the singer is good
we should wait for the staging of all the songs that are participating this year and then to decide..

Grftn
Grftn
2 years ago

Trust me when I say Israel will end up in the bottom 5 :/

Evan
Evan
2 years ago
Reply to  Grftn

Easily. I’d bet on last place, honestly.

saddemon
saddemon
2 years ago
Reply to  Grftn

XDDDD im so surprised that hes first on this voting its crazy esc fans have totally different taste than normal people ,we saw that in german preselection too , i mean my favorite is germany and israel is last XDDD

Alon I srael
Alon I srael
2 years ago
Reply to  Grftn

enjoy that!

Grftn
Grftn
2 years ago

Why the hell is Israel 1st….

whatever
whatever
2 years ago
Reply to  Grftn

Cause of stans

Joao Rompante
2 years ago

Only Italy.

But i also like:
Portugal – Netherlands – Iceland – Greece – Norway and Switzerland

Pok
Pok
2 years ago

Israeli’s now hijacking he poll. So funny.

Jakra
Jakra
2 years ago
Reply to  Pok

Your trolling is so obvious, that it’s painful.

gili
gili
2 years ago
Reply to  Jakra

no im not…respect the israelis and you will get respect back..humiliate and you will get the same respond

gili
gili
2 years ago
Reply to  Pok

blame israelis for hijacking sounds reasonable to you?? to me not!!! i suggest you all look in the mirror first

Whisker
Whisker
2 years ago

My favorites are Israel and Italy, at the same level, I enjoy them for different reasons. I dislike all other entries with the exception of Michael Rice’s voice.

Jannik
Jannik
2 years ago

Italy and Israel. Mahmood and Kobi. 🙂

NoGeoblocks
NoGeoblocks
2 years ago

Italy and Israel! very different songs, but both are great with professional singers you can trust. Spain and France are nice, but i’m nervous about the live vocals and the stage performance. Lastly it is the UK and Germany that i just couldn’t get into.

Leo
Leo
2 years ago

None of these is my overall fav but I still love Italy and Germany (unpopular opinion I guess) and I also like Israel a lot.
Spain had a be revamp and France and the UK lack something for me. I can’t really say, what that is, and I don’t really dislike them, but they’re just kinda meh for me.

Micha
Micha
2 years ago

I’m Israeli. My results are:
1. Germany (love the message)
2. Italy
3. France
4. Spain
5. UK
6. And last… and definitely least… Israel. WHY DID WE VOTE FOR KOBI?