After electrifying shows in Amsterdam, Riga and London, the next stop was Madrid, where Spain hosted Southern Europe’s very own Eurovision preview party – the one and only #PrePartyES.
The first night saw a wide array of non-2019 acts blow up the stage at Madrid’s Sala La Riviera, including previous Spanish representatives Las Ketchup and last year’s Alfred García. They were joined by even more artists from across Europe, including Malta’s Ira Losco, Austria’s Cesar Sampson, Israel’s IMRI, and Melodi Grand Prix legend, Adelén.
However, the main event was the Saturday night where, after a glamorous red carpet entrance, twenty-two Eurovision 2019 acts took to the stage and worked up the crowd of excited Iberian chorizo. Each act gave it their all, but we want to know which act was your favourite of the night?
You can listen to all the performances in our playlist below and then choose your favourite. You can choose as many as you like, but remember — you can only vote once. So make that vote count.
Eurovision 2019 songs at the #PrePartyES 2019
- Albania: Jonida Maliqi – “Ktheju tokës”
- Armenia: Srbuk – “Walking Out”
- Belgium: Eliot – “Wake Up”
- Czech Republic: Lake Malawi – “Friend of a Friend”
- Croatia: Roko – “The Dream”
- Denmark: Leonora – “Love Is Forever”
- Estonia: Victor Crone – “Storm”
- Finland: Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman – “Look Away”
- Georgia: Oto Nemsadze – “Keep on Going”
- Germany: S!sters – “Sister”
- Greece: Katerine Duska – “Better Love”
- Iceland: Hatari – “Hatrið mun sigra”
- Israel: Kobi Marimi – “Home”
- Lithuania: Jurij Veklenko – “Run with the Lions”
- Moldova: Anna Obodescu – “Stay”
- Montenegro: D mol – “Falling”
- Norway: KEiiNO – “Spirit in the Sky”
- Poland: Tulia – “Pali się (Fire of Love)”
- Romania: Ester Peony – “On a Sunday”
- San Marino: Serhat – “Say Na Na Na”
- Spain: Miki – “La venda”
- United Kingdom: Michael Rice – “Bigger Than Us”
Who gave the best performance at #PrePartyES 2019?[crowdsignal poll=10298563]
Were you at #PrePartyES? Can you see any act surprising after their live performance? Did you have a favourite non-2019 act? Let us know in the comments below!
I was in Madrid, and I would say Norway/Iceland. By the way who voted for Armenia??
Did Klemens sing live?
Iceland’s chorus was playback obviously…
Croatia, Albania and Israel.
D-Mol’s song is “Heaven”, not “Falling”
This poll is about pre party Spain. Not all 3 pre parties. Some ppl here are so obsessed that can’t even get their facts straight. The few but noisy haters may also check wiwi team’s review on utube. They all agree that both Miki and Katerine gave stellar performances, not just ok, but stellar. Finally, as no other 2019 wiwipoll seems to be rigged by Spaniards or Greeks, please chill out and get a life
Greece first. LOL. You Greek guys are so funny. Why do you have to lie yourselves? What do you gain by fake voting multiple times your entry ? Really I don’t get it. People are not deaf. If you are not blind, this poll is about performances in pre-parties, 3 of them. While Katerina in Amsterdam sucked, in London no performance, in Madrid she was better but not something wow. So, make math, and Greece gave the best perdit of 3 pre-parties. LOL. I know that my comment will get many – downvotes because this poll is ruined by Greeks.… Read more »
Well, usually when polls are rigged, people who rigged them don’t stay on the page with a poll special to downvote comments….
If not Greece, then who gave the best performance? Madrid was a huge success for Katerine where she proved that she can actually sing.
You guys are obsessed with Greece?Get a life,it is a song contest,the only funny thing here is you that you make negative comments about other countries in every single post…don’t you have anything better to do in your life than spreading negativity? So you think that for every country that is first in the polls here it means that if the Netherlands are first then all dutch people come and vote for their entry?If Italy is first it means that all italians come and vote for their entry?Does this mean that for every country that is first in the polls… Read more »
Stop changing nicknames, we all know who you are troll
The only obsessed troll here is you
Speaks only for Madrid pre party and Duska was fab on that
I hope people who voted here remember *not* just to vote for your favorite song but actually saw the live performances. I scrolled them all and I was mostly impressed with Norway. They were all on point vocally and the idea to use northern lights is very nice and when the Joiking is going on and we see him as a dark silhouette it was something new to me and I hope they stick with this as it really elevates the song! I think it now has potential top 15 maybe even top 10. If they keep the northern light… Read more »
I think, that Tom’s voice sounded bit tired. He really needs to rest before rehearsals.
Greece really sucked in Amsterdam and tried to survive in Madrid. No London performance. And comes out to be the best in this poll. Come on. This is a joke. Poll ruined again.
I think the voting is for performances in the pre-party in Madrid? I watched all the videos above and made comments about them. Artists don’t have to show up in every party before Eurovision.
I a way I am glad that nobody talkes about Germany although I am from Germany. We could have had at least two songs and performances that would have slayed in the contest, but the NDR made an exclusion from their own selection procedure and added Sisters. So we must live with a place in the bottom area of the table again. I don’t think we will be last – at least.
Your song is awesome, for me it was the only song I liked from your selection. I have goosebumps everytime I hear it, both in live or studio version, and I once cried on its touching lyrics.
For me the song deserves to finish somewhere around 15th place, I think I will send one SMS for it in the Grand Final.
I also mentioned Sisters as being one of the best in Madrid. The girls were one of the few whose vocals was on point there.
Ok, it’s great that you love it, you are not alone, but the competition is very strong. This song and performance is just not strong enough for this field of competition.
Croatia and Israel this time.
Personal thoughts: Armenia can go from a certain qualifier to a certain NQ within few days. She legit had technical problems tio but thats not an excuse when everybody had it and sounded even greater! I feel like the song is too big and risky for Srbuk’s vocal. Unluckee that she also opens the 2nd semi.
Belgium can also be a certain NQ.
Israel is so underrated imo.
Iceland as always slaying.
Greece altho sounded great in Madrid, I think there were better performers.
Albania by far the most consistent performer of these pre parties tbh
Greece the best? lol the joke of the week. haha
Armenia had problems… Srbuk got angry as she didn’t listen properly. It was a pitty. Greece was really good. Also Israel and Iceland (even though I do not like it at all). Elliot from Belgium wasn’t good, to be honest. Serhat, Keiino and Miki were the best and most applauded.
Judging from all the pre-parties’ performances so far, I honestly won’t be surprised if Belgium and Armenia don’t qualify again this year.
This poll has to be rigged with Greece coming out on top with 293 of 1260 votes. She struggled in Madrid like she struggled in Amsterdam where she was “under the weather not feeling good”. If you have ears that can hear sound then you know that she has work to do to sing the song on pitch. I love the studio cut, but the live performance just isn’t where it needs to be. Good luck from Texas…..Greece really needs it this year.
Have those polls ever been not rigged, not unfair? It just shows which country has more fanatic fans unfortunately.
Stop commenting again and again looser, You have made so many comments with different usernames, greece is going to slay deal with it
Why cant greeks hear if their artist is out of tune? Its very facinating that even in 2016 you thought you were the best. Its really silly to read such patriotic comments. its not reality at all.
Why can’t you just accept that there are people that actually like the song and think she has a good voice? There are people that are not Greek that actually like her song…
every comment you make in this website has fake news. In 2016 we didnt liked our entry. Katerine in Amsterdam didnt sung well. Katerine in Spain sung great. What is not reality dear Rasmus-Kyllito-Nicolas is that Sweden doesnt deserve to come top 5 this year because its another cliche gospel song. Lets wait until the televoting results of Sweden are announced. Its going to be fun.
You hear patriotic comments when you speak negative not only for a singer but for whole nation dude. Stop attacking the nation of Greece and nobody will attack you back and you will not receive patriotic comments. After all is not patriotic to support a song of your nation. They turn patriotic when you attack all people from a nation! This is called definition of patriotism
The polls being rigged is always “the best excuse”. She sang 100 times better than she did in Amsterdam! This is coming from a non-Greek by the way….. She has a unique voice
again the Texas fake person? hahahhaha he is telling in all posts that he is from Texas in order for him to believe in his lie too. jjaja you are so funny dude. take your pills cause every post of you is getting more angry and serious. until the end of ESC2019 you will be in a psychiatric clinic!!!
Belgium came 4th last time a singer was a litte nervous before the show. Elliot will be fine:). Its a BIIIIG show. Everyone would be a a little nervous. Its normal
I gave you a thumps up Ramsus. I don’t understand why some people downvote positive comments. It’s happening too much lately.
Some people have nothing better to do than be overly negative for no objective reason.
Greece and Spain in the top AGAIN haha. You cant take this polls serious with so many greeks and spaniards voting for their own.
Exactly, totally biased.
Jealous bitter swede?
Not jealous. More facinated that some ALWAYS vote for the same for the last 15 years. Dont you think its kind of strange? Its totally impossible Spain and Greece can be the best every year.
Yet it seems that it bothers youy….what do you have against these two countries?And in any case it is a poll,not the real results,get over it
They are among the few countries who dont buy swedish pop songs to send. I havent seen any negative comment for Cyprus or Azerbaijan who are frequent clients of Sweden….
are you talking about being biased in a POLL when all EUROVISION is biased on a COUNTRY (sweden)? jajajajja so funny dear
Well then would you be commenting the same thing if another country like Sweden or Netherlands or whoever else were at the top of the polls?
Actually no for last year Spain and Greece were also in the top haha. Thats why i comment it
Ok and? Is there something you have against Spain and Greece? Good for them that they are in the top! Polls always change by the way….that’s the whole point of a poll
ONLY when greeks and Spaniards is mass voting on their own. Or else i dont:)
greece wasnt even in preparties last year
If the Netherlands were added to this poll they somehow would have managed to lead it lmao.
Not exactly Rasmus. I didn’t vote for Spain. Miki was once more one of the best performers, but not the best. So watch the performances, admit who performs well and stop the hate
I like a lot of your comments but it looks like you hate Belgium and Eliot. That’s the image. I don’t think it’s necessary. It’s fine you don’t like this entry but it just looks harsh
Ok. l’ve just notice those negative comments in a few articles from you. Some of them harsh. At least to my view.
I don’t know how will do but he or any artist doesn’t deserve this kind of negativity imo. Anyway
Klemens sang above playback or even only lip-synching, that’s why.
No it was live with some backing track or prerecording, though that one was too loud. Sound issues. Matthias even shouted hatrid mun sigra in spanish at the end.
Matthias sang live, but about Klemens there are big doubts.
Again the eurotalifans fron Greece .is become boring really
I am not from Greece but I have vote for Greece, because was one of the best PERFORMENCES, what about hun, take it or live it
No need for troll lol. You are Greek, one the poll ruiners.
She’s from Spain, get a life
No hun, I am Spanish…but I have vote for Greece
If Armenia or Denmark were at the top, then your comment would be valid. Greece just had a really good and solid performance. This is not coming from a Greek.
If you are honest. last year Greece and Spain also were in the top. Boring
fake news alert
Actually i loooked it up. It was Spain and Greece in the top last year to. Its emberassing for you because you have voted the same the last 10 years i would guess. Thank god you cant vote for your own county in ESC 🙂
Last year Greece didn’t perform in the preparties , so it literally can’t have been on top on this poll
Thank god Sweden wont win again and unlce bjorkman is retiring
Greece had a great song last year and were high in the polls for a reason until the rehearsals came along, and that’s where things went downhill. So I believe Katerine is high in the polls this year for obvious reasons…. Let’s see now with the rehearsals. She has a good chance this year.
Have you ever thought that Greece being at the top was because she has a good voice? I am not Greek and I voted for her!!
Haha Greece. First performance was horrendous, but she was sick.
2nd performance was better, but really strained, missed notes and overall just OK.
You guys and your wishful thinking… (let the Downvoting begin!)
Something tells me that you look like your avatar. And that explains a lot
Pre-party best top 10 is
1 Poland amazing
2 Greece beautiful
3 Iceland perfect
4 Albania amazing
5 Israel beautiful
6 Belgium modern
7 Spain creative
For me….Albania, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Lithuania, Spain and the UK sounded better and more consistent throughout the song.
I was surprised with Israel, Lithuania and Spain as I thought the first songs stood out more in the live performance than in the video. Also, Miki sounded better vocally live than in the video.
Greece. Katherine proved to be a strong contender for the top 5 in may.
let’s wait for the stage show, because recently Greece hasn’t done it good 🙁
well it seems that they have prepared sth really good for the stage and it is obvious from the music video as well,great aesthetics!
Am I the only one who was disappointed she didn’t sing “Quero Ser Tua”?
Love this song so much, my top 10 back then in 2014.
Armenia needed a better singer for that song. Poor girl is just unable to pull that off in live. She looks hopeless on stage. I honestly can’t see her qualifying from that semifinal.
Some positive notes: – Katerine got my vote. – In terms of vocals, Jonida has been the most consistent so far, followed by Hatari and Tulia. – Miki and Lake Malawi are crazily engaging. I can see KEiiNO joining them on this aspect. – Some unsung heroes that did a great job but won’t get many reactions; Ester, Anna and Michael. – I still don’t know how to feel about his song, but Oto really impressed me with his passion and tone. – Many of you may not like Kobi’s style or his song, but the man can really sing.… Read more »
Oh, and Alexandra from KEiiNO sounds exactly like the recording everytime she performs. I would definitely add her to the list of consistent acts.
Well let be honest here, our song (Spain )was quite cool, but was playing at home, so that was giving more enthusiasm, but the best performers was Greece, Albania , Iceland,Croatia and Moldova, the question if I am not wrong was who has give the best performance, so some of you stop to give a stuped opinions about that, you like or not a song, here we speak about the PERFORMANCE s
And I forgot Israel…sorry
I think putting together singing and performing, I would say Spain. Miki sounded better than in the video. I was pleasantly surprised. By the time he gets to the semi final, he would have improved more with practice.
Agree with Albania & Croatia, and Greece yes.
I was between Kobi and Katerine.
I gave it to Katerine this time.She smashed it.She should be really proud of herself.
Kobi was phenomenal as usual.His live performances really made me a fan
Oh God I hate to admit this because I don’t like the song, but Hatari had the best performance this time followed by Kobi (what a voice!) Miki (always so uplifting), Keiino (as expected) and Tulia (though not my cup of tea). Some seemed to be out of tune this time, such as Albania, one of my favourites. My disappointments were once more Greece and Armenia.
All in all, after all concerts, Hatari, Duncan, Miki, Kobi, Jonida and Tulia are the best performers in my opinion.
Albania out of tune ? Are you serious ?
Greece a disappointment?? Really?
I may have a problem to get her voice right. I like it in the video, I don’t like it live.
I think she wasn’t vocally as perfect ad in Amsterdam. Sorry about that! But I love her song
But what about the UK
Michael is solid vocally. Of course the staging in the final will be a lot more exciting etc.
He was great too, and Roko and some others, but I
didn’t want to make a longer comment, so I just mentioned those I considered the best.
Greece, Albania & Croatia the best
Armenia was the act that surprised me the most. I do like the song, but I feel like Walking Out is not the right song for Srbuk. She can’t handle the song. From all the performances of Walking Out I saw, there was not a single one, where she was not nervous reaching the high notes. Plus, compared to the studio version, her pronounciation seems by far worse, she has to improve it. Yes, Melovin didn’t have the best pronounciation as well, but hearing the song makes me think that she doesn’t even know what she’s singing about and was… Read more »
You guessed kinda right about the lyrics, she doesn’t speak English almost at all.
It’s not a problem not to speak English or fully understand the language, but why singing something whose content you do not even understand?? It’s like if I would sing in Japanese, if they offered me a song in Japanese. If they think that through English the meaning comes necessarily better across, this is not the case either. E.g. Conan’s feelings come to me better across than those of Srbuk, even if I do not understand Portuguese at all. I think people should not sing songs, whose words they do not understand. The audience can more or less see that… Read more »
I wouldn’t be so sure she doesn’t understand, actually she even talked about the meaning of the song in her interviews. She is very possible doesn’t understand only what every word in part means though, but not the overall translation. The effect you hear comes in most part because of intonations. When a language is new to you, you can learn certain lyrics and know the translation of them, but you still don’t know how native speakers use intonations, so you can’t intonate the words right and from aside it can seem like you don’t understand a sh_t from what… Read more »
I was so disappointed by Armenia. So aggresive and disrespectful towards the audience. Everyone else had technical issues, but they handled it so professionally. And to be honest, even when she reaches that high note, I don’t like it. I think it ruins the song.
Wanted Conan Osiris…Alive or Alive…where is he!?
Spain is the most energetic and fun. Iceland is very interesting. Katerine sounded really nice this time. But vocally Oto was the best of the night even though the song is just not good enough. Montenegro and Armenia were the worst. Sbruk had technical issues but besides that vocally she’s just not powerful enough for that song. It will be very tough for her opening the semifinal.
The worst was armenia.. She can’t sing at all
Man.. even if she decided to skip the high notes from the end of the song because of her fear of messing up, you can’t not to admit she was really good on the rest of the song.
There were some much worse than her, who were out of tune most of the time, like Ester Peony, D-Mol, Jurijus, Sebastian Rejman, Eliot…
Watch this if you think she can’t sing. She reached the high note during the rehearsal. How was he supposed to nail the key change with all that technical problems?
Song isn’t good itself. She will fail
Remember Demy: The lesson here is why you give a song to an artist that cant recah the high note? Dont get it. The composers must check the artist out before they choose one i would say. Armenia and Greece are not good at this
First of all, it was the best pre-party of all happened for now during this year’s pre-party season. There were many good vocalists who manged to give a good moment even despite technical problems. Some of them to mention: Lake Malawi (kudos for those background images, hope they will use them in Tel Aviv), Katerine Duska, Miki, Michael Rise, Srbuk, Oto, S!sters, Anna Odobescu.. Only vocal-wise, I’d say Roko had the best moment, but in terms of creating an atmosphere, KEiiNO absolutely slew! They shined the brightest on that night and totally stole the show! I didn’t want them to… Read more »
Shined literally and metaphorically *, not only because of Alexandra’s dress ;~)
I was really surprised by Oto and Roko…don’t really like their songs but they were both really good live, Jonida is always amazing but again not my favourite song. I think Katerine was brilliant but starting to get bored of the song whereas i really liked it when i first heard it. Michael Rice absolutely smashed it as usual, i know we won’t win but hoping for left hand side of the board. People say that U.K. make no effort but we have a good song, a great singer, proper story based video and michael is putting in loads of… Read more »
Greece, Albania, Croatia, Spain.
Katerine gave the best performance,that high note….oh my gosh,she smashed it,amazing performance !!!
Why can I never figure out how to actually vote?
Turns out it was a browser thing (poll was blocked at work and didn’t appear in Brave)
I voted for Croatia for the first time. I would have given my vote to Jonida, Katerine and Miki maybe, but I had to choose one. Putting the song itself aside, he was the only one who gave a flawless performance and his vocals were even better than in Dora. But, this is mostly because of technical issues so many others had. I don’t blame the artists as apparently, almost all of them had quite some trouble hearing themselves. Taking that into account, it’s not really fair to vote for anyone. It’s not a fair battle. I hope we won’t… Read more »
Spain in the last weeks is growing.Winner alert . 🙂
Katerine definitely, she smashed it
I wouldn’t include Srbuk here as her performance was F up by the technical issues
Everyone had technical issues, some worse than others. The difference was that most handled it professionally.
Sorry, but she couldn’t even reach one high note. Plus her behaviour was quite unacceptable.
Of course you could get nervous, but she could’ve handled it more professional instead of complaining.
I agree with the behaviour, but the highlight and the hardest part of her song is the key change that was ruined by the technical issues. She nailed the high note during the rehearsal, there’s a video
Deban said in a video that Katerine told him that she couldn’t hear anything due to technical issues. Yet she nailed it and didn’t have that awful attitude. They all had issues but put professionalism first.
oh and btw fun fact, us dutch had said after madrid pre party, no competition performed in madrid, which comes close to Duncan, sooo take this into consideration, a vote for Netherlands is a vote for the dutch arrogance
really ? okay then i won’t vote for NL from my country spain
I even doubt what he just wrote is true but damn, this might be the very first time I agree with Nicky about something. “arrogance” is the keyword defining the dutch this year 🙂
i am dutch, i liked arcade on first listen but their whole attitude, the hype from odds and wiwibloggs just put me off us from doing well
and there are 40 other songs, some dutch seem to forget that, also Sergey Scream is a song for stage, so i will Judge it when i see the staging, and i guess camera work also can make that song a contender
Okay… well don’t complain if you guys don’t win
Nicky, please, god damn it, why are you doing that? You said once that “you just want to encourage fellow Dutch” by all those “king Duncan” comments and stuff. And now you’re spreading negativity and make people think Dutch fans are arrogant. Just why?
Give it an hour or maybe 5 minutes and his opinion has changed 180 degrees.
Fun fact: lot of people are trying to bring hate on The Netherlands on the social medias, telling they’re Dutch and that they will win easily even if they’re not Dutch…
Oh and vote for the song you like, not for the nicest country –‘ I will definitely vote for “Arcade”.
i won’t watch next year if Netherlands wins it this year, then eurovision lost its taste for good music winners
Even though I’m backing the UK (plus a few other countries) and not The Netherlands I do need to tell you that did burn. At least keep it friendly please.?
Nobody said that after Madrid Pre-party, Why are you telling such lies? and why do spread so much hate about your own country? Are you mentally ill or something? I really really don’t understand you…
Well, I thought the Dutch person was you , lol
Anyway Eurofans make only a small proportion of actual people watching and only a swing proportion of people voting , so unless the televote is super close your appeals on euroviosk sites won’t make a difference for or against Netherlands
Come on, everyone knows by now that this Nicky91 is not Dutch, but just some kind of troll that has been spreading lies and controversy in almost all posts. How could someone even take him/her serious? Please, just ignore these ugly hate-spreaders. Some massive downvotes is more than enough, although I hope one day Wiwiblogg could find a way to definitely block and ban this type of trolls!
i am dutch, and i did read that on a dutch news site
No matter where you’re actually from. You’re a disgrace for the human species
He is Dutch , I know cause he kept on raving about Maan , ha ha
She will get her moment in the spotlight soon
Thanks God. You’re not talking about Mahmood for once