Eurovision 2019 semi one results greece australia

Greece’s Katerine Duska performed with fencers and acrobats. Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke sang while spinning through space on a stick. And after the confetti had settled, both women were among the 10 qualifiers from Semi-Final 1 of Eurovision 2019.

Eurovision 2019: Semi-Final 1 Qualifiers

Eurovision 2019: Semi-Final 1 Non-Qualifiers

The voting results presented a number of surprises. For the first time since its Eurovision comeback in 2011, Hungary has failed to qualify for the final. It’s a big comedown for Joci Pápai who secured the country one of its best ever results on his last outing in 2017.

Another qualification streak ended for Belgian’s Wallonian broadcaster RTBF. The country swaps between Flemish and Wallonian networks every other year, and this is the first time since 2011 that the Walloons have stayed in the semis.

But perhaps the biggest shock of the night was Portugal. Conan Osíris was a firm favourite among the fan community, but his eccentricities failed to connect with the wider viewing public.

However, where there are shock non-qualifiers there must also be surprise finalists. The biggest surprise is perhaps San Marino’s Serhat. He narrowly missed out on the final in 2016, but tonight he secured the microstate only its second ever grand final appearance.

Did your favourite make it through? Who was done wrong? And who is going to make the biggest impact in Lisbon on Saturday?

Photo: EBU / Eurovision.tv (Andres Putting)

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Alex
Alex
1 year ago

If the people wants see Portugal in the final i think the people should do a peticion.??
I”m portuguese and i so corious how many points Conan will get at the final if he performs

ESCJudge
ESCJudge
1 year ago

Back to 1SF press conference…

Today, Sergey was complaining about air conditioning. (which I understand as he has to keep his voice).

Will you perform your “hate” on Segey just the same as you treated those Slovenians, when they mentioned an issue with air conditioning??

David Thielen
1 year ago

Only Australia deserved to advance, the rest were mediocre to abysmal – https://www.americaloveseurovision.com/2019/05/the-16-crimes-of-the-first-semi-final.html

Luk
Luk
1 year ago

Tulia pali sie underestimated 🙁

Kev'
Kev'
1 year ago

Only politically correct songs go through to the Grand Final. Eurovision is losing credibility. It is backwards. No more hope.

The OA
The OA
1 year ago
Reply to  Kev'

Eurovision is becoming a pop idol show. The songs with strong character are losing for those that are very generic. And to make it worse, the artists that passed to the final are not that good.

Luk
Luk
1 year ago
Reply to  The OA

Poland Portugal and Hungary underestimated 🙁

Erik
Erik
1 year ago

So before semi 1 I felt quite alone in enjoying Australia’s song. Opera is not the safest card in Eurovision. After an astonishing performance I have a strong feeling they’ll end up REALLY well, like top 3/winning the contest. Anyone who did not like the song before and does do now?

Wouter
Wouter
1 year ago
Reply to  Erik

I always liked the song and it was in my personal Top 10, but after seeing the performance on Tuesday I like it even more now and I genuinely think that it is in contention to win. I still think The Netherlands is winning, but if there is any other country that is going to challenge them it’s Australia.

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
1 year ago
Reply to  Erik

It was my #1 from the very beginning and everyone said: “huh?” 😀 😀 Kate is defo the only one who can beat Duncan. I adore both of them 🙂

My number one
My number one
1 year ago

OK so everyone until the semi final was saying that Greece is the winner of the semi final, that it deserves to go through and end up on top 10 or even top 5 and the same about cyprus and san marino but now that these countries are through and portugal didnt make it youre all butthurt? Guys grow up and stick to an opinion and dont change it because it doesnt fit you anymore. I know how it feels when your country stays at the semis but come on, portugal was so bad in the semi. The act at… Read more »

My number one
My number one
1 year ago
Reply to  My number one

I meant it qualifies thanks to the staging. Also I made so many mistakes because i I’m typing fast and I’m pissed off by your double standards

Wouter
Wouter
1 year ago
Reply to  My number one

Except Australia’s song is actually good.

Escf
Escf
1 year ago
Reply to  Wouter

I wasn’t so impressed by Greece tbh and don’t like her style of singing

Mojk
Mojk
1 year ago
Reply to  Escf

Finally someone said that. Can’t believe that noone notices how bad she sang?! Greek entry is emperor new clothes

nitzan
nitzan
1 year ago
Reply to  Mojk

greece sang bad?! i’m gasping just from reading this. i can’t imagine in what world katharine’s singing is bad. she was flawless, hit every note perfectly and it’s not an easy song to sing

The OA
The OA
1 year ago
Reply to  nitzan

Oh yeah, Katharine´s vocals were mediocre and at some times really bad.

Henry
Henry
1 year ago
Reply to  nitzan

Duskas voice was not good at all, i was surprised she qualified tbh…

My number one
My number one
1 year ago
Reply to  Wouter

Who says that? Oh yeah, the same people who said Australia won’t qualify before they saw the staging. Come one, there were better songs like Poland and Portugal.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago

I’ve rewatched the finalists present on the first semi and have some (hopefully) constructive notes about staging (I won’t address vocal issues, but I’ve seen 3 problematic performances): Cyprus – I haven’t noticed before, but Jo is right, there are a bunch of little mistakes here, the camera is constantly a little behind what’s going on. The replay effect is unnecessary. Slovenia – they seem too aware of their movements, it’s clear when they have to look to a different camera and when Casper has a free hand. Czechia – I wouldn’t change a thing. Slick as hell. Belarus –… Read more »

Euoiio
Euoiio
1 year ago

Cant believe Goddess Katerine delivers such a stunning, aetherial performance and fans are moaning in this comment section talking about dissapointment. Camera angles are not Katerines or the greek teams fault, theyve been trying to get them right with the organisers but they suck at it. Still, Katerines performance is so different to everything else this year. I really love everything about it. In the sea of silly effects, Katerine transfers you in a mystical fairytale world.
Eurovision fans, if you cant appreciate art, you deserve performances like Toy

Kale
Kale
1 year ago
Reply to  Euoiio

I think she was the best last night and probably won the semi.

Anna
Anna
1 year ago
Reply to  Kale

yes…after Australia, Iceland, Czech and Cyprus (at least)…maybe was the best

Anna
Anna
1 year ago
Reply to  Euoiio

Goddess ? What else we’ve to listen… She looked so nervous, amateurish, without winning vibes. Without even a small smile on camera, with pain expressions in her face and instability in her vocals in the first half of the song. Bad directoring (we saw dancers to run in order to catch the camera…we saw Katerine to walk on the right side and the tv screen on the centre etc) and bad sound (almost for all entries). So bad tv result…almost tragic. I believe that Greek entry passed 5th or 6th in the final. A song with a potential for top5…will… Read more »

Fuego
Fuego
1 year ago
Reply to  Anna

I agree. She was nervous. The vocals were not good. And the directoring was really weak.

Mojk
Mojk
1 year ago
Reply to  Fuego

Performance was ridiculous with those ladies with swords, they represent agressive greek fans if you say something against ”goddess” LOL

Henry
Henry
1 year ago
Reply to  Anna

Totally agree with you, i think she became 6th or 7th in the semi, She is lucky that she don’t have to perform in Semi 2….

Sarina
Sarina
1 year ago

I am sad for Joci. I really wanted Hungary to qualify. His voice was really good on Tuesday, beautiful staging and moving song. Even though i don’t know the Hungarian language I felt its meaning . I have az en apam on my playlist. I really want to see Joci again on Eurovision song contest for a third time in the future.

Anna
Anna
1 year ago
Reply to  Sarina

Agree….but in esc 2019 ethnic songs have no change (false god…of esc…has decided to boost only silly pop without identity) !!!

Erik
Erik
1 year ago
Reply to  Anna

Is it ever possible to express you opinion about what you really like without shamming the entries you don’t like? I enjoyed both of his entries and it’s a shame he didn’t make it to the final. He was in my top 10 for the first semi. But just because not every entry that made it to the final suits me, doesn’t mean I need to be all vocal about it. It’s a competition for the best song. Not the worst song. Over the years I’ve discovered serveral great musicians across Europe and more. And I can continue listen to… Read more »

Miguel
Miguel
1 year ago
Nightingale
Nightingale
1 year ago

Hello, everyone! Please, join the petition! Not only for Portugal and Hungary but for all countries that suffered from injustice last night and to prevent more problems tomorrow and Saturday. Some people were unable to vote for their favorite countries. In some contries, a lot of people got the message “error” while calling to vote for their favorites. Their votes didn’t count!! All votes are important! Everyone has the right to vote!
https://www.change.org/p/eurovision-recount-eurovision-2019-first-semifinal

Miguel
Miguel
1 year ago
Reply to  Nightingale

Puedo demostrar cómo mis votos a Portugal desde Barcekona fueron saboteado, solo conseguí votar 3 veces de las 20 que lo intente.
Escandaloso

Kev'
Kev'
1 year ago
Reply to  Miguel

Miguel you should send it to RTP in Portugal. The need proofs.

miki
miki
1 year ago
Reply to  Nightingale

Sorry but every year somebody think that his favorite song was robbed. Portugal song was not just good enough for the final.

Freddy
Freddy
1 year ago
Reply to  miki

When people want to vote, they should be able to vote. I have a group of spanish friends that gather every year for Eurovision and they always vote for Portugal because of our friendship. This year, and after several attempts, only 2 of my friends were lucky with their voting, the other 6 didn´t get their vote delivered. So, if we are complaining it is because many of us know people who live abroad (portuguese diaspora or just foreign friends) who tried to vote and weren´t successful. And this is very frustrating….We know Conan is not eveyone´s cup of tea,… Read more »

Elsa
Elsa
1 year ago
Reply to  Nightingale

Portugal wore PS colours with Arabic archs exploding in red. Do you think Israelis and EBU are stupid and blind? Forget it. Portugal is out of the competition but forever in our hearts

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
1 year ago

Sailing back to Aquilonia (that is, flying back to Lisbon) right now. I’m sure he will try again in 2 or 3 years.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
1 year ago

I hate to say it, but you’re probably right. They are my #10 overall and was #14 overall on the bookies’ board Tuesday afternoon (after being top-10 for a considerable amount of time). Bookies have them 7th in the 2nd semi right now. So, they’re riding the razor’s edge right now.

pooky1001
pooky1001
1 year ago

Ha, ha Epic Conan at the wiwi jam finishing off his performance by adding a little “say na na na” at the end, throwing major shade, freaking love this guy!!!

Nightingale
Nightingale
1 year ago
Reply to  pooky1001
CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
1 year ago

Here is how I saw the 1st semi last night: 9.51 Hungary/Joci Pápai: “Az Én Apám” (my number 3 overall before this contest) *9.47 Serbia/Nevena Božovic: “Kruna” (my #25) *9.40 Australia/Kate Miller-Heidke: “Zero Gravity” (my #31, a non-qualifier) *9.38 Greece/Katerine Duska: “Better Love” (my #24) *9.37 Iceland/Hatari: “Hatrið Mun Sigra” (my #21) *9.35 Cyprus/Tamta: “Replay” (my #26) *9.35 Czech Republic/Lake Malawi: “Friend Of A Friend” (my #8) *9.35 Slovenia/Zala Kralj and Gašper Šantl: “Sebi” (my #11) 9.34 Portugal/Conan Osíris: “Telemóveis” (my #9) *9.33 San Marino/Serhat: “Say Na-Na-Na” (my #6) 9.24 Georgia/Oto Nemsadze: “Sul Tsin Iare (Keep On Going)” (my #34,… Read more »

emilie
emilie
1 year ago

Where is Portugal pleaseeeee?!!!!

Alaska
Alaska
1 year ago
Reply to  emilie

Waving the flag of the occupied country with pride!

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
1 year ago
Reply to  emilie

Maybe they should have kept the outfits they wore at the Festival da Cancao. My guess is that their stage performance got old over the weeks since, and they should have come to the ESC with something different.

Elsa
Elsa
1 year ago
Reply to  CookyMonzta

They were making a statement, they were wearing an occupied territory’s flag colours, you dumbass.

The OA
The OA
1 year ago
Reply to  emilie

Portugal, best performance of the semi-final.
So proud of Conan. So glad he´s Portuguese. Can´t wait for his new music.
“Adoro Bolos” is amazing.

Alaska
Alaska
1 year ago

Wearing the wrong colours in the most political Eurovision ever worked for Portugal after all. It was not a non-qualification, it was a boycott. Good job, Portugal!

Earth, fire, water and wind
Earth, fire, water and wind
1 year ago
Reply to  Alaska

Georgia and Portugal were strong.
Enjoy the Beyonce´s, Pitbull´s, Adele´s, Lady Gaga´s and whatever “pop song artists” that remain.

Kev'
Kev'
1 year ago
Reply to  Alaska

Only politically correct songs go through to the Grand Final. Eurovision is losing credibility

Elsa
Elsa
1 year ago
Reply to  Alaska

Free PS!!!!

Thorula
Thorula
1 year ago

So happy Serhat qualified. Many people will blame him but this man loves Eurovision, he assumes his own style, he manages to talk to a public that may be forgotten by some fans, he is full of positivity and sympathy, it’s OUR drunk uncle. It would have been so crual for him to go home after an in-ear issue. I mean, no excuse for singing off key but this year he showed during rehearsal (the second official clip) that he is not only a lazy crowner. And for his last Eurovision, he deserved to be granted a place in the… Read more »

Fuego
Fuego
1 year ago
Reply to  Thorula

I hope they adjust the mics. And the hosts. And the generic songs to come. Maybe in the next year?

Fuego
Fuego
1 year ago
Reply to  Thorula

I miss Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede.

Susan
Susan
1 year ago
Reply to  Thorula

What? Estonia fake and YOUR uncle is OK? Belgium should’ve have qualified, not your dear uncle Serhat..

Thorula
Thorula
1 year ago
Reply to  Susan

Eliot is lovely and his song is great. But he was maybe too young and didn’t have the power and the stage presence.
Come on, Estonia is not that good, Stig was more inspired last year. Nonetheless, good tribute to Avicii. Serhat has that retro vibes

susi
susi
1 year ago

I hate to say this but I thought we had a lot of weak presentations last night. Greece was off, no energy and no emotion…I don’t know..itwas weird. San Marino, catchy song and I am glad for them but Serhat was talking instead of singing. Slovenia…I never liked the song, and their presentation was kinda creepy….also Zana and Gasper were very rude in the press conference last night, Zana has the whole time a “I dont want to be here face”…she may be shy but there is a difference between being shy and being rude. So sad for Portugal and… Read more »

Ziggy
Ziggy
1 year ago
Reply to  susi

I totally agree. Crappy vocals from Greece and Cyprus.. and very low energy… I don´t understand the hype surrounding Australia. THE STICKS ARE VISIBLE. THE GRAVITY IS NOT ZERO WITH A STICK. And the lyrics are poor. Very poor.. Powerful vocals from Serbia but… singing in English in some parts… bone killer… Lake Malawi sounded like a song from Bruno Mars.. amateur style.. Estonia was not good..not good.. really not good.. The expression in his face at the end shows that he knows that.. San Marino, well, he can´t sing… the performance speaks for it self… Is Iceland really that… Read more »

Fuego
Fuego
1 year ago
Reply to  Ziggy

Maybe the cheesy performances of the second semi-final can save Eurovision.. Most of them are in English, with no relation to the country they represent.. So, it´s fine. There´s hope. I bet the Coldplay impersonator (Duncan Laurence) will win and save us all.

Niky
Niky
1 year ago
Reply to  susi

Weak hosting really .
The presenters were really boring .
Prefered the portuguese ones and their sense of humour .

esctelaviv
esctelaviv
1 year ago

here are the latest news…
i am staying at the same hotel with some esc singers. last night anna odobescu of moldova and serbian back singer i don’t know his name he has no hair… spent the night together at anna’s room ;)))

Nitzan
Nitzan
1 year ago
Reply to  esctelaviv

So?

genki
genki
1 year ago

Anyone else think Eurovision has peaked between 2012 – 2016, and it’s only going backwards since then?
I’m all for fun and entertainment, but such low quality performaces like San Marino should not qualify for the final anymore. Also, note to Poland and Portugal: Eurovision is not a costume show anymore :I We are not in the 90’s and 2000’s…
Most of these semifinal performances were either ordinary, boring, outdated, unprofessional, or clownish. Something like Euphoria should happen again, otherwise I have a fear that Eurovision will decline further in the next couple years.

Kirby
Kirby
1 year ago
Reply to  genki

Yes, 2016 was a quality peak (I don’t mean his will be the only one).

genki
genki
1 year ago
Reply to  Kirby

For me, 2015 was the best. 2015 Top 3 > 2016 Top3.

Nitzan
Nitzan
1 year ago
Reply to  genki

I actually really enjoyed most of last nights performances, and that’s music, everyone is different and you can either like it or not. I enjoyed it, even San Marino

genki
genki
1 year ago
Reply to  Nitzan

Guess what, I also find Serhat entertaining, but entertainment =/= quality.

nitzan
nitzan
1 year ago
Reply to  genki

maybe not but he still qualified so maybe he did deserve it

Eurovision fan since 2014
Eurovision fan since 2014
1 year ago

So, first of all, congratulations to KAN for a great spectacle last evening, wonderful idea with postcards (some of them were truly amazing) and lovable hosts! I was a little bit pissed off about too much homosexual reference – I get it, liberty, tolerance etc, I just want to say it could have been made in more subtle way, no need to show off with it. The camera cuts were kinda weird as well, even though the stage is small, wide shots during chorus were distracting and I felt like they didn’t especially care about some songs. Press conference was… Read more »

Dani
Dani
1 year ago

I guess you can say Assi asked Miki a very uncomfortable question.

Escisherern
Escisherern
1 year ago
Reply to  Dani

What did he ask?

Elsa
Elsa
1 year ago
Reply to  Dani

He was just being rude while pretending to be fun.

TheDr Mistery
TheDr Mistery
1 year ago

By running order: 1. Cyprus – Tamta’s outfit was trashy but the performance was ok (a little bit off-key, perhaps). Fine with it qualifying but wouldn’t shock me if she didn’t. 2. Montenegro – It was better than what people wrote about it but stage was empty and their performance was chaotic. 3. Finland – it was fine but it was known from the gate that this song wasn’t up to the challenge. Good staging. 4. Poland – positively surprised by Tulia’s performance and hence disappointed about them not getting in. They deserved it but with no Ukraine, United Kingdom,… Read more »

Helene
Helene
1 year ago
Reply to  TheDr Mistery

I agree on most. Not Greece however. she was also out of tune i parts of the song and dId not connect with the camera or her dancers . Belarus was not really good either.

Fabrizio
Fabrizio
1 year ago
Reply to  TheDr Mistery

Jon Ola said public and jury agreed in 8/10 songs. One of those 2 songs is San Marino for sure.

EuroBalkan
EuroBalkan
1 year ago
Reply to  TheDr Mistery

So, to conclude, you have nothing positive to say.

La Signora
La Signora
1 year ago

This Semi was amazing. great show 🙂

Luk
Luk
1 year ago

Poland Portugal and Hungary underestimated

Nightingale
Nightingale
1 year ago
Reply to  Luk

Hello! Please join the petition for Poland, Portugal, Hungary and the countries that noted problems with the voting count!
https://www.change.org/p/eurovision-recount-eurovision-2019-first-semifinal

Kev'
Kev'
1 year ago
Reply to  Nightingale

I did sign

Euro
Euro
1 year ago

Almost every song I wanted to qualify actually quialify! I’m really shocked.
I may be the only person who really liked Belarus so I was so happy she qualified! San Marino wasn’t the best in vocal, but I just love music, very positive. The same with Czech Republic.
Cyprus and Greece was obvious, but still – I’m happy!
I just really like happy, catchy, energetic songs and it’s great so many funny ones qualified

Luk
Luk
1 year ago
Reply to  Euro

Poland Portugal and Hungary underestimated

La Signora
La Signora
1 year ago
Reply to  Euro

Serhat live performance was close to a disaster but I love that song and I’m super happy to see him in the final

pepper
pepper
1 year ago
Reply to  La Signora

seems you can qualify even if the song is sung out of tune… is no longer about the song, it’s no longer about the voice, it’s all about the show…
wonder what would be the result if we only could listen to the songs… which songs would make it through..

Jake
Jake
1 year ago

The lesson here is that Eurovision deserves to have more offkey performances with lyrics like na-na-na. This song qualifying just took the contest back 40 years. It’s embarrassing. If Montenegro sent this song, everyone would crucify it. But because it’s San Marino and Serhat everyone celebrates it. It’s beyond crazy. I hope next year we get 20 na-na-nas and la-la-las and oy-oy-oys. That will really make the contest seem relevant.

Aurora
Aurora
1 year ago
Reply to  Jake

Why are you so upset about a “Na na na” song making it through? Are you all collectivelly pretending that the majority of the lyrics (especially romantic love themed ones) aren’t generic and borderline superficial anyway? 😀

Escisherern
Escisherern
1 year ago

Are you serious with Slovenia? That performance was so creepy. She was like lip syncing during the performance. And that was totally silly when she sings the song the boy was touching her without purpose. That was really awkward whats the point of these touches?

funkerman30
funkerman30
1 year ago
Reply to  Escisherern

felt like soft erotica, was quite enchanting really

Nitzan
Nitzan
1 year ago
Reply to  Escisherern

I think that if we understood the lyrics, it would make more sense to us

Elsa
Elsa
1 year ago
Reply to  Escisherern

Finally someone saying it all. It looked so amateurish and masturbatory. I was appalled when they went through, but I think they stood out against the ‘loud’ performances…

Aisling
Aisling
1 year ago
Reply to  Escisherern

Hate to say it, but your comments sound so stupid. The song is about them being star crossed lovers I think, that’s why they had the stars in the background. And star crossed lovers aren’t suppose to touch are they? I mean did you not learn anything by Dana like let them show some love. I thought it was beautiful. So intimate and so simple. The point of these touches was to show love and all they are a couple after all.

Krzysztof
Krzysztof
1 year ago

I only knew Polish and Australian entries before the contest (1. because I’m in Poland, 2. I had to watch Australia Decides because I’m a fan of Dami Im) and for others just titles and performers to avoid listening to their Eurovision songs if I can, to get everything during contest without spoiling or “growing on me” and have a fresh ear on the performances during semifinals, just like I think 90% or more televoters may have. I can say while Portugal may have been the fans favorite, it didn’t resonate with me at all with the performance yesterday, so… Read more »

Aurora
Aurora
1 year ago

A lot of ESC fans act like children. Stop fighting strangers you disagree with. Instead get the most out of the ESC week – savor and exchange all the fun with those you agree with. You’ll feel a lot better. 😉 I was afraid that Slovenia was doomed to be this year’s dark horse. Turns out it’s Portugal. I’m sad Portugal (and Belgium, Poland… would let them through in place of Belarus and Iceland) didn’t qualify but overjoyed for Slovenia. They deserve the Top 10. I’m glad about Australia and happy for Estonia. My bitterness over Serhat’s failure to make… Read more »

Luk
Luk
1 year ago

Love Poland Portugal Hungary
Love love love
Good luck Eurovision 2020

Virtue
Virtue
1 year ago

Last night there was a moment before they anounced the results, Bar Rafaeli and the host with glasses were introducing esc 2019 dvd and music album. And Bar said on dvd you will have behind the scenes and etc. And after the other host added ‘ if you are under 20 years old’ what does he mean i couldn’t get it? Can anyone explain me?

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
1 year ago
Reply to  Virtue

They explained the young generation (therefore the “under 20 years old”), what a CD and a DVD are 😀

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 year ago

Ola Sand has revealed that the score difference between #10 and #11 in last night’s first Semi-Final was just 2 points.

An American ESC Fan
An American ESC Fan
1 year ago
Reply to  Nicolas

Which makes me guess that Portugal was probably #11 thanks to all the televoting love. I wonder who was #10, though? San Marino?

Miguel
Miguel
1 year ago

I am pretty sure Poland was the 11th and Portugal even lower or before last (MOntenegro)

TheDr Mistery
TheDr Mistery
1 year ago
Reply to  Miguel

10th place between San Marino, Belarus or Serbia.
11th place between Poland, Hungary or Portugal.

Eurovision 2019 is a joke
Eurovision 2019 is a joke
1 year ago

How is it possible? The overwhelming majority of the qualified artists had a terrible vocal performance .. Horrible .. And Australia? The visible sticks completely destroy the illusion of staging .. Jesus, eurovision 2019 is canceled for me.

Andy
Andy
1 year ago

I actually think the visibility of the sticks is cleverly done. First half of the song people try to understand how she does it and second half they talk about it when they see how she does it. Overall, they talk about the staging during the whole song which is good especially when the song itself might not be amazing.

Krzysztof
Krzysztof
1 year ago

It’s good they showed the sticks, otherwise televoters might think it’s a prerecorded music video and not the live performance.

Serafina
Serafina
1 year ago

Yo, you know Kate can’t fly, right? Just the thought that she can’t fly can kill the illusion if you’re not that into it. You know something is holding her somehow, rather you see it or not, it’s not like you really think she’s flying so… Really don’t get the “ThE sTiCk KiLlS tHe IlLuSiOn” comments. Also, not sure who you’re talking about when you say “overwhelming majority” because the only acts who did have some major vocal issues were Estonia, Belgium and San Marino, and out of 17 acts that is not the majority 😛

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
1 year ago

If you ask me “Who could be the most likely competitor for Duncan to win Eurovision, just to create suspense?”, after this semi I need to say Kate. Neither Mahmood nor Bilal will win. After yesterday, the run is between Kate and Duncan.

Thorula
Thorula
1 year ago
Reply to  ESCFan2009

Sergey, Chingiz, Michaela and John, whatever are someone tastes, have very calibrated, clean songs and have the whole package. Mahmood is from Italy so will be robbed. Speaking of Italy, Duncan may do a Francesco Gabani. Luca can be better than expected and the song is still a strong contender. This year is quite open.

Noah
Noah
1 year ago

Lisbon…?

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 year ago

This is not serious anymore. How they hell did Belarus, Australia, Czech Republic and Estonia get through to the finale. And than there was San Marino for crying out loud. I think some people are really deaf. I do hope that all Belgium haters are happy now, but for me thé biggest upset was the non aualification of Portugal, i never really cared about the song but I was pretty sure he would make it.

funkerman30
funkerman30
1 year ago
Reply to  Stephanie

really glad we won’t get to hear that Portuguese Byzantine rhyme again on Saturday

Serafina
Serafina
1 year ago
Reply to  Stephanie

You really asking yourself how did Australia make it to the grand final? Uhm… maybe because they had the best overall performance of the night rather you like the song or not. And Czech Republic, not too far behind, nailed the staging and had the most fun and charismatic performance/performers of this semi.

Malin
Malin
1 year ago

Dana Internationals song… you are amazing just the way you are …. Well her advice is not that, instead you should starve yourself. Her advice to Lynda W isn’t that you are good just the way you are. I don’t like that.
Look at 4.40
https://youtu.be/saoXy6o9-g0

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
1 year ago

On a more positive note, I predicted 9 out of 10 (and yes I did not included Portugal), but did not see San Marino’s qualification… (and I am not happy about it… ) Moving on, I became mesmerised by Australia, I now think she can actually win this and generally conforted by the fact that all the good songs (bar Portugal and Poland) got into the final.

yodenman
yodenman
1 year ago

Highs
Serbia, Iceland qualifying. Portugal and Hungary not qualifying.
Lows
San Marino qualifying despite an awful song and truly abysmal vocals. Belgium not going through. I love the song but staging and vocals were lacklustre. I kind of understand why it didn’t register with the public but still disappointed. Sorry to see Poland out. Every other qualifier I have no issues with.

Denis
Denis
1 year ago

Lets not forget that ESC is a party, guys! To celebrate music and meet new friends. Just because your country didn’t make it doesn’t mean it’s bad or because it’s politics. Just keep on partying, that’s the spirit of ESC!
Some of you forget that…

nitzan
nitzan
1 year ago
Reply to  Denis

WORD

An American ESC Fan
An American ESC Fan
1 year ago
Reply to  Denis

Thank you!!

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
1 year ago
Reply to  Denis

Indeed! The party will go on tomorrow! The best message I read the whole day!

hurtme2saythisz
hurtme2saythisz
1 year ago
Reply to  Denis

thank you for that piece of banal tripe

Ciao
Ciao
1 year ago

My first spontaneous thought: Germany’s chances of not being the last have increased. I did not discover a song that was really good. Cyprus is exactly the same as last year (song in itself I like, but is just something that has already heard 100000000000 times.) Iceland still stands out, even if it’s not my taste. Greece song in itself ok The Czech Republic has felt that it has already been heard tens of times. Belarus is exactly the same as Cyprus. San Marino you can treat yourself as a fun act, or let it be I do not like… Read more »

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
1 year ago
Reply to  Ciao

your taste is bad

Malin
Malin
1 year ago

Poe-Tay- tor- chip Or maybe only different from our tast?

Would guss most sweeds like Estonia, typical swedish music. But I love Hungary and like Poland … very unpypicsl Swedish tast. But what is right? .

Ciao
Ciao
1 year ago

And that shows me that ur taste is bad 🙂

funkerman30
funkerman30
1 year ago
Reply to  Ciao

not all uptempo songs are Fuego 2.0 for f sake. Cyprus didn’t invent the genre in 2018. It’s like saying all salsa songs are the same. Yes, that’s how idiotic you sound.

Roger Rabbit
Roger Rabbit
1 year ago

Well this was the bad halffinal tomorrow come the good one .paciente.:)

Jack
Jack
1 year ago

The directing was disappointing,it showed how small the stage is

Poseidon.
Poseidon.
1 year ago

The odds were moving quite well in Conan’s favor when he performed. The odds move according to how people bet so I’m pretty confident he had a nice televote.
This begs the question: how can juries bury this song when they gave enough points to San Marino and Estonia that they made it to the final? The two of them were off-key the whole songs. Aren’t they “profissional” jurors?

euroMaster
euroMaster
1 year ago
Reply to  Poseidon.

i bet san marino is way high in televote there is a huge turkish diaspora in europe but i cant see juries push san marino also portugal i bet its 11th with low diff with the 10th(San marino)

Nitzan
Nitzan
1 year ago
Reply to  Poseidon.

Estonia and San marino sang really well during the jury rehearsal, which is when the jury vote. The jury doesn’t vote in the live shows

Dan
Dan
1 year ago
Reply to  Nitzan

There’s not a situation where Serhat can sing well. The guy has no voice. Simple as that.

nitzan
nitzan
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

no, he actually did sing well in the jury rehearsel, that’s a fact. you may not like his voice but that’s a different story. the jury performance went really well for him

Taco
Taco
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan

I do agree with you. I don;t like to be negative but Serhat is not a singer.

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  Poseidon.

We still don’t know the split jury points – televote points. Wait until next week.

hurtme2saythisz
hurtme2saythisz
1 year ago
Reply to  Poseidon.

the juries are corrupt and music industry types who are paid to vote for the rubbish that gets played on chart radio

Lukas
Lukas
1 year ago

I liked Slovenia and Iceland the best. They’re just different but in an interesting way. I don’t understand the hype around Australia. Good staging doesn’t compensate a boring song.

Nitzan
Nitzan
1 year ago
Reply to  Lukas

I think Australia’s song is great and it fits the staging perfectly. You know, she sings about letting go of all her worries so now she feels light, free, zero gravity and that’s why she’s “flying”. I think it’s brilliant

Adam
Adam
1 year ago
Reply to  Lukas

It’s okay Lukas. Everyone has his/her own preferences. But majority of people enjoys Australia performance. No doubt Slovenia and Iceland were pretty good too last night.

Lukas
Lukas
1 year ago
Reply to  Adam

You’re right… they enjoy Australia’s performance but not the song itself. I just think it’s nothing special, rather boring and generic. I really liked the one from 2017 though…

Loin dici
1 year ago
Reply to  Lukas

I guess people’s tastes are different. Most people would see 2019 as an amazingly written one and 2017 as that generic one. It’s all up to our tastes.

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
1 year ago

On Poland, I think the staging (and running order) broke the deal for them. The camara work seemed more focused on showing off the arena and people in it, than on the singers. It was really messy and it didn’t pay off. On Portugal, this is officially one of the most unjust non-qualifier ever and possibly the most unfair outcome in the history of Portuguese participation in Eurovision, because the song is so damm gooood… So many artist came to him congratulating him and saying that it was so unfair, including Bilal (who voted for Conan) and Katarina. But, I… Read more »

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 year ago
Reply to  L'oiseau

Staging was too dark for Portugal 🙁

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago
Reply to  L'oiseau

Well, fairness is a tricky concept for Eurovision or any kind of artistic competition, for that matter. I’m used to a lot of my favourites being kicked out in the semis or tanking in the finals, but this moment is in the top 3 of my saddest Eurovision exits along with Iceland not winning in 1997 and Estonia being eliminated in the semis in 2010.

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
1 year ago
Reply to  Tibor

But thanks for that message., Tibor. I really tried to believe in you that Conan would pass, but I had a strong feeling about this outcome… I know that “fairness” in this is subjective, but I can’t get around it… Iceland 1997 is also one of my saddest moments… But I can tell you that I was a jury member in 1997 and gave Iceland top marks…

Minerva
Minerva
1 year ago
Reply to  Tibor

I can remember a few of those ‘injustices’ over the years as well. We don’t know if it is the judges that don’t like the songs or the people don’t vote for them. Or both. The second semi-final will be more shocking I think!

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
1 year ago
Reply to  L'oiseau

I think Conan also suffered from too many wide-shots and not enough close-ups

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
1 year ago

Yes a bit. But for me it was some shots were not in the right place. But all in all, I think the whole stage concept did not justice to the song.

funkerman30
funkerman30
1 year ago
Reply to  L'oiseau

he mainly suffered from a horrible song

Joe
Joe
1 year ago
Reply to  L'oiseau

I will say Conan seemed incredibly gracious afterwards in the clip on Katerine’s Insta story. He’s a good guy. I was sad nobody in the crowd got into it. (At the same time, the camera work didn’t honestly feel that different from FDC, even the wide shots).

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
1 year ago
Reply to  Joe

Yes indeed. I am sure he will be fine, because he is a real tough one. I am sure that in some years time we will have a great album Rosalía style. And in the end, sometimes winning the contest can become a curse in disguise.

Minerva
Minerva
1 year ago
Reply to  L'oiseau

Until the semi-final, I wasn’t sure if I liked Portugal’s song or not. But yesterday I loved it. Everything got my attention and kept it throughout the performance…the singing, the language, the performers, the staging, the colors…It’s a shame it didn’t go through to the final, but I feel that perhaps the public couldn’t connect with the song. Well, Conan made a good impression, I’m sure he gained lots of new fans.

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
1 year ago
Reply to  Minerva

Indeed, he received a lot of support from fellow contestants and fans. For me the problem was the whole concept that didn’t convey well the music…

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
1 year ago

With a clear head now… I think I was never so said to have predicted 9 out of the 10 qualifiers. I didin’t predict San Marino to qualify and instead I had Hungary and very very sadly I predicted that Portugal and Poland would indeed not qualify… 🙁 . All in all the qualifyers are ok, except for San Marino and Belarus. San Marino is a bad song, very poorly performed. It was elevated by the staging, which was ok and in my view it ressonated with an older age population, which is possibily on of the major age groups,… Read more »