Eurovision 2019 is moments away from taking centre stage. Seventeen acts are set to battle it out in the first semi-final in Tel Aviv.

Yesterday, we asked who you think should qualify from the first semi-final. The floor was open for our readers to have their say and choose the ten acts they think should qualify.

Our readers cast a massive 33,392 votes in about 24 hours and we can finally reveal the results.

In short, our fans think the ten qualifiers will be Greece, Cyprus, Australia, Iceland, Portugal, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Serbia, Hungary and Belgium.

Greece is our readers’ favourite, receiving 3,334 votes (9.98%). Our readers are also quite confident in Cyprus, Australia and Iceland. Those countries were the only ones to receive more than 2,500 votes and all appear to be safe qualifiers according to our readers.

Things are a bit more interesting at the other end of the table. Belgium is ranked tenth, with only 67 votes more than Poland. Tulia are still very much in the running according to our readers.

There is a big gap between Poland and the rest of the field. Georgia, Estonia, Belarus, San Marino, Finland and Montenegro did not stack up and our readers seem to think that this might be an eleven horse race.

We all know that Eurovision is often impossible to predict and we may be in store for a couple of surprises.

All will be revealed in a matter of hours.

What do you think of the poll results? Who do you think will qualify tonight? Let us know in the comments below.

Poll results: Who should qualify from Semi-Final 1 of Eurovision 2019?

  • Greece: Katerine Duska with “Better Love” — 3,334 votes (9.98%)
  • Cyprus: Tamta with “Replay” — 3,135 votes (9.39%)
  • Australia: Kate Miller-Heidke with “Zero Gravity” — 2,926 votes (8.76%)
  • Iceland: Hatari with “Hatrið mun sigra” — 2,791 votes (8.36%)
  • Portugal: Conan Osiris with “Telemóveis” — 2,436 votes (7.3%)
  • Slovenia: Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl with “Sebi” — 2,414 votes (7.23%)
  • Czech Republic: Lake Malawi with “Friend of a Friend” —2,122 votes (6.35%)
  • Serbia: Nevena Bozovic with “Kruna” — 2,043 votes (6.12%)
  • Hungary: Joci Pápai with “Az én apám” — 1,997 votes (5.98%)
  • Belgium: Eliot with “Wake Up” — 1,973 votes (5.91%)
  • Poland: Tulia with “Fire of Love” — 1,906 votes (5.71%)
  • Georgia: Oto Nemsadze with “Keep on Going” — 1,377 votes (4.12%)
  • Estonia: Victor Crone with “Storm” — 1,369 votes (4.1%)
  • Belarus: Zena with “Like It” — 1,338 votes (4.01%)
  • San Marino: Serhat with “Say Na Na Na” — 1,249 votes (3.74%)
  • Finland: Darude ft. Sebastian Rejman with “Look Away” — 739 votes (2.21%)
  • Montenegro: D Mol with “Heaven” — 243 votes (0.73%)

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AAGS
AAGS
1 year ago

Something very wrong has happened with the portuguese voting process because in France, Spain and other countries many fans told the voting lines for Portugal was not working.
All this is absolutely true and eurovision is hidding the situation from the international press. In Portugal this information is already being reported on TV and everywhere.

Kev'
Kev'
1 year ago
Reply to  AAGS

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

UweB
UweB
1 year ago

I dont think so. Of course her Victory is already 20 years ago – and she gets older too. In this Pop business for more young acts it s tough to get older and still address the people and be successful. Same with Madonna. Her Songs are not played on the radio in the US since she released Erotica and her Sex Book. She was turned down after that. And in Europe they play mostly her old classic Hits on the radio and not new releases. And for a Hit you need the radio air play. I think Dana International… Read more »

UweB
UweB
1 year ago

I hoped that Hungary, Poland, Belgium and Portugal would make it into the final.
The guy from San Marino as happy as I am for this little country could not sing at all. The Guys from Island with their growling SM kind of Show could also not sing at all.

Some things were really surprising.

Luk
Luk
1 year ago

Detriment Poland

Bouke
Bouke
1 year ago

8 out of my 10 qualifiers qualified, so I can’t be unhappy! 🙂 I was so happy when Slovenia was announced as qualifier, ‘cause I was almost angry at Serhat for stealing their place lol. I’m sad for some NQ’ers tho. I must say that the quality of the live performances was lacking somehow, except for some countries like Serbia who killed it tonight. If I’m honest, the lgbt references this evening were a bit too much. Don’t get me wrong, I love Eurovision for its diversity and the lgbt involvement, but it is a music competition overall 🙂

Miguel
Miguel
1 year ago
Reply to  Bouke

O sea los lgtb eran excesivos, tienen que tener cuota en tu particular tolerancia , porque es un certamen de ?música? Normal……
Consúltalo con tu terapeuta. Saludos

Nikola
Nikola
1 year ago

Semi-final 2 :Goooooo Tamara – North Macedonia! Please Vote

Rasmus
Rasmus
1 year ago

Do someone know why Iceland and Slovenia was not happy when they announced their names? I dont like that and i think both should be out because of it. If you dont care then dont be in ESC

Lourdes
Lourdes
1 year ago
Reply to  Rasmus

Hatari being Hatari 😀 Nothing surprising here!

CyxCy
CyxCy
1 year ago
Reply to  Rasmus

It’s part of their “characters” I would say. The extreme rock bands are in this attitude style “I don’t care about everything” (it’s the polite version), it’s in the package. I admit that I preferred 100000 times Lordi to Hatari (already because Lordi, at least they had a good song), but they are faithful to what they decided to be. It’s a specific musical style that targets a specific audience. It’s not at all my musical style … But their audience saved them.

Nyla
Nyla
1 year ago
Reply to  Rasmus

Slovenia was very happy. Gašper hugged Zala and they both were smiling

RandomEuroFan
RandomEuroFan
1 year ago
Reply to  Rasmus

Iceland – it’s just how they were
Slovenia – they did react, Zala and Gasper shared a smile

blondboybc
blondboybc
1 year ago

Looks like some mediocre songs made it through over gems like Hungary and Portugal. On the other hand, very happy for most of the finalists, especially Hatari!

Lourdes
Lourdes
1 year ago

I would have only liked Portugal instead of San Marino. I agree on all the others!

CyxCy
CyxCy
1 year ago

So my top for this first night was 1) Greece (Good title with world accents, a tone of voice who catch the ears, staging that I preferred) 2) Australia (voice sublime, staged crazy – a bit copied on the show “Harem” by Sarah Brightman at Las Vegas but it is so well done that we say nothing) 3) Belgium (great song, too bad, the kid was not confident) 4) Serbia (a post modern Dalida, as our French commentator has said) 5) Estonia (good guitar pop with a good chorus, served by an handsome man … but with a limited voice)… Read more »

gilpgilp
gilpgilp
1 year ago

Nobody here predicted San Marino!! So many predicted Portugal. This blog is such a bubble.

Miguel
Miguel
1 year ago
Reply to  gilpgilp

El esc es una burbuja… no lo sabias? Wiwiblogs forma parte de ella solo y aún así es la más valiente petarda y libre…. y disidente en su amor… es autenctica…. parte de la salsa de,eurovisión …..
Quizás la burbuja es el esc y san marino y no Portugal. Su actuación será mítica en el tiempo, y yo no soy una burbuja porque hace décadas que no me lo permito, saludos

Ksenija
Ksenija
1 year ago
Reply to  Miguel

why do you assume that everyone speaks spanish? you are talking to yourself by replying on english comments with spanish. ridiclous.

Miguel
Miguel
1 year ago
Reply to  Ksenija

Ridículo es imponer una lengua y una cultura homogénea, ridículo es que un festival europeo cante en inglés renunciando a su cultura, puedo escribir en catalán (mi lengua) en francés en portugués y en italiano…. uso el español porque es más mayoritario….. y quien quiera puede usar traductor igual que yo lo hago con el inglés….. …. en cualquier caso prefiero hacer el ridículo ante mentalidades como la tuya…. que me la resbalan por delante y por detrás…… si o te gusta algo no lo leas…. crecí en libertad de expresión y en el amor a las literaturas y culturas… Read more »

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 year ago

Poor poland and portugal 🙁
Robbed by a micro nations joke act and a tiny vulcano islands’ boycott act…

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 year ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

I am very happy for estonia though! And zena was also doing great.

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

The face of Victor when Estonia’s name came up! PRICELESS!

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

Yes! 🙂

KESC
KESC
1 year ago

I’m almost happy with every entry that qualified, but HOW DIDN’T PORTUGAL QUALIFY? It was so much better than Belarus or Estonia!! Unbelievable!!

Yaa
Yaa
1 year ago
Reply to  KESC

Estonia is handsome and the song is mainstream, nobody I know listened Portugal and fall for it.

Una
Una
1 year ago

SAN MARINOOOOOOOOOOO!!! YAY!!!!!! SAY NA NA NAAAAAAAAAA!!!

Gutted for Poland and Hungary.
Very happy for Czechia. I was expecting Greece and Australia 🙂

EzZ
EzZ
1 year ago

Really Portugal, Hungary, didn’t qualify and San Marino got through, wow that’s sad.

Una
Una
1 year ago
Reply to  EzZ

Belarus. How about Belarus though.

EzZ
EzZ
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

Belarus honestly hmmmm I didn’t really think about Belarus at all, it was a fun catchy song, but yeah that’s all.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 year ago
Reply to  Una

My mum liked belarus for being one of the only normal acts. That’s probably how estonia and belarus managed to stand out in this semi.

Einar
Einar
1 year ago

YAZZZZZZZ, hatari is so quirkyyyyy, XD

Einar
Einar
1 year ago
Reply to  Einar

OMG! Look at hatari’s faces!! Hahaha we are so FuNnY

Adam
Adam
1 year ago

Definitely unexpected! But kinda happy for San Marino

Tibor
Tibor
1 year ago

Oh my God …

pooky1001
pooky1001
1 year ago
Reply to  Tibor

No words!!!! worst voting ever!!!

Rasmus
Rasmus
1 year ago
Reply to  pooky1001

No i dont think so. Belgium ruined it with the staging and Portugal with that song.

Timos
Timos
1 year ago

Am I the only one who thinks the gay references are a bit too much? I mean the awkward naked miki puctures + the forced kiss cam are a little bit distracting and making this more of a lgbt event than a song contest for all.

MeMyself&I
MeMyself&I
1 year ago
Reply to  Timos

Soo agree with you. It’s ridiculous that you can’t have a cross in a eurovision song video but it’s considered ok to stick an lgbt agenda down your throat for 2hours straight during what suppose to be a politics&ideology free song contest. And that being said Im gay myself.

Rasmus
Rasmus
1 year ago
Reply to  MeMyself&I

And the kiss cam. Arent there any girls at ESC? It kind of sad

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 year ago
Reply to  Timos

Im gay and I also agree… I don’t need my sexuality addressed at every moment. I want everybody to enjoy eurovision and how more you push a certain agenda the more it will work against you. Like we say in the netherlands: just act normal, then you’re doing crazy enough already.

Miguel
Miguel
1 year ago
Reply to  Timos

Si hay incomodidades para ti tan fácil como no seguirlo, yo no lo sigo por otras razones (solo me interesaba osiris en verdad),,,,, .Een cualquier caso lo relevante es que para ti hay cosas incómodas, no lo sigas o psicoanlizate…….
En la,próxima vida aporta algo algo a la discusión….. además de prejuicios ,,, porque no es edificante

Una
Una
1 year ago

Now after the live show: I really loved Australia!!! Wow. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! Second Serbia. Third Georgia. Forth Poland. That’s it for now. Qualifiers up next I think.

Lourdes
Lourdes
1 year ago

Portugal HAS to qualify!I don’t see another option.
The songs I enjoyed a lot are (in order of appearance):
1.Czech Rep.
2.Slovenia
3.Serbia
4.Belarus (what?! shame on me :P)
5.Australia
6.Iceland <3
7.Portugal

A bit disappointed by Greece. I felt it was a bit of a mess, and I didn’t like the backing vocalists’ voices. Belgium is out for me, sorry.
Winners of this semi imo: Australia, followed closely by Iceland <3

KESC
KESC
1 year ago

Can we just agree that Australia slayed ?! Kate gave the BEST performance of the night!!

Jo.
Jo.
1 year ago

OMG i just came home from work, i thought ive missed everything but it still on imm cryein!!!1!

Hector
Hector
1 year ago

May the best qualify! For me, I want to qualify (random):

Slovenia
Iceland
Portugal
Cyprus
Australia
Hungary
Serbia
Belgium
Greece
Czech Republic

That being said, I have to say Eliot didn’t have his best day, so maybe Estonia/Georgia will qualify instead. Oh I’m so sad for him, his song is amazing…

pooky1001
pooky1001
1 year ago

Georgia followed by Australia followed by Iceland was a bit hard on the ear drums!!!!

Aris
Aris
1 year ago

When the recap came I was amazed how many bad vocalists there were. A lot of the performances were really forgettable . Mentioning only some: Cyprus-like it on the radio, not the performance Australia-dont like it, only the background of the galaxy is nice Greece- her face expresions during the song were awful, boring song Serbia-average song, the best vocal tonight Hungary-personaly love it, have it in my car playlist Poland-like every slavic etno song Slovenia-hate this song from first listening Iceland-the most melodic even with strange visuals Portugal-wanted to be artistic and became grotesk San Marino- school recitation but… Read more »

Colin
Colin
1 year ago

After seeing actual performances, I REALLY want:

ICELAND
AUSTRALIA
ESTONIA
PORTUGAL
CZECH REPUBLIC
GREECE
SLOVENIA
POLAND
+ 2 lucky ones, whoever!

Good luck to all! I’d definitely vote first three, maybe even more. 🙂

EzZ
EzZ
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

And Serbia and Hungary were great aswell, we need more native songs for sure, but still nice favourites.

Rimig
Rimig
1 year ago

OMG! Serhat did not hit his notes and he does not even sing!
In general, most songs lacked a bit of power. The best of the night: Australia, Iceland, Hungary and Czech Republic.
Greece dissapointed me, very unfortunately

Luis Godinho
Luis Godinho
1 year ago

Portugal rising on odds… just entered on qualifying group songs!

EzZ
EzZ
1 year ago
Reply to  Luis Godinho

Absolutely, Portugal are so unique, and he’s got such a great voice, people should definitely vote for Portugal.

Kosey
Kosey
1 year ago

If SAN Marino gets through it will be a travesty. I am all for an ironic, joke act, but he was just bad.

EzZ
EzZ
1 year ago
Reply to  Kosey

Agreed, it was fun and catchy, but yeah vocal wise not really l, but he did a good job.

Adam
Adam
1 year ago
Reply to  Kosey

Amen for this! So excited for them honestly

Adam
Adam
1 year ago

After tonight’s performance, my prediction below (in preferential order):
1. Australia
2. Iceland
3. Serbia
4. Cyprus
5. Slovenia
6. Czech Republic
7. Estonia
8. Portugal
9. Greece
10. Hungary

Puff
Puff
1 year ago

Finland will qualify. Many fan favorites didn’t sound so good live.

Maja
Maja
1 year ago

Czech Republic
Belgien
Belarus
Iceland
Serbien
Montenegro
Slovenien

EzZ
EzZ
1 year ago

Portugal
Hungary
Serbia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Slovenia
Australia
Iceland
Poland
Greece

Eurovision fan since 2014
Eurovision fan since 2014
1 year ago
Reply to  EzZ

I was about to write exactly the same top!

EzZ
EzZ
1 year ago

Oh snappp haha, nice nice lol.

Helene
Helene
1 year ago

So many are shockingly sour. Only slovenia, serbia, Hungary can sing. I was embarassed by Greece. Portugal, australia and Iceland are out of this world. Hard to judge. They are not songs – more like statements. Iceland a bit childish. Australia more like an experiment than a song. Portugal is an art experiment. Something you could find in any art gallery in the world. Video art. Poland and Finland are only ok.

pooky1001
pooky1001
1 year ago
Reply to  Helene

I was expecting so much more from Greece, it wasnt the great performance i thought it would be.

Miguel
Miguel
1 year ago
Reply to  Helene

Tu comentario es un experimento.. que vanaliza una galería de arte… y califica tu criterio amargo. Preponderando en tu inquistoria una expresión por encima de la otra (video art) en un evento que es musical….. de verdad… folla más!!

KarWorld
KarWorld
1 year ago

OMG! Excepting Czech Republic, Poland, Australia, Serbia and Slovenia … all out of tune!

Helene
Helene
1 year ago
Reply to  KarWorld

Yes i never heard so many sour tones in Eurovision. It hurt my ears.

Milla
Milla
1 year ago

This semifinal is really bad. Many have bad vocals. Strange. I guess Australia’s staging is the winner. It’s about to over-take 2nd place with the odds. Jeeez! But it’s not worth it!

ESCJudge
ESCJudge
1 year ago

ICELAND -I don’t get it. Edward Scissorhands convinced me more perhaps.
ESTONIA -could work better. Weak production. +
PORTUGAL -“WTF” (my grandma’s words).
GREECE -expected a LOT more from staging. ++
SAN MARINO -Na…(h). Nope. Say no no no.

EzZ
EzZ
1 year ago

Portugal was amazing, different, unique, he really needs to qualify, vote Portugal.

Luis Godinho
Luis Godinho
1 year ago

Huge aplause to Conan!

Leo M
Leo M
1 year ago

Yes! Victor nailed it. Best vocal of the night

Colin
Colin
1 year ago
Reply to  Leo M

Victor was really good, cute and spontaneous. I really want to hear Estonia among qualifiers. 🙂

EzZ
EzZ
1 year ago

Portugal is next, I can’t wait Conan finally his voice is stunning, Portugal to the final please.

Luis Godinho
Luis Godinho
1 year ago

WOW! Great postcard Conan!

EzZ
EzZ
1 year ago

Iceland was………… Idk it was something, very interesting, finally wow.

Luis Godinho
Luis Godinho
1 year ago

Eduardo Mãos de Tesoura meets The Rocky Horror Picture Show?

Kosey
Kosey
1 year ago

We just had a moment!! Australia = amazing!!!

EzZ
EzZ
1 year ago
Reply to  Kosey

Australia was amazing, she sang incredible.

ESCJudge
ESCJudge
1 year ago

HUNGARY -first 30sec were ok. +
BELARUS -no, I’m gonna like it NOT. Smile girl!
SERBIA -well sung, average song covered by good production.
BELGIUM -song potential destroyed, like always in Belgian staging since 2017. ++
GEORGIA -good but… not enough. I need more. +
AUSTRALIA -perfect ESC staging. Crazy song. +

Milla
Milla
1 year ago
Reply to  ESCJudge

Australia’s song is not even a song.

Luis Godinho
Luis Godinho
1 year ago

This looks like a Disney production… on bad side! ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

EzZ
EzZ
1 year ago

Slovenia
Serbia
Czech Republic
Cyprus
Poland

Eurofan
Eurofan
1 year ago

It is a very weak semi so far!