The ten qualifiers from the first semi-final of Eurovision 2019 have attended their press conferences after their stunning performances during the live show. After, they headed to the post-show press conference, opening their hearts and sharing their joy. Below you can hear what they had to say.
They also drew “first half” or “second half” in the running order. Producers will later determine the full running order for the grand final. Their goal is to create the most interesting show.
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Running order draw: First half or second half
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
Greece: Katerine Duska – “Better Love”
Greece was the first country announced as a qualifier. Katerine Duska says that the whole experience on stage was something special.
“The stage feels like fire. It was the best energy on stage, really!”
Belarus: Zena – “Like It”
She wasn’t a bookies’ favourite to qualify, but she showed them wrong. She’s secured Belarus a spot in the grand final after missing out last year.
“I ‘like it’ very much! Thank you very much Israel that I’m here. It was the best crew and best team. I’m so proud. Thank you very much!”
Serbia: Nevena Bozovic – “Kruna”
She served whirlpool effect, and served Serbia yet another qualification into the grand final.
“I wanted this so, so much. I’m so happy and satisfied. It’s the third time for me, and I want to give my best.”
Cyprus: Tamta – “Replay”
She opened the semi-final with a banging pop entry. It was all that Cyprus needed to yet again see a grand final berth.
“I feel so excited. I have the best time of my life. Thank you so much everybody. Dare to dream, dears!”
Estonia: Victor Crone – “Storm”
Turns out a storm like Victor Crone couldn’t break him, leading him straight into the grand final. On speaking about his qualification, he said:
“Overwhelmed! I’m very happy. We (songwriter Stig Rasta) are both so happy. This is the biggest thing in my life. I’m going to give it 20% extra at the grand final”.
Czech Republic: Lake Malawi – “Friend of a Friend”
“This was the dream for us. The dream just came true. It’s coming true even now. We had a dream to make out outside of the Czech Republic. This is proof we’ve made it. We’ll be spending tomorrow at the WiwiJam!”
Australia: Kate Miller-Heidke – “Zero Gravity”
They have a perfect qualification record at Eurovision, with five grand final berths of five performances. Kate is elated with her result.
“I’m literally walking on air right now. I have a pretty great view (up on the pole). When they all started singing along, it was one of the most joyous feelings ever”.
Iceland: Hatari – “Hatrið mun sigra”
Masterful with their words, Clemens from Hatari chose his words carefully when describing Iceland’s grand final security.
“Were very grateful for this opportunity. Capitalism is one step closer to crumbling. Everything’s going according to plan.”
San Marino: Serhat – “Say Na Na Na”
He just missed out on qualifying back in 2016 for San Marino, but San Marino and Serhat have much to cheer about. It’s only San Marino’s second qualification into the grand final. Sehat feels the love.
“Since the announcement of my name, I’m surrounded by so much love by fans and the media. Life is beautiful and fine”.
Slovenia: Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl – “Sebi”
While they no doubt appreciate their grand final security, the couple just wanted some rest after their performance. We can’t blame them more. Zala said:
“This air conditioning is killing me right now! But we appreciate that people appreciate our music. That means more than the final.”