Tonight: The second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019!

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Tonight the 64th Eurovision Song Contest continues with the second semi-final!

Good evening, Europe! The heat is rising again in the sunny city of Tel Aviv, Israel, as broadcaster KAN is gearing up to present the dazzling second semi-final of Eurovision 2019. Taking place at the Expo Tel Aviv, another 18 participants are ready to deliver a marvelous show and compete for ten more places in the upcoming Grand Final, decided by 50/50 professional jury vote and televoting.

Lights, camera’s, action! Tonight the viewers will be treated to an amazing event, featuring snow artistry, holographic mirror images, atmospheric play with light and darkness, pyrotechnics and robotics, slick dance acts, riveting ballads, an much, much more!

The show will again be hosted by the capable foursome Bar Refaeli and Erez Tal (main stage) plus Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub (green room).

Israeli group Shalva Band will perform their song Million dreams as part of tonight’s interval act.

How to watch

Semi-final 2 will start at 21:00 CEST (22:00 local time).

You may watch the show through the national broadcasters of the participating nations, with local commentary, or via the live stream on and the official Eurovision YouTube Channel.

Tonight’s Semi-Finalists

Of the 18 contestants, eventually ten will proceed to the Grand Final of Eurovision 2019 on Saturday 18 May. The ten qualifiers will be decided by 50% professional jury vote, awarded last evening during the jury show, and 50% public televoting.

Viewers from the 18 countries participating tonight may cast their vote, as well as 3 of the automatic qualified countries (Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom).

A look at the betting odds

The betting odds have become a favourite method for speculating about the chances of qualifying for the Grand Final. While they certainly don’t say everything, they do give a perspective on how qualifying chances are expected, based on song quality, reception by fans and media, rehearsals, and so forth.

The ten countries that may qualify according to the betting odds at the moment are Sweden, Russia, Azerbaijan, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Malta, Norway, North Macedonia, Armenia and Denmark.

Yet all will be revealed after the actual performances during tonight’s show!

ESCToday Editor’s Poll 2019

As with the first semi-final, our very own ESCToday editorial team has made its predictions regarding to the outcome of the second semi-final. Each team member has cast their votes in the traditional Eurovision voting manner (1 to 8, 10 and 12 points). The results were added up, resulting in a top 10. The results will be announced later today!

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