With the end of the year around the corner, we look back on the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Because Netta won in 2018 with her song 'Toy' for Israel, the Contest took place in Tel Aviv on 14, 16 and 18 May. 41 countries participated and sang in 18 different languages, 6 artists were returning performers and the Netherlands won the Contest after 44 long years of missing the trophy. Ready for more facts and figures? Read on below!
Eurovision 2019 in numbers
41 participating countries (DOWNLOAD/STREAM)
18 male solo acts
14 female solo acts
18 different languages
4 different languages in the Danish entry: English, Danish, French and German
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6 returning artists
Jurij Veklenko from Lithuania
Tamara Todevska from North Macedonia
Serhat from San Marino
Nevena Božović from Serbia
Joci Pápai from Hungary
Sergey Lazarev from Russia
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The Netherlands wins again after 44 years
Duncan Laurence won the Eurovision Song Contest for the Netherlands, 44 years after their last victory with Teach-In's song Ding-A-Dong.
Italy takes 2nd place
Right after Mahmood won the prestigious Italian contest Festival Di San Remo, his song Soldi became popular in Italy and beyond. The bookmakers qualified the song as one of the potential winners of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. In Tel Aviv, Mahmood took Italy to 2nd place for the 2nd time this decade.
Later in 2019, Soldi became a record-breaking Eurovision Song Contest entry: the track has now become the most-streamed Eurovision song of all time!
Russia at number 3
Sergey Lazarev became one of the Eurovision icons in 2016 when he performed You Are The Only One and took the concept, idea and execution of staging to a new level.
Sergey won the televote in 2016 and came 3rd in the overall ranking. In 2019, he returned to the Eurovision Song Contest with Scream.
In the Grand Final, Russia reached 3rd place again with Sergey, adding the entry to the list of most successful Russian entries of all-time.
Host City Tel Aviv
The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 took place in Tel Aviv after Netta from Israel won the contest in 2018 with her song Toy. It was the 3rd time Israel hosted the Eurovision Song Contest. The previous 2 times (in 1979 and 1999), the Contest took place in Jerusalem.
Tel Aviv showed itself not only as a sunny destination but as a warm host. The city hosted the Semi-Final Allocation Draw, Host City Insignia Exchange, the Opening Ceremony and many other events around the Contest. The Eurovision Village was one of the biggest ever, based right next to the sea, and attracted many Eurovision fans.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 took place at Expo Tel Aviv which became the home to delegations, staff and press for 2 weeks in May.