The day has come! After months of preparation and two Semi-Finals, acts from 26 countries will compete in the Grand Final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. The result will be determined by a combination of expert juries and viewers from all 41 participating countries. The show will feature special guest performances from reigning Eurovision queen Netta, former winners Dana International, Conchita Wurst and Måns Zelmerlöw, as well as Eurovision icon Verka Serduchka. And... earlier this week we could also confirm that Madonna will perform as guest star during the show!
The Grand Final of the 64th Eurovision Song Contest is brought to you by the European Broadcasting Union and Israeli public broadcasting corporation KAN. The show will be hosted by Bar Refaeli, Erez Tal, Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub, live from Expo Tel Aviv.
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Tonight's 26 competing acts
Tonight's Grand Final will see acts from 26 countries compete for the title of 2019 Eurovision Song Contest winner. They represent the 10 countries with the highest points from each of the two Semi-Finals that took place earlier this week, along with the 'Big Five' — France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom — and host nation Israel.
First Semi-Final on 14 May
Second Semi-Final on 16 May
Malta - Michela with Chameleon
Albania - Jonida Maliqi with Ktheju tokës
Czech Republic - Lake Malawi with Friend of a Friend
Germany - S!sters with Sister
Russia - Sergey Lazarev with Scream
Denmark - Leonora with Love Is Forever
San Marino - Serhat with Say Na Na Na
North Macedonia - Tamara Todevska with Proud
Sweden - John Lundvik with Too Late For Love
Slovenia - Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl with Sebi
Cyprus - Tamta with Replay
The Netherlands - Duncan Laurence with Arcade
Greece - Katerine Duska with Better Love
Israel - Kobi Marimi with Home
Norway - KEiiNO with Spirit In The Sky
United Kingdom - Michael Rice with Bigger Than Us
Iceland - Hatari with Hatrið mun sigra
Estonia - Victor Crone with Storm
Belarus - ZENA with Like It
Azerbaijan - Chingiz with Truth
France - Bilal Hassani with Roi
Italy - Mahmood with Soldi
Serbia - Nevena Božović with Kruna
Switzerland - Luca Hänni with She Got Me
Australia - Kate Miller-Heidke with Zero Gravity
Spain - Miki with La Venda
Can't wait to hear the music? Download or stream your favourite Eurovision 2019 songs here.
You can vote for your favorite songs if you are in one of the 41 participating countries, regardless of whether your country made it through the Semi-Finals.
The opening act
After her victory last year, the honor of opening the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest falls to last year's winner Netta Barzilai. She will get the party started along with Israel's previous Eurovision winner, Dana International and Israel's first ever Eurovision representative, Ilanit.
As has become a tradition since the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, the Grand Final will open with a flag parade to introduce the 26 competing entrants before the Eurovision Song Contest begins.
The interval act
As was already announced last month at the host broadcaster press conference, a special 'switch song' act is planned for the Grand Final featuring former Eurovision winners and runners up:
At the end all four artists will join Gali Atari on stage to perform her 1979 winning song, Hallelujah.
Netta goes bananas
Just before time runs out on Netta's reign as Eurovision Queen, she will perform her new song Nana Banana. If you want to sing along, there's still time to learn the words in Netta's lyric video.
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Please give it up for... Madonna!
International pop icon Madonna will perform 2 songs during the Grand Final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest on 18 May: Her 1989 smash hit 'Like A Prayer' and a world exclusive of brand-new single 'Future', which she will perform together with American rapper Quavo.
The most exciting part: The voting!
Last night, during the Jury Final, the national juries from all 41 participating countries already cast their vote. Their vote counts for 50% of tonight's result.
You determine the other half of the outcome. You can vote starting as soon as the hosts open the lines, as soon as the last contestant has performed. As soon as the voting lines have closed, Digame, the EBU's official voting partner of the Eurovision Song Contest, will aggregate the televotes from all participating countries. Under the supervision of the EBU and EY notaries, the scores are then verified.
First, all 41 spokespersons will reveal the jury points. From each country the points 1-8 and 10 will appear and the scoreboard, the spokesperson will then reveal that country's 12 points. Next, all countries’ televoting points will be added together, to be revealed starting at the bottom of the scoreboard, working towards a thriller finale.
Close to 1:00 CEST we will finally know the winner of the 64th Eurovision Song Contest.