This day next week will see the first live show for Eurovision 2019. The First Semi Final is set to air on 14 May 2019 at 8pm GMT. Having seen the first rehearsals, I am ready to make my predictions as to which 10 of the 17 contenders will earn a place in the final.
I think there are a few very obvious qualifiers. Cyprus, Greece and Australia are firm favourites and I have no doubt we will see all three in the final. Poland will do well through the diaspora voting, Slovenia is gaining in popularity with he fandom online and although Iceland will likely split jury opinions, I think it is different enough to earn a spot in the final.
There are a number of songs that are so dull, there is no way that they will advance to the final. Montenegro, Georgia, Estonia and Serbia are all dated and fail to stand out. Although Finland have a big name in Darude, again I don’t think it stands out enough to advance.
This leaves us with a few borderline countries. And I think that the vote will favour some of the returning artists. I’ve given two of the final slots to Hungary and San Marino, as well as Czech Republic who will profit from being an upbeat pop song sandwiched between two slower ballads. That means the last slot goes to either Belarus, Belgium or Portugal. I feel Belarus will suffer from poor live vocals and that Portugal will be too out their to gain large Jury support, so I have opted for Belgium.
Eurovision 2019 Semi Final 1: My Predictions
- Tamta- ‘Replay’ (Cyprus)
D mol- ‘Heaven’ (Montenegro) Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman- ‘Look Away’ (Finland)
- Tulia- ‘Fire of Love (Pali się)’ (Poland)
- Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl- ‘Sebi’ (Slovenia)
- Lake Malawi- ‘Friend of a Friend’ (Czech Republic)
- Joci Pápai- ‘Az én apám’ (Hungary)
ZENA- ‘Like It’ (Belarus) Nevena Božović- ‘Kruna’ (Serbia)
- Eliot- ‘Wake Up’ (Belgium)
Oto Nemsadze- ‘Keep on Going’ (Georgia)
- Kate Miller-Heidke- ‘Zero Gravity’ (Australia)
- Hatari- ‘Hatrið mun sigra’ (Iceland)
Victor Crone- ‘Storm’ (Estonia) Conan Osiris- ‘Telemóveis’ (Portugal)
- Katerine Duska- ‘Better Love’ (Greece)
- Serhat- ‘Say Na Na Na’ (San Marino)
Which songs do you think will qualify? Leave us a comment below with your thoughts.