Semi-final 1 – how we ranked and rated the songs

Serviette of Doom
In which we aim to predict who might make it at Eurovision

Long term readers will be aware that in days of yore, OnEuropean hacks chose to gather in brightly-lit all-you-can-eat buffet bars and ponder what they’d seen over a week of rehearsals. It was known as the serviette of doom*.

This year, the serviette has gone high-tech and you get the whole table (see what we did there?) of doom.

Here’s how OnEurope rated the first Eurovision 2019 semi-final

Click the verdict to read the review

CountryArtistSongFirst rehearsalSecond rehearsal
MontenegroD molHeavenNoNo
FinlandDarude feat. Sebastian RejmanLook awayNoNo
PolandTuliaFire of love (Pali się)MaybeNo
SloveniaZala Kralj & Gašper ŠantlSebiMaybeNo
Czech RepublicLake MalawiFriend of a friendMaybeYes
HungaryJoci PápaiAz én apámYesYes
BelarusZENALike itNoMaybe
SerbiaNevena BožovićKrunaMaybeMaybe
BelgiumEliotWake upMaybeYes
GeorgiaOto NemsadzeKeep on goingMaybeYes
AustraliaKate Miller-HeidkeZero gravityYesYes
IcelandHatariHatrið mun sigraYesYes
EstoniaVictor CroneStormMaybeMaybe
PortugalConan OsirisTelemóveisNoNo
GreeceKaterine DuskaBetter loveMaybeYes
San MarinoSerhatSay na na naYesNo

Later today, we’ll bring you a summary of the second semi-final.

* it was called thus, because our endorsement invariable condemned a song to nul points hell.