Following the rehearsals today, each of the Big 5 acts (France, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom and Germany) drew lots to decide which half of the grand final they get to perform in next Saturday. Host nation Israel is already confirmed as the 14th song to appear.
To (tediously predictable) cries of foul, France, Italy, The United Kingdom and Spain all scored spots in the second part of the show. Germany was left to sing in the first half. This kind of split last happened in 2017, where Italy were in the first half, with the other four in the second.
(Eurovision urban myth has it that German TV and the EBU have a deal that if picked for the first half, Germany will only ever sing tenth or later in the running order.)
We’ve heard that Moldova and the Netherlands will have extra rehearsal time this afternoon to iron out technical issues – but these won’t be open to fans, so we can’t report back. As you already might have heard, Estonia and Portugal have taken advantage of a third rehearsal.
Tomorrow, there’s a full dress rehearsal in the afternoon for the first semi-final and the jury show in the evening. So far, ticket sales are sluggish, with LOTS of empty seats at all prices – we fully expect them to be given away free tomorrow.
This evening an orange carpet opening ceremony sees all of the participants in their Sunday best posing on contract cord and answering questions about the weather and what they like most about Israel.
It’s broadcast live online, join us and pass comment.
Image Credits: EBU.