Eurovision 2019 – The rehearsal schedule

Departure time

The OnEuropeans are packing their bags and haggling with the Post Office over exchange rates to make sure they've enough set by for cake, cheese and the occasional Limonana. 

From Friday evening, we'll be live from Tel Aviv, ready to bring you the latest news and tell you what we think of the rehearsals. There will be video clips, photos and objectionable opinions a-plenty. You're welcome to chip in and tell us how wrong we are.

Because it helps to know what's going on, we've put the schedules into the calendar, and changed everything to UK (BST) time to make your life easier ... but here's an overview of what happens when.

All times shown here are local to Tel Aviv (GMT +3 / BST +2 / CET +1).

This means your Eurovision day starts at 7am in Iceland, 8am  in the UK, a more dignified 9am in much of Central Europe, and if you happen to live in one of the countries that finished in the top two last year, it's as shown below.

Saturday, 4 May

Country1st RehearsalMeet & Greet
Cyprus10:00 - 10:3012:25 - 12:45
Czech Republic 10:40 - 11:1013:10 - 13:25
Finland11:20 - 11:5013:45 - 14:05
Poland12:00 - 12:3014:25 - 14:45
LUNCH12:30 - 13:30
Slovenia13:40 - 14:10 16:05 - 16:25
Montenegro 14:20 - 14:5016:45 - 17:05
Hungary15:00 - 15:30 17:25 - 17:45
BREAK15:30 - 15:50
Belarus16:00 - 16:3018:25 - 18:45
Serbia16:40 - 17:1019:05 - 19:25

Sunday, 5 May

Country1st RehearsalMeet & Greet
Belgium10:40 - 11:1013:05 - 13:25
Georgia11:20 - 11:5013:45 - 14:05
Australia 12:00 - 12:3014:25 - 14:45
LUNCH12:30 - 13:30
Iceland13:40 - 14:10 16:05 - 16:25
Estonia14:20 - 14:5016:45 - 17:05
Portugal15:00 - 15:30 17:25 - 17:45
BREAK15:30 - 15:50
Greece16:00 - 16:3018:25 - 18:45
San Marino16:40 - 17:1019:05 - 19:25

Monday, 6 May

Country1st RehearsalMeet & Greet
Armenia10:00 - 10:3012:25 - 12:45
Ireland10:40 - 11:1013:05 - 13:25
Moldova11:20 - 11:5013:45 - 14:05
Switzerland12:00 - 12:3014:25 - 14:45
LUNCH12:30 - 13:30
Latvia13:40 - 14:10 16:05 - 16:25
Romania14:20 - 14:5016:45 - 17:05
Denmark15:00 - 15:30 17:25 - 17:45
BREAK15:30 - 15:50
Sweden16:00 - 16:3018:25 - 18:45
Austria16:40 - 17:1019:05- 19:25

Tuesday, 7 May

Country1st RehearsalMeet & Greet
Croatia10:00 - 10:3012:25 - 12:45
Malta10:40 - 11:1013:05 - 13:25
Lithuania11:20 - 11:5013:45 - 14:05
Russia12:00 - 12:3014:25 - 14:45
Albania12:40 -13:1015:05 - 15:25
LUNCH13:10 - 14:10
Norway14:20 - 14:5016:45 - 17:05
The Netherlands15:00 - 15:30 17:25 - 17:45
North Macedonia15:40 - 16:1018:05 - 18:25
Azerbaijan16:20 - 16:5018:45 - 19:05

Wednesday, 8 May

Public holiday

Thursday, 9 May

Country 2nd Rehearsal Press Conference
Cyprus10:00 - 10:20 11:05 - 11:25
Montenegro10:25 - 10:4511:30 - 11:50
Finland10:50 - 11:1011:55 - 12:15
Poland11:15 - 11:35 12:20 - 12:40
Slovenia11:40 - 12:0012:45 - 13:05
LUNCH12:00 - 13:00
Czech Republic13:05 - 13:2514:10 - 14:30
Hungary13:30 - 13:5014:35 - 14:55
Belarus13:55 - 14:1515:00 - 15:20
Serbia14:20 - 14:4015:25 - 15:45
Belgium14:45 - 15:0515:50 - 16:10
BREAK15:05 - 15:25
Georgia15:35 - 15:4516:40 - 17:00
Australia16:00 - 16:2017:05 - 17:25
Iceland16:25 - 16:4517:30 - 17:50
Estonia16:50 - 17:1017:55 - 18:15
Portugal17:15 - 17:3518:20 - 18:40

Friday, 10 May

Country 2nd Rehearsal Press Conference
Greece10:00 - 10:20 11:05 - 11:25
San Marino10:25 - 10:4511:30 - 11:50
Armenia10:50 - 11:1011:55 - 12:15
Ireland11:15 - 11:35 12:20 - 12:40
Moldova11:40 - 12:0012:45 - 13:05
LUNCH12:00 - 13:00
Switzerland13:05 - 13:2514:10 - 14:30
Latvia13:30 - 13:5014:35 - 14:55
Romania13:55 - 14:1515:00 - 15:20
Denmark14:20 - 14:4015:25 - 15:45
Austria14:45 - 15:0515:50 - 16:10
Sweden15:10 - 15:3016:15 - 16:35
BREAK15:30 - 15:55
Country1st RehearsalMeet & Greet
Israel16:00 - 16:3018:25 - 18:45
France16:40 - 17:1019:05 - 19:25
Spain17:20 - 17:5019:45 - 20:05
Italy18:00 - 18:3020:25 - 20:45
UK18:40 -19:1021:05 - 21:25
Germany19:20 - 19:5021:45 - 22:05

Saturday, 11 May

Country 2nd Rehearsal Press Conference
Croatia10:00 - 10:20 11:05 - 11:25
Malta10:25 - 10:4511:30 - 11:50
Lithuania10:50 - 11:1011:55 - 12:15
Russia11:15 - 11:35 12:20 - 12:40
Albania11:40 - 12:0012:45 - 13:05
LUNCH12:00 - 13:00
Norway13:05 - 13:2514:10 - 14:30
The Netherlands13:30 - 13:5014:35 - 14:55
North Macedonia13:55 - 14:1515:00 - 15:20
Azerbaijan14:20 - 14:4015:25 - 15:45

Sunday, 12 May

Country 2nd Rehearsal Press Conference
Israel10:00 - 10:20 11:05 - 11:25
France10:25 - 10:4511:30 - 11:50
Spain10:50 - 11:1011:55 - 12:15
Italy11:15 - 11:35 12:20 - 12:40
UK11:40 - 12:0012:45 - 13:05
Germany12:05 - 12:2513:10 - 13:30