LIVE BLOG – Eurovision 2019 – First semi-final

I stocked up on cheese balls, pickled onions and creme de menthe, aiming to be the one nobody wanted to kiss come midnight.

Before I reached that shocking state, Mr Phil and the combined forces of the Eurovision Ireland press corps joined me to walk you through the first Eurovision 2019 semi final.

Click to see the runners and riders
DrawCountryArtistSongResult
01CyprusTamtaReplayQUALIFIED
02MontenegroD molHeavenELIMINATED
03FinlandDarude feat. Sebastian RejmanLook awayELIMINATED
04PolandTuliaFire of love (Pali się)ELIMINATED
05SloveniaZala Kralj & Gašper ŠantlSebiQUALIFIED
06Czech RepublicLake MalawiFriend of a friendQUALIFIED
07HungaryJoci PápaiAz én apámELIMINATED
08BelarusZENALike itQUALIFIED
09SerbiaNevena BožovićKrunaQUALIFIED
10BelgiumEliotWake upELIMINATED
11GeorgiaOto NemsadzeKeep on goingELIMINATED
12AustraliaKate Miller-HeidkeZero gravityQUALIFIED
13IcelandHatariHatrið mun sigraQUALIFIED
14EstoniaVictor CroneStormQUALIFIED
15PortugalConan OsirisTelemóveisELIMINATED
16GreeceKaterine DuskaBetter loveQUALIFIED
17San MarinoSerhatSay na na naQUALIFIED
May 14, 2019 7:09 pm
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Latest update 3 years ago
22:12
Break in transmission

In the UK, we lost the qualifying recap two seconds into ZENA's screeching encore. There is a God.

Mo Fanning
22:11
8/10 here

Not bad.......  Big shock being Belgium and Georgia not qualifying, and San Marino even with a vocally hideous performance.   

Phil Colclough
22:10
9/10 Chez Fanning

We'll be back on our sofas on Thursday.

Mo Fanning
22:09
The ten in random order
  • Greece
  • Belarus
  • Serbia
  • Cyprus
  • Estonia
  • Czech Republic
  • Australia
  • Iceland
  • San Marino
  • Slovenia
Mo Fanning
22:03
It's time

Ten qualifiers coming your way ... after top bantz from Jon Ola

Mo Fanning
21:49
It started like this ...

Not your toy ...

Mo Fanning
21:40
Hosting

Spare a thought for the house band

Mo Fanning
21:39
My Ten... if pushed

Cyprus

Czech Republic

Hungary

Belgium

Georgia

Australia

Iceland

San Marino

Belarus

Estonia

Phil Colclough
21:37
Few pics

From the big show

Mo Fanning
21:35
I haven't even got a ten here

There is so much that has gone write and wrong that literally fifteen songs *can* qualify.  Montenegro and Portugal are the only two that I have not qualifying.   Perm ten from fifteen then.  

Phil Colclough
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Shai Dagoni
Shai Dagoni
3 years ago

Estonia – in some parts he sound good and solid but in some parts he sound screechy

Shai
Shai
3 years ago

Prediction time –

As usual, never watched a single footage from rehearsals and all based on what I have read(more or less), although in some cases I go with my gut feeling-

Cyprus
Slovenia
Czech Republic
Hungary
Serbia
Belgium
Australia
Iceland
Greece
San Marino

Estonia and Poland may replace one of teh above.

Have fun tonight.

Shai Dagoni
Shai Dagoni
3 years ago

Dana International is lipsynckimg

Mo Fanning
Mo Fanning
3 years ago
Reply to  Shai Dagoni

I know we all think that wise

Shai Dagoni
Shai Dagoni
3 years ago

Greece- she got all the notes but the staging is way to busy for the song

Shai Dagoni
Shai Dagoni
3 years ago

Belgium performance has just threw my prediction to the bin

Shai Dagoni
Shai Dagoni
3 years ago

Production wise, this was one, more or less, a good one. It may be a small venue but it looks great on TV

Mo Fanning
Mo Fanning
3 years ago
Reply to  Shai Dagoni

I loved the show. It looked great. Good to see things back to full power after last year.

Shai Dagoni
Shai Dagoni
3 years ago

Portugal- too dark and very confusing

Shai
Shai
3 years ago

Cyrus was a bit clinical

Australia was bonker but not a good song

Shai Dagoni
Shai Dagoni
3 years ago
Reply to  Shai

Cyprus, of course

Shai Dagoni
Shai Dagoni
3 years ago

The way they show the dogs with the the triangulars at ceilings is also nice

Shai Dagoni
Shai Dagoni
3 years ago
Reply to  Shai Dagoni

Flags , not dogs

Shai Dagoni
Shai Dagoni
3 years ago

Iceland – mix is too low and it is an asault on the senses

Shai
Shai
3 years ago

Was busy,sorry.
So late comments.

Stage look amazing but not everyone is utilizing it to the fullest.

The postcards are really fun to look at and actually say something about the singers

Shai Dagoni
Shai Dagoni
3 years ago

Dana International is lipsynckimg

Shai Dagoni
Shai Dagoni
3 years ago

Production wise, this was one, more or less, a good one. It may be a small venue but it looks great on TV

Shai Dagoni
Shai Dagoni
3 years ago

Greece- she got all the notes but the staging is way to busy for the song

Shai Dagoni
Shai Dagoni
3 years ago

Portugal- too dark and very confusing

Shai Dagoni
Shai Dagoni
3 years ago

The way they show the dogs with the the triangulars at ceilings is also nice

Shai Dagoni
Shai Dagoni
3 years ago
Reply to  Shai Dagoni

Flags , not dogs

Shai Dagoni
Shai Dagoni
3 years ago

Estonia – in some parts he sound good and solid but in some parts he sound screechy

Shai Dagoni
Shai Dagoni
3 years ago

Belgium performance has just threw my prediction to the bin

Shai Dagoni
Shai Dagoni
3 years ago

Iceland – mix is too low and it is an asault on the senses

Shai
Shai
3 years ago

Cyrus was a bit clinical

Australia was bonker but not a good song

Shai Dagoni
Shai Dagoni
3 years ago
Reply to  Shai

Cyprus, of course

Shai
Shai
3 years ago

Was busy,sorry.
So late comments.

Stage look amazing but not everyone is utilizing it to the fullest.

The postcards are really fun to look at and actually say something about the singers

Shai
Shai
3 years ago

Prediction time –

As usual, never watched a single footage from rehearsals and all based on what I have read(more or less), although in some cases I go with my gut feeling-

Cyprus
Slovenia
Czech Republic
Hungary
Serbia
Belgium
Australia
Iceland
Greece
San Marino

Estonia and Poland may replace one of teh above.

Have fun tonight.