Eurovision Song Contest 2019: Everything you need to know
Can Kate Miller-Heidke bring Australia their first Eurovision crown?
The Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s live music event and in 2018, it attracted 186 million viewers worldwide and reached more than 2.9 million Australians*. The countdown for Eurovision 2019 is well and truly on.
For Australian’s, the song contest is wedged in between a huge weekend of events. Firstly the Federal Election is taking place on Saturday and the Finale of Game of Thrones will be on Monday. So here’s everything you need to know about this year’s contest.
When is Eurovision?
Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will begin at 5:00am on Wednesday 15th May (AEST). The Final will take place on Sunday 19th May at 5:00am (AEST).
Where is Eurovision 2019 taking place?
The 64th Eurovision will be taking place from Tel Aviv, Israel for the third time after 1979 and 1999, following the country’s victory in the 2018 edition with the song ‘Toy’, by Netta Barzilai.
How many countries take part in Eurovision?
41 countries will be participating. Bulgaria and Ukraine are the only two nations not taking part this year after entering in 2018. France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and Spain automatically qualify for the final as they are the biggest financial contributors to the European Broadcast Union and Israel is automatically in the final as the reigning champions of last year's Eurovision.
Who is Australia’s 2019 Eurovision entrant?
Singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke will take to the stage in Semi Final 1 with her operatic pop song Zero Gravity. She was selected by the Australian public and jury of industry experts at the first national selection show Eurovision – Australia Decides in February.
Kate is set to compete against 16 counties in Semi Final 1, including Sandstorm star Darude, Polish traditional folk group Tulia and Icelandic bondage-synth-punk trio Hatari.
Madonna at Eurovision
Madonna is confirmed to be performing two sings at Eurovision 2019.
The American star is being paid a reported $1 million to perform and will be bringing a 160 person entourage to the show in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Madonna will perform a new track and one of her classic hits - and is the most expensive booking in Eurovision history.
How can I watch Eurovision?
SBS will exclusively broadcast Eurovision live and in prime time to ensure you don’t miss any of the action.
Semi Final 1 – Wednesday 15 May, 5am (AEST) **FEATURING KATE MILLER-HEIDKE**
Semi Final 2 – Friday 17 May, 5am (AEST)
Grand Final – Sunday 19 May, 5am (AEST)
Semi Final 1 – Thursday 16 May, 8.30pm, SBS **FEATURING KATE MILLER-HEIDKE**
Semi Final 2 – Friday 17 May, 8.30pm, SBS
Grand Final – Sunday 19 May, 8.30pm, SBS
What are the odds for Eurovision 2019?
Netherlands – Duncan Laurence $3.08
Russia – Sergey Lazarev $5.50
Italy – Mahmood $11
Sweden – John Lundvik $11.50
Switzerland – Luca Hanni $12
Iceland – Hatari $17.30
Cyprus – Tamta $19
Greece – Katerine Duska $29
France – Bilal Hassani $67
Spain – Miki $70
Australia – Kate Miller-Heidke $81
UK – Michael Rice $151
Ireland – Sarah McTernan $251