The countdown to Eurovision has already begun, with a number of countries already announcing who will be representing them in the competition.
When is it on?
- Semi-final 1 will be held on Tuesday 14 May 2019
- Semi-final 2 will be held on Thurs 16 May 2019
- The final will be held on Saturday 18 May 2019
What’s the controversy?
With the victory by its representative Netta in 2018, Israel became the host of the 2019 Eurovision final. Tel Aviv has been confirmed as the host city.
Israel continues to resist criticism of its treatment of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, and critics of the Israeli government are citing the embrace of Eurovision as further evidence of ‘pinkwashing’ the countries problematic record on human rights.
Who is our early favourite?
Most of the participating countries are well advanced in their process for selecting which singer and song will be representing them in the competition.
Our attention has been caught by the hopefuls vying to represent the Czech Republic.
Pam Rabbit’s catchy track Easy to Believe is easy to dance to, and the singer embraces the diversity of her fan-base. She’s been quoted as saying that she hopes to inspire underdogs and people who have been left out. Fingers crossed she makes it through to be able to compete in Tel Aviv.
Wherever you are in the world, you can get involved and show your support for your favourite through the Eurovision app.