Odds on top 5 in Eurovision 2019 final
Which countries will be among the top five in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019?
Eurovision 2019 top 5
The Eurovision song contest has chosen Tel Aviv to host next year’s competition, despite the Israeli government previously declaring the event would be held in Jerusalem. The city’s mayor, Ron Huldai, said: “Eurovision is a perfect fit for our city, which has been internationally acclaimed for its vibrant energy, creative spirit, its lively cultural scene and its celebration of freedom.”
Naming the countries that will fight for a top 5 place in Tel Aviv is very hard, as a lot of songs are sounding very promising. The battle this year is huge, which will make from this year’s Eurovision a very entertaining and umpredictable contest.
Armenian singer Srbuk is best known for her talent show appearances: She was runner-up on The X Factor Armenia and came fourth on The Voice of Ukraine. And she’s certainly one to watch: the Youtube video for Srbuk’s entry has more views than most of her competitors.
Only aged 18, Michela won Malta’s first ever X Factor competition in January 2019. Her prize? Competing for her country at Eurovision 2019. Her song, Chameleon, has caused quite a stir in Eurovision circles. Filled with unusual drops, it’s predicted by most bookies to finish within the top 5.
Macedonian pop singer Tamara is no stranger to Eurovision, appearing as a backing singer for the Macedonian act in 2004 and competing in trio Tamara, Vrčak & Adrijan in 2008 (they failed to qualify for the final). Fun fact: her sister Tijana Dapcevic also represented Macedonia in the 2014 competition, but also failed to qualify for the final. This isn’t uncommon for the country: they’ve only reached the Eurovision final once since 2012.
Not to be confused with the lake in Tanzania, Lake Malawi is a Czech indie pop band that formed in 2013. Their upbeat song Friend of a Friend is about – would you believe it – friendship. As the band explained to Czech radio: “The song is about a friendship, about the theory that it’s enough to have three or four friends to reach anybody in the whole world.” In other words, classic Eurovision.
Turning to The Voice Belgique to source their talent once again – a strategy Belgium have used three times in the past five years – 18-year-old Eliot will be singing for his country in Tel Aviv. He’s certainly one to look out for: Eliot’s entry is one of the most viewed Eurovision entries on Youtube this year.
KEiiNO have been selected to represent Norway at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. They beat off competition from nine other artists this evening at the Oslo Spektrum. Their song “Spirit in the Sky” is the first Eurovision entry since 1980 to feature lyrics in Sámi.
Michael Rice has won a public vote to represent the UK in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. He was selected during Eurovision: You Decide on BBC Two after making the final three decided by a panel of judges and then winning the public vote. The former busker is now seeking Eurovision success with the specially-penned track Bigger Than Us. Rice is no stranger to TV singing shows, having won All Together Now on the BBC last year and making it onto The X Factor in 2014.