The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 was the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Tel Aviv, Israel, following the country's victory at the 2018 contest with the song "Toy" by Netta. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC/KAN), the contest was held at Expo Tel Aviv, and consisted of two semi-finals on 14 and 16 May, and a final on 18 May 2019. The three live shows were presented by Israeli television presenters Erez Tal, Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub and Israeli model Bar Refaeli.
|Eurovision Song Contest 2019|
|Dare to Dream|
|Semi-final 1||14 May 2019|
|Semi-final 2||16 May 2019|
|Final||18 May 2019|
|Venue||Expo Tel Aviv|
Tel Aviv, Israel
|Directed by||Amir Ukrainitz|
|Executive supervisor||Jon Ola Sand|
|Executive producer||Zivit Davidovich|
|Host broadcaster||Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC/KAN)|
|Number of entries||41|
|Non-returning countries|| Bulgaria|
|Voting system||Each country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to 10 songs: the first–from a professional jury, the second–from viewers.|
|Nul points in final||None[a]|
|Winning song|| Netherlands|
Forty-one countries participated in the contest, with Bulgaria and Ukraine not returning after their participation in the previous edition. Members of Bulgaria's delegation had been moved to other projects, while Ukraine, which had originally planned to participate, ultimately withdrew as a result of a controversy surrounding its national selection.
The winner was the Netherlands with the song "Arcade", performed by Duncan Laurence and written by Laurence along with Joel Sjöö, Wouter Hardy and Will Knox. Italy, Russia, Switzerland and Sweden rounded out the top five, although, due to a voting error, Norway were placed fifth and Sweden sixth – this was corrected three days after the contest. Further down the table, North Macedonia and San Marino achieved their best results to date, finishing 7th and 19th respectively. Israel finished 23rd in the final, making it the fourth time that the host country ranked in the bottom five since 2015.
The EBU reported that the contest had an audience of 182 million viewers in 40 European markets, a decrease of 4 million viewers from the previous edition. However, an increase of two percent in the 15–24 year old age range was reported.
The lead-up to the contest was met with controversy on multiple fronts, primarily on issues surrounding the Israeli–Palestinian conflict – this eventually led to demonstrations by interval act performer Madonna and Icelandic entrants Hatari during the broadcast of the final.
The 2019 contest took place in Tel Aviv, Israel, following the country's victory at the 2018 edition with the song "Toy", performed by Netta Barzilai. It was the third time that Israel had hosted the contest, after having hosted the 1979 and 1999 contests in Jerusalem. The selected venue was Expo Tel Aviv's 7,300-seat congress and convention centre in "Bitan 2" (Pavilion 2), which was opened in January 2015. Located on Rokach Boulevard in northern Tel Aviv, the convention centre serves as a venue for many events, including concerts, exhibitions, trade fairs, and conferences. The fairground has ten halls and pavilions, plus a large outdoor space. The new pavilion had recently hosted the 2018 European Judo Championships from 26 to 28 April.
After Israel's victory in the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal, Netta Barzilai and the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that the 2019 contest would be held in Jerusalem, but this was yet to be confirmed by the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC/KAN) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Israeli finance minister Moshe Kahlon also said in an interview the event would be held solely in Jerusalem and estimated its cost at 120 million Israeli shekels (approximately €29 million). The mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, mentioned Jerusalem Arena and Teddy Stadium as possible venues to host the event. The municipality of Jerusalem confirmed that because it lacked the seating capacity, the contest would not be held at the International Convention Centre, which had hosted the contest in 1979 and 1999.
On 18 June 2018, Netanyahu stated that Israel had committed to remaining in compliance with EBU rules regarding the constitution of member broadcasters, so as not to affect its hosting of Eurovision. The IPBC's establishment included a condition that news programming would be delegated later to a second public broadcasting entity. This would have violated EBU rules requiring member broadcasters to have their own internal news departments.
The following day, Israel was officially confirmed as the host country, and on 24 June 2018, KAN formally opened the bidding process for cities interested in hosting the 2019 contest. Israeli deputy minister Michael Oren stated that Jerusalem did not have the resources to host the contest on 28 July, reiterating that Tel Aviv was the more likely host.
Soon afterwards, reports surfaced of the government not providing the €12 million downpayment requested by KAN to cover hosting expenses and security. Following a tense back-and-forth between KAN and the government, a compromise between the two parties was reached on 29 July 2018 that would see KAN paying the €12 million to the EBU and the Finance Ministry covering expenses should complications arise. The mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai, announced that the city would be willing to pay for the convention centre itself, should it be chosen as the host city.
In the week of 27 August 2018, executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand led a handful of EBU delegates around Israel to look at potential venues in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and to hear the bid from Eilat. On 30 August 2018, Sand stated in an interview with KAN that Eilat was no longer in the running to host, leaving Jerusalem and Tel Aviv as the remaining cities in the running. He added that there was no serious discussion among members of the EBU about boycotting the event.
On 13 September 2018, the EBU announced Tel Aviv as the host city, with Expo Tel Aviv as the chosen venue for the 2019 contest.
Key:Host venue Shortlisted venues
|Eilat||Hangars on the port||Proposal intended to connect two hangars to a hall, in order to meet the EBU's capacity and venue requirements.|
|Haifa||Sammy Ofer Stadium||Candidacy had been dependent on the construction of a roof.|
|Jerusalem||Pais Arena ‡||Indoor arena similar to the venues of recent contests. It was Jerusalem's preferred venue, in case they were chosen to be the host city.|
|Teddy Stadium||Candidacy had been dependent on the construction of a roof.|
|Tel Aviv||Expo Tel Aviv, Pavilion 2 †||The IPBC expected Pavilion 2 to have room for up to 9,000 attendees, while an additional 1,500 fans will be able to gather in the greenroom.|
Located at the Charles Clore Park in Tel Aviv, the Eurovision Village was the official Eurovision Song Contest fan and sponsors' area during the events week. It was open from 12 to 18 May 2019. There it was possible to watch performances by local artists, as well as the live shows broadcast from the main venue.
The EuroClub was located at Hangar 11 in Tel Aviv Port and was the venue for the official after-parties and private performances by contest participants. Unlike the Eurovision Village, access to the EuroClub was restricted to accredited fans, delegates, and press.
The "Orange Carpet" event, where the contestants and their delegations are presented before the accredited press and fans, took place at Habima Square in central Tel Aviv on 12 May 2019, followed by the Opening Ceremony at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium.
The contest's slogan, "Dare to Dream", was unveiled on 28 October 2018, while the official logo and branding were revealed on 8 January 2019. Designed by Awesome Tel Aviv and Studio Adam Feinberg, it consists of layered triangles designed to resemble a star, reflecting "the stars of the future" coming to Tel Aviv.
Filmed between March and April 2019, and directed by Keren Hochma, the 2019 postcards involved the act travelling to a location in Israel that resembles that of their own country. An imaginary play button circled above the act's head, and, when the act pressed it, they performed a themed dance and threw the play button towards the screen, afterwards, it "flies over" to the stage where the ceiling lit up with their country's flag using augmented reality. The dances in each postcard were wide-ranging and included parkour, ballet and street dance, among other styles. The following locations were used:
- Albania – Banias Nature Reserve
- Armenia – Masada National Park
- Australia – Jaffa
- Austria – Tel Aviv Bauhaus
- Azerbaijan – Gan HaShlosha National Park
- Belarus – Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, Jerusalem
- Belgium – Mitzpe Ramon
- Croatia – The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
- Cyprus – Eilat
- Czech Republic – Caesarea
- Denmark – Jerusalem International YMCA
- Estonia – Tel Aviv Promenade
- Finland – Financial District, Ramat Gan
- France – Tel Aviv Museum of Art
- Georgia – Acre
- Germany – Sea of Galilee
- Greece – Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem
- Hungary – Beit Guvrin National Park
- Iceland – Beit She'an National Park
- Ireland – Palm Plantation, Eylot
- Israel – Old City, Jerusalem
- Italy – Ashdod Port
- Latvia – Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance, Tel Aviv
- Lithuania – HaBonim Beach
- Malta – Timna Park
- Moldova – Zichron Yaakov's Wineries
- Montenegro – Mikhmoret Beach
- Netherlands – Mount Arbel
- North Macedonia – Carmel Forest
- Norway – Judean Desert
- Poland – Mishkenot Sha'ananim, Jerusalem
- Portugal – Dead Sea
- Romania – Mount Hermon
- Russia – Tower of David, Jerusalem
- San Marino – Solar Thermal Power Station, Ashalim
- Serbia – Cherry Blossom, Ein Zivan
- Slovenia – Ruhama Badlands
- Spain – Haifa
- Sweden – Tel Aviv Port
- Switzerland – Charles Bronfman Auditorium
- United Kingdom – Bahá'í Gardens, Haifa
On 25 January 2019, KAN announced that four presenters would host the three shows: TV hosts Erez Tal (who was also one of the Israeli commentators for the 2018 final) and Assi Azar (who works for the Israeli Channel 12), supermodel Bar Refaeli and KAN host Lucy Ayoub (who was also the Israeli jury spokesperson at the 2018 contest). Tal and Refaeli were the main hosts, while Azar and Ayoub hosted the green room.
Semi-final allocation drawEdit
The draw to determine the participating countries' semi-finals took place on 28 January 2019 at 17:00 CET, at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. The thirty-six semi-finalists were divided over six pots, based on historical voting patterns as calculated by the contest's official televoting partner Digame. The purpose of drawing from different pots was to reduce the chance of "bloc voting" and to increase suspense in the semi-finals. The draw also determined which semi-final each of the six automatic qualifiers – host country Israel and "Big Five" countries France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom – would broadcast and vote in. The ceremony was hosted by contest presenters Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub, and included the passing of the host city insignia from Duarte Cordeiro, vice mayor of Lisbon (host city of the previous contest) to Ron Huldai, mayor of Tel Aviv.
|Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3||Pot 4||Pot 5||Pot 6|
On 30 March 2019, the EBU announced that the presentation of the televoting results during the final would change for the first time since the current voting system was introduced in 2016. The jury results' presentation remained the same with a live spokesperson in each participating country revealing the top song from their national jury that earned 12 points. In a change from previous years, the televoting result was revealed in the order of jury ranking, from the lowest to the highest.
Opening and interval actsEdit
On 8 April 2019, it was confirmed that Madonna would perform three songs during the final. The EBU later revealed they would be "Future" featuring Quavo and "Like a Prayer" and a yet-to-be released song, "Dark Ballet". On 15 April 2019, the EBU released further information about the opening and interval acts.
The first semi-final was opened by Netta Barzilai, performing a new version of her winning song "Toy", and also featured Dana International with "Just the Way You Are". The second semi-final included Shalva Band performing "A Million Dreams" and mentalist Lior Suchard.
The final was opened with the traditional flag parade introducing the 26 finalists, which featured Netta Barzilai, Dana International with "Diva" and "Tel Aviv", Nadav Guedj with "Golden Boy" and Ilanit with "Ey Sham". In the "Switch Song" interval act, five former Eurovision participants were featured: Conchita Wurst performed "Heroes", Måns Zelmerlöw performed "Fuego", Eleni Foureira performed "Dancing Lasha Tumbai", Verka Serduchka performed "Toy", and Gali Atari, together with the four above-mentioned artists, performed her winning song "Hallelujah". Idan Raichel then performed "Bo’ee – Come to Me" together with the Idan Raichel Project. Netta Barzilai later performed her new single "Nana Banana", while actress Gal Gadot also appeared in a short video skit.
Madonna's interval performance in the final was heavily criticised due to her poor vocal performance, and further criticisms were raised when her official YouTube channel uploaded a video of the performance with the vocals auto-tuned. Madonna's representatives at Live Nation were subject to a lawsuit by host broadcaster KAN following the performance.
On 6 March 2019, the EBU confirmed North Macedonia would take part for the first time under its new name, instead of the previous name of Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia which had been used since the country first participated in 1998.
The contest featured five representatives who had performed previously as lead vocalists for the same countries. Two of them participated in 2016—Sergey Lazarev represented Russia and won the semi-final, while Serhat represented San Marino in the semi-final. Joci Pápai represented Hungary in 2017. Tamara Todevska represented Macedonia (now named North Macedonia) in the 2008 semi-final, alongside Vrčak and Adrian, and backed in 2004 and 2014 for Toše Proeski and Tijana Dapčević, respectively. Nevena Božović represented Serbia in the semi-final of 2013 as part of Moje 3, and in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2007. The contest also featured a former backing vocalist representing his country for the first time—Jurij Veklenko provided backup for Lithuania in 2013 and 2015.
On the other hand, previous representatives returned to provide supporting vocals for their own or another country. Mikheil Javakhishvili, Georgia's representative in 2018 as part of Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao, backed Oto Nemsadze. Mikel Hennet, who represented Spain in 2007 as part of D'Nash, backed Miki. Stig Rästa, Estonia's representative in 2015 alongside Elina Born, backed Victor Crone. Mladen Lukić, who represented Serbia in 2018 as part of Balkanika, backed Nevena Božović. Sahlene, who represented Estonia in 2002, and provided backing for her native country Sweden in 1999, for Malta in 2000 and for Australia in 2016, backed for the United Kingdom this time. Jacques Houdek, who represented Croatia in 2017, backed Roko. Émilie Satt, who represented France in 2018 as part of Madame Monsieur, backed Bilal Hassani.Destiny Chukunyere, who won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 for Malta, backed Michela.
The first semi-final took place on 14 May 2019 at 22:00 IDT (21:00 CEST). Seventeen countries participated in the first semi-final. Those countries plus France, Israel and Spain voted in this semi-final. Ukraine was originally allocated to participate in the second half of the semi-final, but withdrew from the contest due to controversy over its national selection. The highlighted countries qualified for the final.
|3||Finland||Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman||"Look Away"||English||23||17|
|4||Poland||Tulia||"Fire of Love (Pali się)"||Polish, English||120||11|
|5||Slovenia||Zala Kralj and Gašper Šantl||"Sebi"||Slovene||167||6|
|6||Czech Republic||Lake Malawi||"Friend of a Friend"||English||242||2|
|7||Hungary||Joci Pápai||"Az én apám"||Hungarian||97||12|
|9||Serbia||Nevena Božović||"Kruna" (Круна)||Serbian[d]||156||7|
|11||Georgia||Oto Nemsadze||"Keep On Going"||Georgian[e]||62||14|
|12||Australia||Kate Miller-Heidke||"Zero Gravity"||English||261||1|
|13||Iceland||Hatari||"Hatrið mun sigra"||Icelandic||221||3|
|16||Greece||Katerine Duska||"Better Love"||English||185||5|
|17||San Marino||Serhat||"Say Na Na Na"||English[f]||150||8|
The second semi-final took place on 16 May 2019 at 22:00 IDT (21:00 CEST). Eighteen countries participated in the second semi-final. Those countries plus Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom voted in this semi-final. Switzerland was pre-drawn into this semi-final due to scheduling issues. The highlighted countries qualified for the final.
|4||Switzerland||Luca Hänni||"She Got Me"||English||232||4|
|6||Romania||Ester Peony||"On a Sunday"||English||71||13|
|7||Denmark||Leonora||"Love Is Forever"||English, French[g]||94||10|
|8||Sweden||John Lundvik||"Too Late for Love"||English||238||3|
|10||Croatia||Roko||"The Dream"||English, Croatian||64||14|
|12||Lithuania||Jurij Veklenko||"Run with the Lions"||English||93||11|
|14||Albania||Jonida Maliqi||"Ktheju tokës"||Albanian||96||9|
|15||Norway||Keiino||"Spirit in the Sky"||English[h]||210||7|
|17||North Macedonia||Tamara Todevska||"Proud"||English||239||2|
The final took place on 18 May 2019 at 22:00 IDT (21:00 CEST). Twenty-six countries participated in the final, with all forty-one participating countries eligible to vote.
Detailed voting resultsEdit
Belarusian jury dismissal and incorrect aggregated voteEdit
The Belarusian jury was dismissed following the revelation of their votes in the first semi-final, which is contrary to the rules of the contest. To comply with the contest's voting regulations, the EBU worked with its voting partner, Digame, to create a substitute aggregated result (calculated based on the results of other countries with similar voting records), which was approved by voting monitor Ernst & Young, to determine the Belarusian jury votes for the final. In these results, Israel, which did not receive points from any other jury during the final, received 12 points from Belarus.
However, Twitter user @euro_bruno noted on May 19 that it appeared an incorrect substitute Belarusian result was announced during the broadcast of the final four days earlier. The mistake was confirmed in a statement issued by the EBU three days later, on 22 May 2019. According to the statement, the EBU "discovered that due to a human error an incorrect aggregated result was used. This had no impact on the calculation of points derived from televoting across the 41 participating countries and the overall winner and Top 4 songs of the contest remain unchanged. To respect both the artists and EBU Members which took part, [they wished] to correct the grand final results in accordance with the rules."
The error, a reversal of the Belarusian aggregated votes, led to the bottom ten countries receiving points instead of the top ten. Malta, which had been incorrectly ranked last, would receive Belarus' 12 jury points, and Israel would end up with no jury points. The corrected point totals also changed some rankings: Sweden finished fifth overall instead of Norway, Belarus finished 24th overall instead of Germany, San Marino ended 19th despite losing four points, and North Macedonia won the jury vote instead of Sweden.
The mistake made by the EBU and their voting partner was widely panned by the press. Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad said the EBU had to present the new vote totals "blushing with shame", calling the situation "chaos". British newspaper Metro thought the EBU had "screwed up", while the Daily Mirror named the accidental reversal of the aggregated vote total a "scandalous blunder".
A similar situation occurred in the 1976, 1977, 1979, 1996 and 1998 contests and the semi-final of the 2004 contest, whereupon the results also had to be corrected after the broadcast due to an error with the votes.
The corrected results have been used in all following scoreboards (where applicable).
Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's professional jury and televote in the first semi-final. Countries in bold gave the maximum 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to the specified entrant.
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|5||Australia||Belgium, Finland, Iceland, Poland, Spain|
|Czech Republic||Australia, Estonia, Georgia, Portugal, Slovenia|
|4||Greece||Cyprus, Israel, Montenegro, San Marino|
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|4||Iceland||Australia, Belarus, Finland, Poland|
|3||San Marino||Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary|
|Greece||Cyprus, San Marino|
Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's professional jury and televote in the second semi-final. Countries in bold gave the maximum 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to the specified entrant.
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|7||Sweden||Armenia, Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Latvia, Netherlands, Norway|
|4||North Macedonia||Albania, Croatia, Germany, United Kingdom|
|3||Netherlands||Lithuania, Malta, Switzerland|
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|4||Norway||Albania, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden|
|3||Albania||Italy, North Macedonia, Switzerland|
|Lithuania||Ireland, Norway, United Kingdom|
|Russia||Armenia, Azerbaijan, Latvia|
|Switzerland||Austria, Germany, Malta|
Below is a summary of the maximum 12 points awarded by each country's professional jury and televote in the final. Countries in bold gave the maximum 24 points (12 points apiece from professional jury and televoting) to the specified entrant.
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|10||Sweden||Armenia, Australia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain|
|6||Italy||Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Malta, North Macedonia, San Marino|
|Netherlands||France, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Sweden|
|North Macedonia||Albania, Austria, Moldova, Serbia, Switzerland, United Kingdom|
|4||Czech Republic||Georgia, Hungary, Norway, Slovenia|
|N.||Contestant||Nation(s) giving 12 points|
|11||Russia||Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, San Marino|
|8||Norway||Australia, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom|
|4||Italy||Croatia, Malta, Spain, Switzerland|
|3||Iceland||Finland, Hungary, Poland|
|2||Albania||Italy, North Macedonia|
|North Macedonia||Serbia, Slovenia|
- Portugal – Inês Lopes Gonçalves
- Azerbaijan – Faig Aghayev
- Malta – Ben Camille
- North Macedonia – Nikola Trajkovski
- San Marino – Monica Fabbri
- Netherlands – Emma Wortelboer
- Montenegro – Ajda Šufta
- Estonia – Kelly Sildaru
- Poland – Mateusz Szymkowiak
- Norway – Alexander Rybak
- Spain – Nieves Álvarez
- Austria – Philipp Hansa
- United Kingdom – Rylan Clark-Neal
- Italy – Ema Stokholma
- Albania – Andri Xhahu
- Hungary – Bence Forró
- Moldova – Doina Stimpovschi
- Ireland – Sinéad Kennedy
- Belarus – Maria Vasilevich
- Armenia – Aram Mp3
- Romania – Ilinca
- Cyprus – Hovig
- Australia – Electric Fields
- Russia – Ivan Bessonov
- Germany – Barbara Schöneberger
- Belgium – David Jeanmotte
- Sweden – Eric Saade
- Croatia – Monika Lelas Halambek
- Lithuania – Giedrius Masalskis
- Serbia – Dragana Kosjerina
- Iceland – Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson
- Georgia – Gaga Abashidze
- Greece – Gus G
- Latvia – Laura Rizzotto
- Czech Republic – Radka Rosická
- Denmark – Rasmussen
- France – Julia Molkhou
- Finland – Christoffer Strandberg
- Switzerland – Sinplus
- Slovenia – Lea Sirk
- Israel – Izhar Cohen
Eligibility for potential participation in the Eurovision Song Contest requires a national broadcaster with active EBU membership that will be able to broadcast the contest via the Eurovision network. The EBU issued an invitation to participate in the contest to all active members. The Israeli minister of communications, Ayoob Kara, also invited other countries from the MENA region. With some Israel largely had tense relationships and others no diplomatic relations at all. Kara pointed out that Tunisia and the Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, were invited. Tunisia is eligible to participate but has not due to rules banning the promotion of Israeli content, while the Gulf states do not have national broadcasters with EBU membership.
Active EBU membersEdit
- Andorra – Despite being absent for 10 years, local media reported that Ràdio i Televisió d'Andorra (RTVA) was still interested in returning to the contest, but the principality's failure to make the final along with the cost was discouraging the broadcaster from participating. For a return to take place, RTVA would need funding from the Andorran Government. On 19 May 2018, Andorra confirmed that they would not return in 2019.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina – On 25 May 2018, the Bosnian broadcaster, Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT), announced that it would not be participating in 2019, stating that the country would not be allowed to return to the contest until debt-related sanctions placed on them by the EBU are lifted. Bosnia and Herzegovina last took part in 2016.
- Bulgaria – Despite confirming their preliminary participation in the 2019 contest, Bulgarian National Television (BNT) announced on 13 October 2018 that many members of the delegation were moving onto other projects, and on 15 October 2018, BNT announced that they would withdraw from the 2019 contest because of financial difficulties.
- Slovakia – On 31 May 2018, the Slovak broadcaster Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska (RTVS) announced that the country would not return to the contest in 2019 due to financial difficulties. Slovakia last took part in 2012.
- Turkey – Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said in an interview that Turkey had no plans to return to the contest. On 4 August 2018, İbrahim Eren, general manager of Türkiye Radyo Televizyon Kurumu (TRT), said that at the moment the broadcaster was not considering returning to the contest for various reasons, including Conchita Wurst's victory for Austria in 2014. Turkey last took part in 2012.
- Ukraine – On 27 February 2019, UA:PBC announced the withdrawal of the country from the contest, due to the controversy surrounding its national selection. Despite this, the channel still broadcast the show.
Associate EBU membersEdit
- Kazakhstan – On 22 December 2017, the Ministry of Culture and Sport claimed that Channel 31 had finalised negotiations with the EBU, allowing Kazakhstan to debut in 2019; however, on 23 December 2017, the EBU stated that "Channel 31 Kazakhstan has indeed expressed interest in becoming a member of the EBU and hence participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. However, since Channel 31 is outside the European Broadcasting Area and is also not a member of the Council of Europe, it is not eligible to become an active member of the EBU." On 25 July 2018, it was announced that Kazakhstan would participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, thus making a debut in 2019 possible. On 30 July 2018, the EBU stated that the decision to invite Kazakhstan was made solely by the Junior Eurovision Steering Group, and there were no current plans to invite associate members other than Australia. On 22 November 2018, Jon Ola Sand said in a press conference that "we need to discuss if we can invite our associate member Kazakhstan to take part in adult ESC in the future, but this is part of a broader discussion in the EBU and I hope we can get back to you on this issue later." However, he later clarified that Kazakhstan was not going to have an entry in the 2019 edition.
- Kosovo – In June 2018, RTK general director Mentor Shala said that they were pushing for full membership to still be able to take part in the 2019 contest. However, in December 2018, RTK's membership vote was delayed until June 2019.
- Liechtenstein – On 4 November 2017, 1 Fürstentum Liechtenstein Television (1 FL TV), the national broadcaster of the Principality of Liechtenstein, confirmed that the country were planning a debut in the 2019 contest, and that they were applying for EBU membership and are "in [the] process of complying all requirements". They also reiterated their intention to select the participant through a national selection process in the form of Liechtenstein Music Contest. However, on 20 July 2018, the EBU stated that 1 FL TV had not applied for membership. On 26 July 2018, 1 FL TV confirmed that Liechtenstein would not debut at the 2019 contest due to the sudden death of the broadcaster's director, Peter Kölbel.
Countries may add commentary from commentators working on-location or remotely at the broadcaster. Commentators can add insight to the participating entries and the provision of voting information.
The European Broadcasting Union provided international live streams of both semi-finals and the final through their official YouTube channel with no commentary. The live streams were geo-blocked to viewers in Bolivia, Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay, United States and Venezuela due to rights limitations. After the live broadcasts, all three shows were made available for every country listed above, except the United States and Canada.
|Albania||All shows||RTSH, RTSH Muzikë, Radio Tirana||Andri Xhahu|||
|Armenia||All shows||Armenia 1, Public Radio of Armenia||Aram Mp3 and Avet Barseghyan|||
|Australia||All shows||SBS||Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey|||
|Austria||All shows||ORF 1||Andi Knoll|||
|Azerbaijan||All shows||İTV||Murad Arif|||
|Belarus||All shows||Belarus-1, Belarus 24||Evgeny Perlin|||
|Belgium||All shows||La Une||French: Jean-Louis Lahaye and Maureen Louys|||
|SF1/Final||één||Dutch: Peter Van de Veire|||
|Croatia||All shows||HRT 1, HR 2||Duško Ćurlić|||
|Cyprus||All shows||CyBC||Evridiki and Tasos Tryfonos|||
|Czech Republic||Semi-finals||ČT2||Libor Bouček|||
|Denmark||All shows||DR1||Ole Tøpholm|||
|Estonia||All shows||ETV||Estonian: Marko Reikop|||
|ETV+||Russian: Aleksandr Hobotov and Julia Kalenda|||
|Finland||All shows||Yle TV2||Finnish: Mikko Silvennoinen and Krista Siegfrids|||
|Swedish: Eva Frantz and Johan Lindroos|
|Semi-finals||Yle Radio Suomi||Finnish: Sanna Pirkkalainen and Toni Laaksonen|
|Final||Finnish: Sanna Pirkkalainen and Sami Sykkö|
|France||Semi-finals||France 4||André Manoukian and Sandy Heribert|||
|Final||France 2||Stéphane Bern and André Manoukian|
|Georgia||Semi–finals||1TV||Helen Kalandadze and Gaga Abashidze|||
|Final||Helen Kalandadze, Gaga Abashidze and Nodiko Tatishvili|
|Final||One, Das Erste, Deutsche Welle|
|Greece||All shows||ERT2, ERT Sports HD||Giorgos Kapoutzidis and Maria Kozakou|||
|SF1/Final||Voice of Greece|
|Hungary||All shows||Duna||Krisztina Rátonyi and Freddie|||
|Iceland||All shows||RÚV||Icelandic: Gísli Marteinn Baldursson|||
|Semi–finals||RÚV 2||English: Alex Elliott|||
|SF2||RTÉ Radio 1||Neil Doherty and Zbyszek Zalinski|
|Israel||All shows||Kan 11, Kan 88||Sharon Taicher and Eran Zarachowicz|||
|Italy||Semi-finals||Rai 4, Rai Radio 2||Federico Russo and Ema Stokholma|||
|Final||Rai 1||Federico Russo and Flavio Insinna|
|Rai Radio 2||Ema Stokholma and Gino Castaldo|
|Latvia||All shows||LTV||Toms Grēviņš and Ketija Šēnberga|||
|Lithuania||All shows||LRT televizija, LRT Radijas||Darius Užkuraitis and Gerūta Griniūtė|||
|Moldova||All shows||Moldova 1|||
|Montenegro||All shows||TVCG 1, TVCG SAT||Dražen Bauković and Tijana Mišković|||
|Netherlands||All shows||NPO 1||Jan Smit and Cornald Maas|||
|Final||NPO Radio 2||Wouter van der Goes and Frank van 't Hof|||
|North Macedonia||All shows||MRT 1||Toni Cifrovski|||
|Norway||All shows||NRK1||Olav Viksmo-Slettan|||
|Final||NRK3||Ronny Brede Aase, Silje Nordnes and Markus Neby|||
|NRK P1||Ole-Christian Øen|||
|Poland||All shows||TVP1, TVP Polonia||Artur Orzech|||
|Portugal||All shows||RTP1, RTP Internacional||José Carlos Malato and Nuno Galopim|||
|Romania||All shows||TVR 1, TVR HD, TVRi||Liana Stanciu and Bogdan Stănescu|||
|Russia||All shows||Russia-1, Russia HD||Dmitry Guberniev and Olga Shelest|||
|San Marino||All shows||San Marino RTV, Radio San Marino||Lia Fiorio and Gigi Restivo|||
|Serbia||SF1/Final||RTS1, RTS HD, RTS Svet||Duška Vučinić|||
|SF2||Tamara Petković and Katarina Epštajn|
|Final||Radio Belgrade 1||Nikoleta Dojčinović and Katarina Epštajn|
|Slovenia||Semi-finals||TV SLO 2||Andrej Hofer|||
|Final||TV SLO 1|
|Spain||Semi-finals||La 2||Tony Aguilar and Julia Varela|||
|Radio Nacional, Radio 5, Radio Exterior||Daniel Galindo|
|Sweden||All shows||SVT1||Charlotte Perrelli and Edward af Sillén|||
|SR P4||Carolina Norén and Björn Kjellman|
|Switzerland||Semi-finals||SRF zwei||German: Sven Epiney|||
|Semi-finals||RTS Deux||French: Jean-Marc Richard and Nicolas Tanner|||
|Final||RTS Un||French: Jean-Marc Richard, Nicolas Tanner and Bastian Baker|
|SF2||RSI La 2||Italian: Clarissa Tami and Sebalter|||
|Final||RSI La 1|
|United Kingdom||Semi-finals||BBC Four||Scott Mills and Rylan Clark-Neal|||
|Final||BBC One||Graham Norton|