My quick guide to ESC Semi Final 1

Kate Miller-Heidke (Australia) Second Rehearsal | Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)

Kate Miller-Heidke (Australia) Second Rehearsal | Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)

Even if Sweden isn’t competing in this semi-final – and we’re therefore unqualified to vote – it will still be worth watching for sure. If you watch ESC for the crazy and controversial entries, this is definitely the Semi for you. You need this one to be able to keep up with the conversation in the office on Wednesday morning, I assure you.

The evening offers two songs written by Swedes. True to form, a Swedish act opens the show, with Cyprus’s entry being written by a Swedish team (Alex “Alex P” Papaconstantinou, Teddy Sky, Viktor Svensson, Albin Nedler & Kristoffer Fogelmark) and staged by Swedish producer Sacha Jean-Baptiste, her first of totally three entries this year. Later in the evening, Swedish singer Victor Crone will enter the stage for Estonia with a song partly written by Swedes (Victor Crone & Sebastian Lestapier) in collaboration with Estonians.

I dare say the winner of ESC 2019 will not be found here in Semi Final 1. Looking at the odds for Saturday’s winner, we currently find the highest ranked from this Semi Final, Australia, in 9th place. However, there’ll still be many memorable moments worth watching for on Tuesday. Or what do you think of this? Electronic Dance Music from Finland, ground-breaking musical art from Portugal, BDSM techno from Iceland, opera pop from Australia, an intense male choir from Georgia, 70s disco from San Marino, folk synth pop from Poland, indie-pop from the Czech Republic and a meditative ballad from Slovenia.

My personal favourites this evening (in alphabetic order): Australia, Estonia, Greece, Hungary and Serbia.

Qualifying for Saturday’s Grand Final according to the odds: Australia, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Serbia and Slovenia.

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