National final season is officially over! Today all 41 participating countries sent their heads of delegation to Tel Aviv, Israel for the official meeting with the European Broadcasting Union. At this meeting, every country officially confirmed their Eurovision entry and hosting details finalised. In addition, the home nation running order draw took place and we now know officially where Israel will perform in the final running order.
As usual, the host nation automatically qualifies for the final meaning that Israel will not need to fight it out with the majority of other countries in the two semi finals. Today at the head of delegation meeting and press conference, Israel drew 14th in the running order meaning that Israeli representative Kobi Marimi will perform his huge power ballad 'Home' fourteenth in the final - kicking off the second half of the night.
Kobi will be joined in the final automatically by the Big 5 - France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. All five of these participants will draw their halves in the final on the red carpet at the official Eurovision Song Contest 2019 launch event - expected to be on Sunday 12th May. The other twenty spaces in the final will be filled by the ten qualifiers from each of the two semi finals - to take place on Tuesday 14th and Thursday 16th of May.
Andy reacted to the Israeli 2019 entry earlier today following its debut last night. Check out his reaction here;
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