Eurovision Song Contest 2019

The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will be the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The contest is scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv, Israel, following Israel's victory at the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal with the song "Toy", performed by Netta. The contest will be held at Expo Tel Aviv, the city's convention centre; the show will consist of two semi-finals on 14 and 16 May, and the final on 18 May 2019. Forty-two countries will take part in the contest, with Bulgaria absent for the first time since 2015.



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Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Dare to Dream
Semi-final 114 May 2019
Semi-final 216 May 2019
Final18 May 2019
VenueExpo Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
Presenter(s)Erez Tal
Bar Refaeli
Assi Azar (green room)
Lucy Ayoub (green room)
Executive supervisorJon Ola Sand
Executive producerZivit Davidovich[1]
Host broadcasterIsraeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC)
Interval act
  • Semi-final 2: Shalva Band[2]
Number of entries42
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countriesNone
Withdrawing countries Bulgaria
Voting systemEach country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will be the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The contest is scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv, Israel, following Israel's victory at the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal with the song "Toy", performed by Netta. The contest will be held at Expo Tel Aviv, the city's convention centre; the show will consist of two semi-finals on 14 and 16 May, and the final on 18 May 2019.[3]

Forty-two countries will take part in the contest, with Bulgaria absent for the first time since 2015.


Expo Tel Aviv – host venue of the 2019 contest

The 2019 contest will take place in Israel for the third time, after 1979 and 1999, following the country's victory at the 2018 edition with the song "Toy", performed by Netta Barzilai.[4]


The contest will take place at Expo Tel Aviv's 10,000-seat congress and convention centre called "Bitan 2" (Pavilion 2), which was inaugurated in January 2015.[3][5] Located on Rokach Boulevard in northern Tel Aviv, the convention centre serves as a venue for many different events, including concerts, exhibitions, trade fairs, and conferences. The fairground has ten halls and pavilions, plus a large outdoor space. The new pavilion hosted the 2018 European Judo Championships from 26–28 April.[6]

Bidding phase and host city selection

Locations of the candidate cities in Israel: the eliminated cities are marked in red, with the shortlisted cities in green and the chosen host city in blue.

After Israel's victory in Lisbon, Portugal, Netta Barzilai and 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).[4][7] Israeli finance minister Moshe Kahlon also stated in an interview that the event would be solely held in Jerusalem and estimated its cost at 120 million Israeli shekels (approximately €29 million).[8] The mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, mentioned Jerusalem Arena and Teddy Stadium as possible venues to host the event.[9] The municipality of Jerusalem had also confirmed that the contest would not be held at the International Convention Centre, which hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 1979 and 1999, due to its insufficient capacity.[10]

On 18 June 2018, Prime Minister Netanyahu stated that Israel had committed to remaining in compliance with EBU rules regarding the constitution of member broadcasters, as to not affect its hosting of Eurovision. The IPBC's establishment included a condition that news programming would later be delegated to a second public broadcasting entity, which violates EBU rules requiring member broadcasters to have their own internal news departments.[11][12]

On 19 June 2018, Israel was officially confirmed as the host country,[13] and on 24 June 2018, KAN formally opened the bidding process for cities interested in hosting the 2019 contest.[14] On 28 July 2018, Israeli Minister Michael Oren, who is closely connected to Prime Minister Netanyahu, stated that Jerusalem did not have the resources to host the contest, restating the common talking point that Tel Aviv was the more likely host.[15] Soon after, reports of the government not providing the €12 million downpayment, KAN requested to cover hosting expenses and security surfaced, with a compromise reached on 29 July 2018.[16]

Following a tense back-and-forth between KAN and the government, a compromise between the two parties was reached 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 announced that the city would be willing to pay for the Convention Center itself, should it be chosen as the host city.[17]

The week of 27 August 2018, executive supervisor/scrutineer Jon Ola Sand led a handful of EBU delegates around Israel to scope out the 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 it between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. He also stated that there was no serious discussion among members of the EBU for boycotting the event.[18]

On 13 September 2018, the EBU announced Tel Aviv as the host city, with Expo Tel Aviv as the selected venue for the 2019 contest.[3]

Key:     Host venue     Shortlisted

City[19] Venue Capacity Notes
Eilat[20] Hangars on the port 10,000 Proposal intended to connect two hangars to a hall, in order to meet the EBU's capacity and venue requirements.
Haifa Sammy Ofer Stadium 30,870 Candidacy had been dependent on the construction of a roof.
Jerusalem Pais Arena 11,000 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 31,733 Candidacy had been dependent on the construction of a roof.
Tel Aviv Expo Tel Aviv, Pavilion 2 10,000

Other sites

Location of host venue (red) and other contest-related sites and events (blue)

The Eurovision Village will be the official Eurovision Song Contest fan and sponsors area during the events week, where it will be possible to watch performances by local artists, as well as the live shows broadcast from the main venue. It will be located at the Charles Clore Park in Tel Aviv.[21]


Visual design

The slogan for the contest, Dare to Dream, was unveiled on 28 October 2018.[22] Its visual design was revealed on 8 January 2019 which features logo consisting of triangles forming a golden star. Along with the main version, there are two more alternative versions of the logo. The logo, brand and theme was created by Studio Adam Feinberg.[23]


On 25 January 2019, KAN announced that four presenters will host the three shows: TV hosts Erez Tal (who was also one of the Israeli commentators for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 grand final) and Assi Azar who work for the Israeli Channel 12, supermodel Bar Refaeli, and KAN host Lucy Ayoub, who was also the Israeli spokesperson at the 2018 contest.[24] Tal and Refaeli will be the main hosts, while Azar and Ayoub would be hosting the green room.[25]

Semi-final allocation draw

The draw to determine the allocation of the participating countries into their respective semi-finals took place on 28 January 2019 at 17:00 CET, at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.[26] The thirty-six semi-finalists had been allocated into six pots, based on historical voting patterns as calculated by the contest's official televoting partner Digame. Drawing from different pots helps to reduce the chance of so-called neighbourly voting and increases suspense in the semi-finals. The draw also determined the semi-final that each of the six automatic finalist countries (host country Israel and Big Five countries France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom) will broadcast and vote in. The ceremony was hosted by contest presenters Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub, and included the passing of a Eurovision insignia from the city of Lisbon (host city of the previous contest) to the city of Tel Aviv.[27]

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5 Pot 6

Participating countries

  Participating countries in the first semi-final
  Pre-qualified for the final but also voting in the first semi-final
  Participating countries in the second semi-final
  Pre-qualified for the final but also voting in the second semi-final

The EBU announced on 7 November 2018 that forty-two countries will participate in the contest, with Bulgaria absent due to financial reasons.[28][29]

Returning artists

The contest, as of 27 February 2019, will feature four representatives who also previously performed as lead vocalists for the same countries.

Two of these returning artists participated in 2016. Sergey Lazarev represented Russia, won the first semi-final and placed 3rd in the final with the song "You Are the Only One". Serhat represented San Marino with the song "I Didn't Know", which placed 12th in the first semi-final.

Joci Pápai, who will represent Hungary, previously represented the country in 2017 with the song "Origo", placing 8th in the final.

Tamara Todevska previously represented Macedonia (now named North Macedonia) in 2008 along with Vrčak & Adrian with the song "Let Me Love You", where they placed 10th in the second semi-final; she was also a backing vocalist in 2004 and 2014 for Toše Proeski and Tijana Dapčević respectively.

Jurijus Veklenko was a backing vocalist for Lithuania's representatives in 2013 and 2015.

Sahlene, who represented Estonia in 2002, will return as a backing vocalist for the United Kingdom.[30]

Semi-final 1

The first semi-final will take place on 14 May 2019 at 22:00 IDT (21:00 CEST).[31] Eighteen countries will participate in the first semi-final. Those countries plus France, Israel and Spain will vote in this semi-final.[32]

Country[33] Artist[33] Song[33] Language
First half
 Belarus TBD March 2019[34] TBD March 2019[34]
 Cyprus Tamta "Replay" English[35]
 Czech Republic Lake Malawi "Friend of a Friend" English
 Finland Darude feat. Sebastian Rejman[36] TBD 2 March 2019[36] English
 Hungary Joci Pápai "Az én apám" Hungarian
 Montenegro D-Moll "Heaven" English
 Poland Tulia
 Serbia TBD 3 March 2019[37] TBD 3 March 2019[37] Serbian[38]
 Slovenia Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl "Sebi" Slovene
Second half
 Australia Kate Miller-Heidke "Zero Gravity" English
 Belgium Eliot "Wake Up"[39] English
 Estonia Victor Crone "Storm" English
 Georgia TBD 2 March 2019[40] TBD 2 March 2019[41] Georgian[42]
 Greece Katerine Duska "Better Love"[43] English[44]
 Iceland TBD 2 March 2019[45] TBD 2 March 2019[45]
 Portugal TBD 2 March 2019[46] TBD 2 March 2019[46] Portuguese[47]
 San Marino Serhat TBA 7 March 2019[48]
 Ukraine TBA February 2019[49][50] TBA February 2019[49]

Semi-final 2

The second semi-final will take place on 16 May 2019 at 22:00 IDT (21:00 CEST).[31] Eighteen countries will participate in the second semi-final. Those countries plus Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom will vote in this semi-final. Switzerland was pre-drawn into this semi-final due to scheduling issues.[32]

Country[51] Artist[51] Song[51] Language
First half
 Armenia Srbuk
 Austria Paenda "Limits"
 Denmark Leonora "Love Is Forever" English, French, Danish[lower-alpha 2]
 Latvia Carousel "That Night" English
 Moldova TBD 2 March 2019[52] TBD 2 March 2019[52]
 Romania Ester Peony "On a Sunday" English
 Sweden TBD 9 March 2019[53] TBD 9 March 2019[53]
  Switzerland TBA 7 March 2019[54] TBA 7 March 2019[54]
Second half
 Albania Jonida Maliqi "Ktheju tokës" Albanian
 Azerbaijan TBA March 2019[55] TBA March 2019[55]
 Croatia Roko "The Dream" English, Croatian
 Lithuania Jurijus "Run with the Lions" English
 Malta Michela Pace
 Netherlands Duncan Laurence TBA 7 March 2019[56]
 North Macedonia Tamara Todevska "Proud"
 Norway TBD 2 March 2019[57] TBD 2 March 2019[57]
 Russia Sergey Lazarev


The final will take place on 18 May 2019 at 22:00 IDT (21:00 CEST).[31] Twenty-six countries will participate in the final, with all 42 participating countries eligible to vote.

Country[58] Artist[58] Song[58] Language
 France Bilal Hassani "Roi" French, English
 Germany S!sters "Sister" English
 Israel Kobi Marimi "Home"
 Italy Mahmood "Soldi" Italian[lower-alpha 3]
 Spain Miki "La venda" Spanish
 United Kingdom Michael Rice "Bigger than Us" English

Other countries

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 of participation in the contest to all fifty-six active members. The Israeli Minister of Communications Ayoob Kara has also invited countries from the Middle Eastern and North African region, with which Israel largely has tense relationships or no diplomatic relations. Kara pointed out Tunisia and the Gulf states Saudi Arabia as well as Dubai and Abu Dhabi as part of the United Arab Emirates.[59][60][61] 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 members

  •  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. In order for a return to take place, RTVA would need funding from the Andorran Government.[62] On 19 May 2018, Andorra confirmed that they would not return in 2019.[63]
  •  Bosnia and Herzegovina – On 25 May 2018, the Bosnian broadcaster, Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT), stated that the country would not be allowed to return to the contest in 2019 until debt-related sanctions placed on them by the EBU are lifted. Bosnia and Herzegovina last took part in 2016.[64]
  •  Bulgaria – Despite confirming their preliminary participation in the 2019 contest, Bulgarian National Television (BNT) announced on 13 October 2018 that many members of the delegations were moving onto other projects,[65] and on 15 October 2018, BNT announced that they would withdraw from the contest in 2019 due to financial difficulties.[29]
  •  Luxembourg – On 21 July 2018, the Luxembourgish broadcaster RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg (RTL) announced that they would not return to the contest in 2019. Luxembourg last took part in 1993.[66]
  •  Monaco – On 17 August 2018, the Monégasque broadcaster Télé Monte Carlo (TMC) announced that they would not return to the contest in 2019. Monaco last took part in 2006.[67]
  •  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.[68]
  •  Turkey – After the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım had stated in an interview that Turkey had no plans to return to the contest,[69] on 4 August 2018 İbrahim Eren, the 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.[70][71]

Associate EBU members

  •  Kazakhstan – On 22 December 2017, it was claimed that Channel 31 had finalised negotiations with the EBU, allowing Kazakhstan to debut in 2019;[72] however, on 23 December 2017, the EBU told Esctoday 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".[73][74] On 25 July 2018, it was announced that Kazakhstan will participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018, thus making a debut in 2019 possible.[75] On 30 July 2018, the EBU stated that the decision to invite Kazakhstan was made solely by the Junior Eurovision reference group, and there were no current plans to invite associate members other than Australia.[76] 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."[77] However, he later clarified that Kazakhstan would not have an entry in the 2019 edition.[78]

Non-EBU members

  •  Kosovo – According to EBU guidelines, Kosovo's participation in 2018 would have been possible due to Portugal recognising Kosovo as a state.[79] Radio Television of Kosovo (RTK) decided not to participate, however still broadcast the contest in 2018.[80] Israel does not recognise Kosovo, but both states foster good relations.[81][unreliable source?] RTK general director Mentor Shala said that they are still pushing for full membership, and still hope to debut at the 2019 contest. They are currently still in talks with the EBU.[82] The EBU will vote on full membership of the Kosovar broadcaster in June 2019, possibly allowing the country to debut in 2020, or in the near future after that.[83]
  •  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 currently in the process of applying for EBU membership and are "in [the] process of complying all requirements".[84] They also reiterated their intention to select the participant through a national selection process in the form of Liechtenstein Music Contest "open to any form of music".[85] However, on 20 July 2018, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) stated that 1 FL TV had not applied for EBU membership.[86] On 26 July 2018, 1 FL TV confirmed that Liechtenstein will not debut at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 due to the sudden death of the broadcaster's director, Peter Kölbel.[87]

Commentators and spokespersons


The spokespersons announce the 12-point score from their respective country's national jury.


Most countries will send commentators to Tel Aviv or comment from their own country, in order to add insight to the participants and, if necessary, the provision of voting information.

Non-participating countries


Religious requests

On 14 May 2018, Yaakov Litzman, leader of the ultra-Orthodox party United Torah Judaism and Israel's former Minister of Health, drafted a letter to the Ministers of Tourism, Communications, and Culture and Sports, in which he requested that the event not violate religious laws: "In the name of hundreds of thousands of Jewish citizens from all the populations and communities for whom Shabbat observance is close to their hearts, I appeal to you, already at this early stage, before production and all the other details of the event has begun, to be strict [in ensuring] that this matter does not harm the holiness of Shabbat and to work in every way to prevent the desecration of Shabbat, God forbid, as the law and the status quo requires".[94] According to Jewish religious law, Shabbat—the holy sabbath—is observed from just before sunset on Friday evening until Saturday night. The Saturday evening broadcast of the show, which will start at 22:00 local time, will not conflict with this. However, the Friday evening jury show and Saturday afternoon rehearsals would. Similar protests arose in the lead-up to the 1999 Israeli-held competition, but then there were fewer competing teams allowing for certain adjustments to be made to accommodate the issue. The Chairman of the EBU's Eurovision committee, Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling, noted that he was well aware of the tension, and has plans to address it in his communications with the Israeli broadcaster.[95] Shalva Band, who will perform as the interval act during the second semi-final, withdrew from Israel's national final citing similar concerns on possibly performing during Shabbat in the rehearsals for the final, should they have won.[96]

Calls for boycott

Due to the contest being held in Israel, and initially there being a potential for Jerusalem to host for a third time, some have expressed their discontent and called for a boycott, as part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Despite this, no country withdrew as a result of such calls.

  •  Australia – The Australian Greens party raised questions about a potential boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel with Senator Lee Rhiannon stating: "Recent events along the Gaza border have shown that the Israeli army engage in lethal military actions, on days that are seen as ‘significant’ or when Palestinian-protests are planned," she said. "This means Eurovision's activities could impact on who lives and who dies. Will SBS consider these factors when it considers whether to participate in next year's contest or if it's held in 2020?" Michael Ebeid, the CEO of Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) stated "Israel has won before, Israel has hosted before and it in the spirit of unity and bringing people together and cultures together I can't imagine that we would not televise Eurovision next year."[97] Australia later confirmed their participation on 1 October 2018.
  •  Iceland – Although Iceland confirmed provisional participation in the 2019 contest, 23,000 Icelanders signed a petition calling on the Icelandic national broadcaster Ríkisútvarpið (RÚV) to boycott the event. Icelandic musician Daði Freyr stated that he would no longer participate in the Icelandic national selection Söngvakeppnin and called upon RÚV to boycott the event, tweeting "We can't imagine taking part in the fun that is Eurovision with a clear conscience while the Israeli state and their army use such terrible violence against the Palestinian people."[98] It was then announced that RÚV would stage a meeting deciding if they would boycott the event, following calls from Icelandic fans.[99] On 13 September 2018, Iceland confirmed participation in Eurovision 2019.
  •  Ireland – Former Lord Mayor of Dublin Mícheál Mac Donncha, who is banned from entering Israel due to his support for the BDS movement, stated that Ireland should withdraw from the 2019 contest due to it taking place in Israel.[100] Sinn Féin MEP, Lynn Boylan called for a boycott via Twitter; "Israel wins Eurovision so let's make BDS more successful than ever in 2019". MEP Nessa Childers stated "Jerusalem? The mind boggles. I thought Tel Aviv". Fellow Sinn Féin member Órla Nic Biorna also expressed her discontent. The Irish Alternative called for a boycott.[101] Irish Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan has also called for RTÉ to boycott the event, stating "Look, we don't agree with this, to celebrate while other people are dying."[102] Former Irish TV host Mike Murphy has also called for a boycott of the event.[103] Irish television show The Tonight Show aired a segment in regards to Israel's right to host the contest. On the panel was a range of Irish celebrities all of whom spoke in favour of a boycott. This included members of the public.[104] On 21 June 2018, sitting Tánaiste Simon Coveney stated that he did not believe a boycott would advance the Palestinian cause, and rejected the idea of Ireland boycotting the 2019 contest on those grounds. Sinn Féin called on RTÉ to boycott the event.[105] On 16 August 2018 Ireland confirmed their participation in the 2019 edition.
  •  Portugal – Several Portuguese artists have appealed in an open letter addressed to RTP, responsible for choosing the national representative, to boycott Portugal participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. "We urge RTP to act within the EBU-European Broadcasting Union so that the festival is transferred to a country where war crimes – including murders of journalists – are not committed and otherwise withdraw completely from the 2019 Festival," reads the letter. It also states that "Eurovision does not combine with Apartheid," alleging that the public station, announcing Portugal's participation in the contest in May, "confirms its willingness, in the name of entertainment, to cover up the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory and the continued denial of the human rights of the Palestinian people." It concludes: "We do not want to become complicit in the human rights violations of the Palestinian people. We want to call the world's attention to colonization, which is becoming more violent every year." The list of signatories includes, among others, writer Alexandra Lucas Coelho, artist Joana Villaverde, singer Francisca Cortesão, actors João Grosso, Maria do Céu Guerra and Manuela de Freitas, painter Teresa Dias Coelho, filmmaker Susana Sousa Dias and the photographer Nuno Lobito.[106][107]
  •  Sweden – The Left Party of Malmö suggested that Eurovision Song Contest should not take place in Israel, stating: "It's absolutely unreasonable for Israel to host this gigantic music contest while the occupation is in progress. We want Israel to be excluded from Eurovision on humanitarian grounds. We can not continue dancing while the persecution of the Palestinian people continues. Boycott Israel now!"[108] Sweden confirmed provisional participation in the 2019 contest, and competed in both the 1979 and 1999 contests held in Israel.
  •  United Kingdom – On 7 September 2018, centre-left British newspaper The Guardian published an open letter containing 141 signatures from artists and music industry professionals, including 15 from the United Kingdom, calling for a boycott of the contest due to "violations of Palestinian human rights".[109] The Times also published a debate column online entitled "Should we boycott Eurovision" a month following Netta's win in Lisbon.[110] On 19 September 2018, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) confirmed they will take part in 2019.

National selection disruptions

As part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, several national selections were disrupted in the run-up to the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. On 19 January 2019, the second-semi final of Destination Eurovision was invaded by stage intruders who held up signs declaring that Eurovision 2019 should be boycotted as it is hosted in Israel.[111]

On 20 January 2019, protesters gathered outside the Eurovision Gala of Operación Triunfo, handing out leaflets calling for a boycott of the contest.[112]

The European Broadcasting Union has reportedly sent a special letter to all participating broadcasters advising precautions that they can take to prevent similar disruptions.[113]

Controversy surrounding the selection of the Ukrainian artist

During the final of the national selection, it was announced that the broadcaster had reserved the right to change the decision made by the jury and Ukrainian public. Following Maruv's win, it was reported that the broadcaster had sent her management a contract, requiring Maruv to cancel all upcoming appearances and performances in Russia in order to become the Ukrainian representative. She was also given 48 hours to sign the contract or be replaced.[114] The day afterwards, Maruv revealed that the broadcaster's contract had additionally banned her from improvising on stage and communicating with any journalist without the permission of the broadcaster, and required her to fully comply with any requests from the broadcaster. If she were to not follow any of these clauses, she would be fined 2 million. Maruv also stated that the broadcaster would not give her any financial compensation for the competition and would not pay for the trip to Tel Aviv.[115]

On 25 February, both Maruv and the broadcaster confirmed that she would not represent Ukraine in Israel due to disputes within the contract, and that another act would be chosen.[116] National final runner-up Freedom Jazz announced on 26 February that they had rejected the broadcaster's offer to represent Ukraine as well.[117]

It has become controversial for Ukrainian artists to tour in Russia following the 2014 Russian military intervention in Ukraine.[118]

The incident garnered media coverage from major international outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Billboard, The Telegraph, The Independent, SBS News, The Irish Independent, Le Figaro, Cosmopolitan, and ABC.[119]

See also

Notes and references


  1. Switzerland, who had been allocated to pot five, was pre-allocated to compete in the second semi-final at the request of Swiss broadcaster SRF.
  2. Also contains a line in German.
  3. Contains two lines in Arabic.


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