The second semi-final yesterday resulted in 10 finalists for the Grand Final in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday at Expo Tel Aviv. They join the six pre-qualified finalists and the 10 countries that made it through the first semi-final on Tuesday.
If the first semi-final invited some surprises, the second went more as planned with all the favourites qualifying for the final on 18 May.
It was not enough to present good music and know how to sing a nice song – as Belgian hopeful Eliot did in the first semi-final – but also to show temperament and combine music with a spectacular show.
Swedish songwriter John Lundvik will definitely be one of the top favourites in the Grand Final. His song, Too Late For Love, reached the number one position in Sweden’s top 50 and is currently one of the most played songs on Swedish radio.
After his major breakthrough in the Swedish song festival in 2018, John had an exciting and hectic year during which he received the prestigious assignment to sing at a tribute concert celebrating Sweden’s Queen Silvia’s 70th birthday.
Besides representing Sweden in Tel Aviv, he has also worked as a writer and composer on United Kingdom’s Michael Rice’s song Bigger Than Us.
He tells – that the message of his song is that “it’s never too late for love”. Asked about his main competitors in the final, John replied that it is difficult to say.
“It’s in the hands of the jury and the people now but The Mamas (his accompanying choir) and I will do everything in our power to score most points.”
He says that he has experienced fantastic days in Tel Aviv and praises the food, the people and the weather in the city which is also known for its beach and Bauhaus architecture. One of the highlights was a garden party with 300 guests at the Swedish embassy.
He cannot compare this year’s Eurovision with previous events, as this is the first time for him, but feels that he is experiencing something powerful that he always will remember.
“Everyone participating in the Eurovision knows what it stands for: friendship, unity across borders, tolerance and diversity”, he says.
The following ten countries qualified after the second semi-final for the Grand Final (in order of announcement):