Eurovision 2019 LIVE: Greece to knock the Netherlands off top spot in first semi-final

Eurovision 2019 kicks off in just under 30 minutes on BBC Four tonight and 17 countries will take to the stage at Expo Tel Aviv, Israel. 

Last year’s winner Netta Barzilai is going to open the show with a rearrangement of her victorious song ‘Toy’ and 1998 winner Dana International is also going to appear for a special interval act. 

Tonight’s first Semi-Final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will see 10 counties with the highest point totals qualify for the Grand Final, which is set to take place this Saturday night. 

Viewers are able to vote for their favourite songs if they are in one of the 17 participating countries, Israel, Spain or France; as they are the three pre-qualified finalists. 

Voting lines open as soon as the hosts announce it. 

Yesterday, during the second Dress Rehearsal, or Jury Show, the international juries cast their votes and their vote counts for 50 per cent of the tonight’s result for the first Semi-Final. 

As for who is going to win tonight’s first semi-final, it seems Greece is the firm favourite according to bookmakers Coral. 

However, the Netherlands are still sitting at number one for winning the entire singing competition on Saturday night with odds of 2-1. 

“The Netherlands are the ones to beat for Eurovision 2019 and they’re expected to breeze through the second semi-final later in the week. They’re our hot favourites to win the contest,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead. 

“Greece are the favourites to win the first semi-final although are rated as 33-1 outsiders to win the whole competition, with the second semi looking much stronger. France have seen a lot of support in the betting and are now just 7-1 to win and well worth keeping an eye on. “ 

But what about the UK? Cut from 5-1, their odds of finishing last place in the final are now at 4-1. 

Eurovision 2019: Semi-finals is airing on BBC Four 8pm until 10pm. 

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