After long discussions in the EBU headquarters it is finally decided: Tel Aviv will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2019!
After a long strong bid process of which city will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Israel, Tel Aviv provided the best overall package to host the competition and therefore eliminated Jerusalem and Eilat in the bid process.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will be held at the EXPO Tel Aviv (International Convention Center).
The dates of the comeptition has also been announced. The first semi final will be held on 14th May, the second semi final on 16th May and the grand final on 18th May!
Jon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest said: “We’d like to thank all the Israeli cities who bid to host the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, and KAN who conducted an expert and thorough assessment to help us make the final decision. All the bids were exemplary but in the end we decided that Tel Aviv provides the best overall setup for the world’s largest live music event. We are excited to bring the Contest to a brand new city and are looking forward to working together with KAN to make 2019’s Eurovision Song Contest the most spectacular one yet.”
Tel Aviv is known for its hot weather and strong LGBT community and party scene. We are sure that the Eurovision fans will have a wonderful time in Tel Aviv with lots of parties, nice and friendly people and sunny weather.
Frank-Dieter Freiling, Chairman of the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group added: “We look forward to working with KAN to bring the Contest to Tel Aviv for the first time. We are expecting to receive guarantees from the Prime Minister this week in regards to the security and freedom of movement of anyone coming to the event. These guarantees are imperative in order for us to move forward with the planning of the event to ensure the safety of visitors and upholding the Eurovision Song Contest values of diversity and inclusivity.”
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Source and images: eurovision.tv (EBU)