The mystery is solved as EBU has just announced that the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will take place on May 14, 16 and 18 at the Israel Trade Fairs & Convention Center in Tel Aviv. Eurovision is back to the Asian country for the fourth time following the victory of Netta and her ‘Toy’ at the 2018 Grand Final.
From Lisbon to Tel Aviv, Eurovision will travel to the Israeli city in 2019. It’s been a long race in which EBU and KAN have had to face several mishaps and polemics, but everything is solved! “Tel Aviv presented a very creative and compelling bid across all required areas. It was chosen following a strong city bid process which also saw Jerusalem and Eilat vie to host the world’s most hotly anticipated musical event, which reaches around 200 million viewers worldwide”, said EBU. Both Israel and Jerusalem competed in the last phase of the city race to host Europe’s Favourite TV show.
Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s 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.”
Frank-Dieter Freiling, Chairman of the ESC Reference Group said: “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 security, access for everyone to attend, freedom of expression and ensuring the non-political nature of the Contest. These guarantees are imperative in order for us to move forward with the planning of the event and to uphold the Eurovision Song Contest values of diversity and inclusivity.”
Eurovision 2019 will be held at the Israel Trade Fairs & Convention Center in Tel Aviv, the city that has gathered strength during the past few days. The First Semi-Final of the competition will take place on May 14, the Second- Semi-Final on May 16, while the Grand Final will be held on May 18.
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