The Reference Group of the Eurovision Song Contest has chosen Tel Aviv to host the most popular European music show. The 64th Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place at the Expo Tel Aviv (International Convention Center). The shows will be held on Tuesday 14, Thursday 16 (semi-finals) and Saturday 18 May 2019 (Grand Final). The venue has around 10.000 seats.
This will be the first time that Tel Aviv host the Eurovision Song Contest. The city will also host the world’s largest Eurovision Village, on the Tel Aviv boardwalk, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea at Charles Clore Park.
Tel Aviv’s mayor Ron Huldai said: “The Eurovision is perfect fit for our city, which has been internationally acclaimed for its vibrant energy, creative spirit, its lively cultural scene and its celebration of freedom. We are looking forward to host a joyful and non-stop event.”
Besides Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Eilat and Beersheba were also under the consideration as the host cities. 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.
The Israeli government had initially requested that next year’s competition take place in Jerusalem, but this request created many controversies internationally and those plans faced a backlash.
Israel has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 42 times since making its debut in 1973. The country has won the show 4 times in: 1978, 1979, 1998 and 2018. The last victory for this country was made by Netta Barzilai with the song “Toy”.
Will Nadav Guedj the Israeli representer from 2015 show us Tel Aviv and how they do it? Stay tuned.