To Tel Aviv! After much back and forth, speculation and rumour, the announcement that Tel Aviv will be the host nation for Eurovision 2019 was made official today. The LGBT-friendly, liberal, coastal metropolis had been in direct competition with the Israeli capital and two time Eurovision hosts Jerusalem.
The Contest dates were also confirmed. The two semi finals will take place on Tuesday 14 May and Thursday 16 May, with the Grand Final taking place on Saturday 18 May. This announcement has already seen the demand for hotel rooms on these dates sky rocket in the city and that is before the tickets have even gone on sale.
The host venue is the Tel Aviv Convention Centre. Despite having a capacity of around 10,000, early reports suggest that there may only be as few as 4,000 tickets available for fans for the live shows- possibly as result of the proposed stage design.
No further details have been given but rumoured presenters include X-Factor Israel and Israel’s Rising Star host Shiri Maimon, Israel’s Eurovision commentator Erez Tal, and Eurovision 2018 Spokesperson for Israel Lucy Ayoub.
As per the trend in recent years, tickets are expected to go on sale in waves, with the first wave expected in December 2018/January 2019.
Despite threats from multiple nations of a boycott of the Contest (due to Israeli bombardment of Palestine), 31 nations have already confirmed their participation for 2019. They are: Albania, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland,
Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, four of the Big Five; United Kingdom, France, Germany and Spain and of course hosts Israel.