April is right around the corner — and that means your favourite Eurovision stars are about to hit the campaign trail. All you diehard Eurovision fans know this year’s Eurovision pre-parties include events in Riga, Moscow, Amsterdam and London — and in that order. But this year Tel Aviv is getting in on the action!
Yes, on April 12, and for the very first time, Israel will stage a massive Eurovision preview party in Tel Aviv called “Israel Calling”. Organisers are slowing rolling out the names of this year’s participating acts — and they are coming from all over Europe. This is the biggest Eurovision event taking place in Israel since the country hosted the contest in 1999.
It seems that Nadav Guedj was serious when he sang “let me show you Tel Aviv” last year. Artists and journalists from around the world are invited for a three-day visit to Tel Aviv. The highlight will, of course, but the unique promo event, in which the artists will perform their entries for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
The Israel tour
The artists’ visit to Israel, which will take place from April 11 to April 13, has been made possible thanks to the funding and support of Israel’s Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Tel Aviv Municipality, who recognize the importance of such an event in bringing inbound tourism to Israel, as well as its contribution to Israel’s international PR. It’s also a great platform to show the world the beauty of Israel.
During their visit, the artists will tour Tel Aviv and its most attractive sites, dine in its finest restaurants and
participate in a special reception, where they will walk the red carpet at a gala event, hosted by Tel Aviv’s mayor, Mr. Ron Huldai, the ambassadors of the represented countries, VIP’s and artists.
A press conference for the foreign press will also be held.
The actual concert will take place on Tuesday, April 12. A live show will take place in the beautiful Theatre Club (Ha’teatron), where Hovi Star and other artists will perform their entries.
- Sergey Lazarev (Russia)
- Amir (France)
- Sanja Vucic ZAA (Serbia)
- Freddie (Hungary)
- Agnete (Norway)
- Poli Genova (Bulgaria)
- Donny Montell (Lithuania)
- Michal Szpak (Poland)
- ZOË (Austria)
- Samra (Azerbaijan)
- Joe and Jake (United Kingdom)
- Jüri Pootsmann (Estonia)
- Ovidiu Anton (Romania)
- ManuElla (Slovenia)
- Sandhja (Finland)
- Eneda Tarifa (Albania)
- Rykka (Switzerland)
- Lidia Isac (Moldova)
- Ivan (Belarus)
- Hovi Star (Israel)
- Kids.IL (The Israeli representatives at Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012)
- Izhar Cohen – The first Israeli Eurovision winner (1978). He also represented Israel in Eurovision 1985.
- Avi Toledano – The Israeli representative at Eurovision 1982 and the composer of the Israeli entry for Eurovision 1983.
- Moran Mazor – The Israeli representative at Eurovision 2013.
- Svika Pick – The composer of Israel’s winning song for Eurovision 1998, “Diva”.
You can follow the event’s official social media channels below:
Expectations are high: The Israeli parties during Eurovision are usually the best ones. This is how the Israeli party looked at EuroClub 2015 in Vienna.
The event is initiated and produced by television producer Mrs. Tali Eshkoli, who previously produced Israel’s biggest Eurovision national selection, Kdam Eurovision 2013, as well as a series of documentary films and televised articles about the contest and the artists who represented Israel. You might also recognize her as the Israeli spokesperson at Melodifestivalen this year.
Eshkoli is also behind the collaboration between the Israel Broadcasting Authority and Keshet Media Group, resulting in having the popular TV show “The Next Star” as the Israeli national selection for Eurovision 2015 and 2016. Eshkoli also produces the famous Israel Party which occurs every year at the Eurovision Song Contest host city. Israel’s Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Foreign Affairs have joined Mrs. Eshkoli’s initiative, knowing that the visitors are public opinion leaders, and can contribute immensely to Israel’s tourism and international reputation.