It has been almost two weeks since the end of the Eurovision 2019 security deposit saga. And attention is now fixed firmly on the selection of a host city.
Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom reported that EBU representatives arrived in Israel on Tuesday to discuss arrangements for Eurovision 2019 with broadcaster KAN. During their stay, they will visit the host city candidates as the deadline for the announcement approaches.
As we reported previously, the question of the host city for next year’s competition has not been decided. However, it seems that the race is now between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, with Eilat a very distant outsider.
According to the EBU rules, the host city must have a venue for at least 10,000 guests, a large press area and enough hotel rooms to accommodate visitors. Jerusalem satisfies all these criteria. On the other hand, its controversial status and ultraorthodox demands to avoid rehearsals during Shabbat may eventually pave the way for Tel Aviv to win.
Some commentators also suggest that Tel Aviv is more suitable for Eurovision because it has a more tolerant view of the contest as Israel’s gay capital. Furthermore, Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai has offered to help with the funding of the event and to build Eurovision Village by the seashore at Charles Clore Park.
Curiously, the EBU delegation to the holy land follows a meeting that took place last week between KAN and some Swedish producers who were involved in the production of the contest in 2016. Israel Hayom said that they will be advising KAN on its preparations. Let’s hope that KAN will implement SVT’s high standards as they are definitely pros when it comes to hosting Eurovision.
Eurovision potential hosts
Israel Hayom also mentioned the delegation visit in its gossip section. The column featured Corinne Gideon, an Israeli TV host and one of Keshet / Israel channel 12‘s youngest talents. This may suggest that Gideon is among the candidates to host Eurovision, alongside Erez Tal and Assi Azar. Gideon, 26, replaced Assi as co-host of the Israeli version of Big Brother after he left to host The Next Star. She had been rumoured previously as a potential host but this was not confirmed.