The long journey to selecting the host city for Eurovision 2019 is nearing its end. Israeli media is reporting that host broadcaster KAN has recommended Tel Aviv as the host city for Eurovision 2019 and that the EBU is “expected to accept” the recommendation.
Local newspaper Israel Hayom reported today that senior officials of KAN have recommended Tel Aviv as the host city, with the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds as the venue for the song contest.
The paper reports that the European Broadcasting Union is “expected to accept” their recommendation.
Members of the EBU have recently been on the ground in Israel, where they have assessed the potential host cities. From that, the city of Eilat was ruled out as a potential host, leaving only Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
However, EBU Executive and Supervisor Jon Ola Sand had a clear message that hosting Eurovision without having the possibility to work on Saturday is impossible. This suggested that Tel Aviv would win the honour of hosting the contest as it’s more secular than Jerusalem, which is the centre of the country’s Ultra-Orthodox population.
Israel Hayom also reports that two potential date ranges are being considered. The most likely option will have the grand final on Saturday, May 25th 2019, however, organisers are also considering having it one week earlier, on May 18th. Either way, the dates have not yet been confirmed, so don’t go booking non-refundable flights or hotels.
Why Tel Aviv?
Tel Aviv’s hosting bid has gained a lot of momentum in recent weeks. The reported location is Pavilion 2 at The Tel Aviv Convention Center (also known as the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds), which can hold around 10,000 people.
The mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai has stated that if Tel Aviv is selected to host the contest, The Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality will cover the costs of the venue. Huldai also stated that the Eurovision Village for ESC 2019 in Tel Aviv would be larger than the one and Lisbon and would include bars, restaurants, and shows running during rehearsals.
It’s been rumoured that the Eurovision Village venue that the city of Tel Aviv has in mind is Charles Clore Park, a thirty-acre park directly on the Mediterranean Sea. The park is dotted with art and sculptures and the view from the park of the sun setting into the Mediterranean is truly breathtaking. Charles Clore Park is also the site of the annual Tel Aviv Pride Parade’s concluding celebration.
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