Hovi Star shouted “dare to dream the dreams that really do come true!” at the end of his 2016 performance. And tonight this seems more appropriate than ever. That’s because the Israeli broadcaster KAN has echoed his sentiments in announcing the slogan for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019: Dare To Dream. The announcement comes after a long period of Post-Eurovision Depression. National Final season is right around the corner!
The slogan is more vague than 2018’s “All Aboard” — a direct reference to Lisbon’s maritime history. This year’s slogan is also less linked to the host nation itself.
— ??? (@kann) October 28, 2018
Words from the bosses…
Israeli prime minister Benajmin Netanyahu has said of the tagline: “Netta dared to dream about Eurovision this year, I dare to dream so that Eurovision will be held in Israel in 2020 as well. I am sure all the songs will be great, but we can dream.”
Eurovision chief Jon Ola Sand said:
“This aspirational tag line represents and symbolises everything that the Eurovision Song Contest is about. It’s about inclusion. It’s about diversity. It’s about unity.”
“Being on that stage, daring to dream you can win the Eurovision Song Contest, be brave enough, be confident enough, standing there performing for a world audience is something that is worth the dream. This is what Netta did last year, when she performed in Lisbon. She went on that stage with a dream — a dream to bring the Eurovision Song Contest back to Israel. And she succeeded. And next year in May, in Tel Aviv, we will all meet to celebrate the good values of the Eurovision Song Contest and we will do it here, with the help of broadcaster KAN and the Israeli team.”
The slogan fits beautifully with the history of the contest, which was founded in the aftermath of World War II to promote peace and unity. The continent has overcome so much to unite for the show — from political infighting to ever-changing notions of what it means to be European. In an age marked by division, terrorism, tightening borders and more, it remains more relevant than ever.
Did any of you guess right?
We asked you to tell us what slogans you wanted to see at next year’s contest, and y’all came back to us with STYLE. In our Eurovision 2019 slogans suggestion video below you can see if anyone got it bang on…along with some great alternatives, some expressly political ones and some TMI from William and Deban!