Back in November Israel’s Channel 10 reported that the semi-final allocation draw for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will take place on January 28. And today we can reveal exclusive new details about the event, which will assign the participating countries into the two semis.
Mr Gidi Shmerling, Tel Aviv’s municipal spokesperson and its Eurovision project manager, has revealed to wiwibloggs that the semi-final draw will take place inside the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. The draw takes place along with the ceremonial transfer of the Eurovision keys from Lisbon to Tel Aviv.
Originally — and following the lead of previous Eurovision host cities — the event was meant to take place in Tel Aviv’s city hall. But KAN conducted a test-run and it wasn’t satisfied, so launched a search for a new venue. Mr Shmerling’s confirmation ends domestic speculation about the matter.
Go behind-the-scenes of the 2018 allocation draw.
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is one of Israel’s leading cultural institutions. It include an Old Masters Department with art dating from the 16th century, and a more modern and contemporary section with international works from the mid-19th century to the present. There are plenty of impressive spaces — think high ceilings, glass, white walls — where KAN and the EBU can set up the draw.
Eurovision 2019 red carpet at HaBima?
The Eurovision 2019 red carpet event, which takes place immediately before the opening ceremony at Eurovision, will be another major highlight. It’s a chance for journalists to catch up with acts at the end of the first week of rehearsal, and an opportunity for the singers to slip into their Sunday best and feel like total stars.
Yediot has reported in its print edition that HaBima — Israel’s national theatre — will host the opening ceremony, though we’ve not seen an official announcement or had confirmation. The gorgeous building is situated in central Tel Aviv very close to the prestigious Rothschild Boulevard. It’s among the city’s most expensive streets and a must-visit for tourists. The red carpet would be outside and lead to the venue.
As ever, the actual opening ceremony at the theatre will be a closed event for the delegations and special guests.
We’ll keep you updated with more information as and when it drops.