Get ready to throw some shapes: Israel Hayom has revealed the concept of the Eurovision 2019 postcards for Tel Aviv. The general theme, as they describe it, is Everybody Dance Now!
The idea is to travel with the 42 participants while they dance in a variety of styles — including hip hop, ballet, parkour, modern dance and more. They’ll do so throughout Israel’s varied landscapes. Sources tell wiwibloggs that the contestants’ shoes will play an important role, and will be used to symbolise a transition from the real world to the magical realms of Israel. We’re preparing ourselves for lots of close-ups of sneakers, pumps and stilettos!
Contestants who aren’t natural dancers needn’t worried: They’ll be supported by professional dancers who will make them look amazing. Among the dancers reportedly involved is Stephane Lager. He’s a model and hip-hop dancer and a son of immigrants from Togo who has become one of Israel’s leading dancers and celebrities. He’s also a symbol of acceptance of foreign workers — a hotly disputed topic in Israel. Lager recently participated in Israeli Ninja.
Other names include Ana Aronov, a dancer and dancing teacher who became known to the Israeli public after her participation in Dancing With The Stars. She’s originally from Kyrgyzstan and immigrated to Israel when she was a child.
The Israeli Ballet, the Israeli Olympic Artistic Swimming Team and the Bath Sheva Dance Company have also been approached by KAN and to participate in the postcards. According to Israel Hayom, all contestants will arrive in Israel during February and March and will be filmed in different locations showcasing Israel, some of which have already been decided. They include:
- Mount Hermon, Israel’s highest mountain in the Golan Heights
- Eilat, Israel’s most southern city which is known as the Israeli Riviera, and which borders both Jordan and Egypt
- The ancient port of Caesarea
- Masada and the Dead Sea
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The postcards have become an integral part of the show and they are no longer only “time wasters” to allow technicians to prepare the stage between each entry. In recent years, their focus has been on the artists while they visit different locations in the host country and it looks as if KAN is going to continue this trend.
When Israel hosted the song contest in 1979, the postcards featured typical stories or usual stereotypes of the participating countries un a humorous way. In 1999, stories of Jewish culture were animated and merged with real actors and artists.
Eurovision 2019 postcard production
“Gustavo Productions” will produce the postcards after OG Hafakot, which had originally won the tender, withdrew in December because they didn’t feel they would profit given the budget.
Two pilots have already been submitted and approved by KAN. Pænda from Austria is reportedly the first artist to arrive in Israel to shoot her postcard — at Hermon Mountain. But this has been rescheduled due to bad weather conditions.
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