Eurovision 2019 started months ago as a huge dream, and in May it finally becomes a reality. In a few weeks the stage in Expo Tel Aviv will be ready for the first technical rehearsals and it’s now time to find out a bit more about what we can expect. The head of production Ola Melzig recently revealed some behind the scenes info to Live Design, and we’re distilling the most relevant bits for you below.
At the moment, the production crew are working in Tel Aviv on the lighting and video content that will be pre-programmed into the computer systems. The official date for the load in — that’s the moving of massive equipment, including lights and rigs, into the venue — kicks off on April 1. After that date we can expect to see more updates from within the venue.
Previously stage designer Florian Wieder revealed that triangles, which nod to the Star of David, and the number 12, which refers to the 12 ancient tribes of Israel, will play a role. Melzig reconfirmed the news, adding that the triangles will have video strips and that the stage will also include revolving LED panels and “a lot of things on automation.” And as is standard, there will be LED walls, an LED floor, some moving lights and plenty of pyro. This stage doesn’t sit. It lives!
Apparently not all of the competing delegations want to rely solely on the LED walls and floor. Melzig says that some have asked for projections and other video options, which have required some additional projects to be added to the venue.
One country in particular seems to have very big ambitions.
Melzing speaks about one delegation — without mentioning its name — that requested some special LED tubes that are only available in Nashville. As the original supplier was far too expensive, and as Israel is a bit far from Europe and the US, the production team decided to source them closer to home. Melzig explained that it’s much more cost-efficient to get items from the suppliers they’re already in contract with, since they’re already shipping their equipment to Tel Aviv. Any idea of which country he’s referring to?
When Melzig was asked about the crew — that’s everyone from lighting technicians to stage sweepers — he mentioned that they are mainly locals. In fact, it’s the most local crew that he’s ever seen at Eurovision. Most of the lighting and video content creators as well as the multi-camera director are Israelis, but of course they draw on international support and expertise in a number of the roles.
During April the crew will start to install the technical equipment inside Expo Tel Aviv and will build the stunning stage that we’ve been dreaming of for months.
You can read more about the technical details and stage plans in our earlier posts:
Are you getting excited for the Tel Aviv stage? Which countries do you think Ola Melzig was talking about? Let us know in the comments below!