With Eurovision less than a month to go until Semi-Final 1 of Eurovision 2019 — that’s 29 days to be exact — officials are ready to show their hand. Today Israeli Broadcaster KAN and the Tel Aviv Municipality held a special press conference at EXPO Tel Aviv in which they introduced their plans for Eurovision. We were on hand and let us tell you something — THEIR AMBITIONS RUN HIGHER THAN ELENI’S ON-STAGE FLAMES!
The conference was held in two sessions – one in Hebrew for local journalists and the second one in English for international media. During the conference, organisers presented some official news and teased us with tantalising tidbits about the show. And after that they guided journalists inside the arena to see how construction is progressing. We were also allowed to take photos of the venue.
From Eurovision Village to the red carpet, which is now orange, there’s a lot to talk about. So let’s do this!
The second — and probably the last — wave of tickets will go on sale tomorrow. That’s Tuesday April 16th at 17:00 CET. There are still around 1,000 tickets for the Grand Final. That’s not a lot, so you’re going to need to be both fast and lucky.
We all remember the public criticism after the first wave was halted due to the tremendously high prices. Happily, KAN and the EBU have been listening. According to the official press release, prices will range from 200 NIS for rehearsals of the semi-finals (that’s €55/$50) to around 2,000 NIS for the VIP Green Room, which will be available for the final only (€550/$500). The EBU and the KAN recommend purchasing tickets only from the official website: Eurovision.tv/tickets.
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Preview of the Eurovision 2019 postcards
Over the last two months, all 41 acts have visited Israel to film their postcards – the introductory segments that air jut before the songs are performed. This year each participant will dance in one of the country’s stunning vistas accompanied by professional dancers. During the press conference, KAN shared a glimpse of the postcards, and they looks original, fresh and downright stunning. We will just put it here for you to judge by yourselves.
Orange is the new red (carpet)
This year, the Red Carpet is going orange! On May 12 the stars will strut to the Opening Ceremony in Habima Square, just in front of Israel’s national theatre and not far from the fancy Rothschild Boulevard. All delegations will arrive in limousines and after some mingling, will enjoy an entertaining show.
Israel’s Eurovision hosts
The First Semi-Final will take place on May 14th, the Second Semi-Final will take place on May 16th and the Final will be held on May 18th, under the direction of the four Israeli Eurovision Hosts: Erez Tal, Bar Refaeli, Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub. For the first time, the final broadcast in Israel (so for Israeli viewers) will start at 21:40 local time with a special broadcast developed by Yardena Arazi. It marks 40 years since she co-hosted the first Eurovision Song Contest in Israel exactly 40 years ago. According to KAN, all four hosts will appear in all the shows.
Netta Barzilai and Izhar Cohen among Israeli interval acts
This year, the interval acts will play a central role in each show and showcase Israeli culture. Yuval Cohen, TV and Show Producer and Deputy Executive Producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 said:
“After twenty years we are excited to host the world’s largest music competition, in which 41 unique songs from different countries around the world will take centre stage. A great deal of thought was invested in developing the line-up of the performances, with the aim of relating to the 200 million viewers watching across the globe and in the same breath bringing an Israeli experience to the screen”.
The full line-up:
- Last year’s winner, Netta, will perform a new and festive version of her winning song “Toy” and will open the first Semi Final. She will also sing a new song during the Grand Final.
- Dana International, Eurovision 1998 winner, will perform during both the second Semi Final and the Grand Final with a song which “will remind us that everyone deserves to be loved”.
- Izhar Cohen, the first Israeli to bring the Eurovision Song Contest to Israel after his win in 1978, will present the votes of the Israeli jury. Israel’s jury will be the last to present.
- Other Israeli artists will also participate during the interval. They include The Idan Raichel Project (a band led by the Israeli singer Idan Raichel) who will perform a song called “Bo’ee (translates as “Come to Me”). We’ll also hear from multi-media video artist aka Kutiman, who has recast a Eurovision song, and Shalva band, who participated in The Next Star but withdrew just before the final.
Gal Gadot at Eurovision
The highlight of the star-studded lineup is — no doubt — Israel’s very own Wonder Woman Gal Gadot. Today we learned she will also take part in the show…although the format has not been revealed. All we know is that she “will show Tel Aviv and Israel as never before…”).
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All-star international mashup
There’s more. The interval acts will also include a segment dedicated to the history of the contest, during which past participants from various participating countries will also appear. Curiously, they will do it in an unorthodox way: Eurovision 2014 winner Conchita Wurst will sing Eurovision 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw’s “Heroes” who will perform Eleni Foureira’s “Fuego” who will in turn pay tribute to Verka Serduchka’s iconic “Dancing Lasha Tumbai”. Verka will conclude this part of the show by singing “Toy”. Let the hilarity ensue! Eurovision 1979 winner, Gali Atari (lead singer of Milk & Honey), will also participate in this entertaining act.
Last but not least – Madonna. Although no formal conformation was given, KAN’s CEO, Eldad Koblenz implied that the iconic megastar will sing two songs in the Grand Final.
Dare to Dream
As we all know, the Eurovision slogan this year is Dare to Dream. It symbolizes both Israel as a (relatively) new state that was founded after World War II and its victory last year in Lisbon. KAN are aiming to prove to Europe that Israel has not only dared to dream but is also fulfilling the Eurovision Dream. This was expressed by Zivit Davidovitch, KAN’s Executive Producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019:
“The Eurovision Song Contest is not what we knew 20 years ago and certainly not 40 years ago. In 1999, there were only 23 participating countries and this year 41 countries will participate. As people across the globe look to Israel as the 2019 Eurovision hosts, we want to present Israel in the best way we can. The Israeli team working on the Eurovision Song Contest is of the most experienced, both in terms of production and creativity. The Israeli Eurovision team are working on the project with the deep aspiration and mission to represent Israel and to produce the best Eurovision Song Contest in the 64 years of the competition’s existence”.
Let me show you Tel Aviv
The Tel Aviv Municipality had their own session in which they presented all of their plans as well. They’ve printed out a guide with all the essentials and schedules that any fan must read. Said guide will be distributed to tourists throughout the city. We will present its salient points in a separate post within the next few days once we’ve reviewed it. It’s extensive.
How excited are you? Are you also counting the days until Eurovision 2019? Tell us what you think in the comments’ section below