Semi-Final 1 of Eurovision 2019 is only four weeks away. Usually we have to wait until the first semi to get our first glimpse of the postcards — those 50-second clips in between songs, aired as the crew set up the next performance. However, in a rather action-packed week, Israeli broadcaster KAN has supplied us with some sweet, sweet looks into the clips, which are, without question, among the Eurofans’ favourite parts of the show.
On Monday KAN hosted members of the press — including our very own Ron and Izhar — at a special press conference and tour, where they discussed several aspects of this year’s contest. They even let curious journalists see the arena in person for the very first time.
Wow, what a day. I got to visit the #Eurovision venue today?.
It might not be THAT big (yet not that small) but Israel does dream big and aim for the best Eurovision ever. Thank you wiwibloggs, KAN, Expo and Tel Aviv. Updates soon on wiwibloggs and here?#DareToDream #ESC2019 pic.twitter.com/lX875OAqrP
— Ron K. (wiwibloggs) (@Ronkesc) April 15, 2019
But one of the biggest talking points of the day was a 55-second video showing us bits of this year’s postcards. As previously discussed, the postcards are themed around dance and movement. The clips will show artists in different areas of Israel performing varying forms of dance. Some artists will be more involved in the actual dance than others, and the teaser we’ve had shows different skills and styles — from Israel’s Kobi working ballroom-style choreography to Spain’s Miki using footballs to display his talent. Nice kicks, babe!
Other highlights include Darude and Sebastian synchronising their shapes with the Israeli national gymnastics team, and Conan Osiris busting a move in green in a small crowd of dancers in white — he’s multi-talented y’all!
Social media reaction…
As ever, folks on social media had a lot to say about the revelation of the postcards, and the reaction was overwhelmingly positive. The clip is fun, they’re very bright and the varying segments make the audience want to move. Many have compared it to 2014 — a highly regarded year when it comes to postcard quality. This is a huge compliment for KAN. Yass!
I just love the postcards this year so much, seeing everyone dancing and having fun. Best since 2014 by a mile
— Grace ??????? (@grace_is_sugoi) April 16, 2019
I actually love concept postcards? 2014 with the flags and now the dance, they look so good especially Bilal’s ? #Eurovision
— harriet (@harriet_minns) April 16, 2019
I think the postcards look really cool It’s something new which hasn’t been done before and I think the finished products when we see them during the semis and the final will be amazing! Props to KAN for the effort they have put in!
— Jazzi ?????????? (@Jazzii1234) April 16, 2019
Naturally the memes have started arriving, and we’re loving them already:
— Kamil ??|??|??|?????????? (@esckamil99) April 16, 2019
What is your favourite year for postcards? Do this year’s clips beat 2014 for originality and style? Who’s postcard looks like your favourite so far? Let us know in the comments below!