Earlier this week wiwibloggers Ron and Izhar attended a special Eurovision 2019 press presentation in Expo Tel Aviv — this year’s venue.

And we can now confirm that the Eurovision 2019 stage is really coming together.

As part of the event our guys had a wander around the Expo, taking in the stage, the green room, the delegation area and more.

During the actual press conference they also heard about KAN’s detailed plans for Eurovision– from the TV shows to special guests to the production and postcards.

And then there was the orange carpet, special events, public transport and more.

We filmed much of what they said, and you can watch it in our video above. You can use the timestamps in the video description to jump to the topic you’re most keen on. Or simple follow our guide below.

0:00 Intro
1:31 Stage Tour
4:50 Dare To Dream
5:12 Postcards
7:03 Interval acts
8:58 Hosts (Bar Refaeli, Erez Tal, Assi Azar & Lucy Ayoub)
10:19 Eurovision Village and Tel Aviv parties
12:13 Delegation bubble and Green Room
12:55 Spokespersons
14:50 Tel Aviv’s Municipal Projects

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opus1612
opus1612
2 years ago

The “arch” idea is getting repetitive (three year in a row) and this one in particular seems very “cheap”.Let’s hope the LED screens and the moveable triangles give some life to the stage.The way that they are disposing the audience it’s not bad at all, giving the size of the hall… but i think on TV it will look more with a theatre than a proper arena /stadium. Now what I don’t understand, is why in an already small arena they made a stage with a catwalk!!The space that it occupies took audience capacity and i think that makes the… Read more »

Loin dici
2 years ago
Reply to  opus1612

Musical events can be organized at any size: big concerts can also happen on a theatre, so it’s nothing to be fussed about, it’s normal. Echoing “Dare to Dream”, I think this year has a purpose to break the consensus the fandom has on modern Eurovision that it should need a really big arena, a big stage, a big show, etc. Other positives are inside Jake’s comment.

Catwalks will make the stage look illusively big on TV. Proscenium arches are mosty regular part of a stage, though Wieder Design seems to love it.

allexo
allexo
2 years ago

This stage is one of the worst stages I have EVER seen for ANY TV broadcast bin my life. It’s crooked, messy and just so so dodgy The arena, they could have picked a bigger arena like the one in Haifa, but noooo…. they just had to pick the smallest arena and use up all of the space for the public, when they could have used some of the back seats for the greenroom (like in 2017, pretty much) However apart from the huge amount of flaws, when its in action it looks brilliant, but I’m very disappointed with the… Read more »

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 years ago
Reply to  allexo

Bruh, If it looks brilliant in action according to you, then why are you conplaining -_- that’s like the only thing that matters for the actual television broadcast. you complain about small space for the public but then at the same time you want them to put the green room in the arena by using even more space of the public.

allexo
allexo
2 years ago
Reply to  allexo

Yeah i regret putting this comment now. I’m Sorry

Jake
Jake
2 years ago

the positives is that it actually scales down the size of the contest and resets the expectation that it needs to be inside an arena…this opens it up for smaller countries to host it despite not having large arenas…so its a nice precedence for the EBU to take…it does look like it’s going to be the scale of an X Factor UK production–big for TV show standards, but more scaled down for Eurovision standards…it will be interesting how it will read on screen…I don’t hate it and like that there is some movement in the staging elements…and everyone gets those… Read more »

Jubi
2 years ago

well…the arena is impressively small compared with last year…
lets wait for the final result

Someone
Someone
2 years ago

Even Cyprus could have done better with the stage

Andy
Andy
2 years ago
Reply to  Someone

Considering it’s the same guy almost every year that designs the stage I don’t know whether that would have made any difference.

Someone
Someone
2 years ago
Reply to  Andy

The venue wouldn’t be…petite.

Loin dici
2 years ago
Reply to  Someone

I’m not positive. Nicosia has its Eleftheria Indoor Hall, but with just one side of the hall taken by the stage, it’ll have more or less the same capacity as this venue. Also small, but does it matter that much? We’re not sure.

bastian
bastian
2 years ago

whoever wins, please dont hire Florian Wieder. His stages are so boring.

Miki
Miki
2 years ago

To bad 4 my taste and a very very small arena.

Loin dici
2 years ago

The stage looks great in action https://youtu.be/81lUUwZKS44