With the victory of Netta Barzilai at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, the contest will set up its camps in Israel next year. What do we already know about Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv? Where will it be held? When will it take place? Who will present the shows? And who will take part?
Eurovision 2019 takes place in Tel Aviv
On the 13th of September 2018, the EBU announced Tel Aviv and the Tel Aviv Convention Center as the host city and venue of the 2019 contest. The 2019 contest will take place in Israel for the third time, after 1979 and 1999, following the country’s victory at the 2018 edition with the song “Toy”, performed by Netta Barzilai. Israel’s second largest city is widely known as Israel’s self-defined non-stop city, located on the Mediterranean coast with a population of over 400,000 people. The Tel Aviv Convention Center can hold up to 10.000 people, meeting the minimum seating requirement set by the EBU. In recent years, the center has been used for many musical concerts and shows.
In addition, the dates for the 2019 contest have also been revealed. The Semi-Finals will take place in Tel Aviv on the 14th and 16th of May and the Grand Final will take place on 18th May.
42 countries takes part in Eurovision 2019
Sadly, Bulgaria will not take part at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019, but all the other nations return to the contest in Tel Aviv! This means that Australia will also join the fun once again.
The hosts for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Bar Refaeli, Erez Tal, Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub have the honour to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Below you can find some information about these four hosts for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv:
Bar Refaeli is an international supermodel and one of the first Israeli models to appear on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. Bar has a wealth of experience in presenting and broadcasting, having created her own model casting show Million Dollar Shooting Star in 2012. Along with a successful modelling career, Bar has also appeared as a host for several prime-time TV shows, such as the Israeli version of The X Factor in 2013.
Erez Tal is a Former KAN Israeli commentator for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018. Erez has 25 years broadcast experience having developed, produced and hosted a number of prime-time hits, including hosting 10 seasons of Israel’s hit reality show Big Brother. Erez is also known for creating (and hosting) TV game-show The Vault which has sold to 23 territories worldwide, making it the most successful Israeli game-show format in the world.
Assi Azar is one of Israel’s top television hosts and screenwriters whose credits include hosting Israel’s all important Eurovision National Selection show Rising Star. Assi was named in OUT Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Gay People in the world.
And Lucy Ayoub is Israel’s most promising rising star who found fame through quickly earning a name for herself as a YouTube broadcaster and personality. She has grown to become a well-known TV host and was selected to be Israel’s spokesperson in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon.
Theme artwork: Dare to dream
Inspired by the Eurovision 2019 event slogan, Dare to Dream, the EBU and Israeli Host Broadcaster KAN have unveiled this year’s artwork; three triangles which, when united, shine together to create a golden star.
Revealing the concept behind the logo, Israeli Host Broadcaster KAN said: “The triangle, one of the world’s oldest shapes, is a cornerstone symbol found universally in art, music, cosmology and nature, representing connection and creativity. As the triangles join and combine, they become a new single entity reflecting the infinite stellar sky, as the stars of the future come together in Tel Aviv for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest,” explained upon revealing the icon.
The stage design
This year’s logo takes inspiration from Florian Wieder’s stage design, whose concept uses triangular shapes and structures. You can see a first artist impression of the stage below: