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? Where will it be held? When will it take place? 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.
First countries already applied for Eurovision 2019
As always, there are a couple of early birds that – just like the Eurovision fans – can not wait another year. They have already confirmed that they will take part again in 2019. The first nations have already (preliminary) told that they intend to return to the contest.
Due to the contest being held in Israel some have expressed their discontent and called for a boycott, as part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. 23,000 Icelanders signed a petition calling on the Icelandic national broadcaster RÚV to boycott the event. However, no broadcaster, including RÚV, has officially called out to the EBU for a boycott and the contest will indeed be held in Israel, just as planned.