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Eurovision Song Contest 2019: Israel

Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will be held in Israel in May 2019, after the victory in Lisbon. Find all the information about Eurovision 2019: Date, City, Participants, Arena, Eurovision Village, Euroclub and Euro Café

We will update this page with all the information about Israel 2019 as it appears.

The preparation of next year's contest has already started. The first meeting between EBU and Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC) took place in May 2018 where the organization of Eurovision Song Contest 2019 was discussed with focus on security and safety. It was later confirmed that Eurovision 2019 will be held in Israel.

When is Eurovision 2019?

Eurovision 2019 will be held in Israel in May with Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC) as the host broadcaster. The exact dates have not been announced yet.

The Eurovision week will have three shows: Semi-final 1 on Tuesday, Semi-final 2 on Thursday and the Grand Final on Saturday.

The possible dates for Eurovision 2019 are:

Semi-final 1
Tuesday
Semi-final 2
Thursday
Grand Final
Saturday
30 April2 May4 May
7 May9 May11 May
14 May16 May18 May← Most possible dates
21 May23 May25 May

The most possible dates for Eurovision 2019 are 14 - 16 - 18 May 2019 – It is still a guess. The dates have not been announced or confirmed. We expect the dates to be confirmed late August 2018.

Events that can effect the date of Eurovision 2019:
  • Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day): 1-2 May 2019
  • Yom Hazikaron (Israel Memorial Day): 8 May 2019
  • Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Independence Day): 9 May 2019
  • UEFA Champions League: Semi-finals on 30 April, 1 May, 7 May and 8 May 2019
  • UEFA Europa League: Semi-finals on 2 May and 9 May 2019
  • German Football Cup: Final on May 25 May 2019

Host City

The host city has not been officially confirmed yet.

Currently, KAN, The Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation, has officially approched 4 major cities, inviting them to submit a bid to host Eurovision.

  • Jerusalem
  • Tel Aviv
  • Haifa
  • Eilat

In the next few days, A formal bidding process will begin and all cities that meet requirements will be allowed to submit their offers.

Jerusalem

Jerusalem was already named host city of Eurovision 2019 right after Netta's victory. She said from the stage: "Next year in Jerusalem", and the day after, the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, sent out a tweet, where he gratulated Netta with the victory, and wrote: "Next year in Jerusalem".

Yossi Sharabi, director-general of the Culture and Sport Ministry, said on 7 June 2018 to the Sports 5 channel:
– Eurovision in Jerusalem? It isn't at all a given. It’s early to talk about this. Everybody wants it to be in Jerusalem. But there could well be other considerations.

Jerusalem is considered a very religous city led by dominant presence of an Orthodox community and high respect for the Sabbath.

Jerusalem Arena (Pais Arena Jerusalem, פיס ארנה ירושלים‎)
  • Indoor arena
  • Size: 41 000 square meters
  • Capacity: 15 654 for concerts
  • Complex includes: Medical sports center, club rooms, offices, two additional halls

Teddy Stadium (אצטדיון טדי‬)
  • Outdoor stadium
  • Capacity: 31 733 for sports events
  • Needs construction of a roof to cover the stadium. Preliminary plans for construction started


Jerusalem hosted Eurovision Song Contest in 1979 and 1999.

Tel Aviv


The Mayor of Tel Aviv, Ron Huldai, stated on 14 May 2018 that Tel Aviv will not be bidding to host Eurovision 2019.

Later, it was changed. It has now been confirmed that Tel Aviv is one of the four final candidate cities

Menora Mivtachim Arena (היכל מנורה מבטחים)
  • Capacity: 5 941 for concerts

Tel Aviv Fairgrounds (Tel Aviv Convention Center)
  • Capacity: 10 000
Haifa

Haifa and it's Sammy Ofer Stadium is still a possible option for Eurovision, but it might be busy around that time and conflict with major soccer games planned there. Haifa will also need to build a full roof for it's semi-openair Sammy Ofer Stadium, but considering it has a capacity of 30,000 seats, it might worth making that investment for a much-larger Eurovision.

Sammy Ofer Stadium (אצטדיון סמי עופר)
  • Outdoor stadium
  • Capacity: 30 870 for sports events
  • Needs construction of a roof to cover the stadium

Eilat


The city of Eilat has is also bidding in the host city race. Eilat is busy port and popular resort at the northern tip of the Red Sea, on the Gulf of Aqaba.

Candidacy is dependent on the construction of a new arena

Participants

19 countries have expressed their interest for participation in the contest, which is subject to change:

EBU Member Broadcasters, on behalf of their countries, have until mid-September 2018 to formally submit their applications to take part in Eurovision 2019.

Tickets

Tickets usually go on sale in November/December the year before, so we expect the tickets for Eurovision 2019 to be released late 2018. Read more: How to get tickets for Eurovision 2019

Eurovision Village

Eurovision Village is the official festival area during Eurovision Song Contest 2019. In Eurovision Village you can see live performances by artists, DJs, special events and public viewing of the shows broadcasted from the Arena.

Euroclub

Euroclub is the venue for some special parties and the official after parties. If fans are welcomed at Euroclub this is the place to party and have fun, or else it used to be empty.

Euro Fan Cafe

Euro Fan Café is the place for fans to meet for parties and special events during the Eurovision week. OGAE membership is normally required. If fans are not welcomed at Euroclub, this is the place to go for the great parties.

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