EBU’s officials have travelled to Israel this week in order to hold meetings with the 2019 Eurovision host broadcaster KAN and inspect the potential host cities and venues.
Mr. Jon Ola Sand (Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor) and Ms. Nadja Burkhardt (Eurovision Song Contest Event Supervisor) have met up with KAN/ IPBC officials in order to discuss the preparations for the upcoming 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Israel. They have also held meetings with the representatives of the three potential host cities; Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Eilat.
Potential host cities/venues
- Jerusalem– Pais Arena
- Tel Aviv– Convention Centre
- Eilat– Plan to construct venue in the port
Mr. Sand and Ms. Burkhardt visited and inspected the Pais Arena in Jerusalem and the Convention Centre in Tel Aviv. They also met up with officials from Eilat who have come up with an innovative ambitious bid to host the contest in the city’s port. Eilat presented its plan of action to construct a venue in order to host Europe’s favorite television show.
Mr. Jon Ola Sand commented after visiting Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and checking out Eilat’s bid :
We are open to out of the box solutions, as we were in the past, if they would meet the schedule.
Host city announcement imminent
The final word on the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest host city and venue lies in the hands the ESC’s Reference Group, who are responsible to approve the final decision.
A total of three cities are vying to host the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Israel. The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest dates and host city are expected to be revealed by the EBU in due course.