Eurovision 2019: New bid? Masada makes request to host song contest event

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From four to five: it has been reported that yet another location is looking to submit a bid to host the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, this time being the ancient fortification of Masada.

There could be a fifth potential bid to host the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, according to the latest reports. With Eilat, Haifa, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv being the 4 current cities in contention to host the competition in 2019, the fifth host bid now reportedly comes from the Nature’s Cultural Hall in Masada.

Masada was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 2001 and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Israel, overlooking the well-known Dead Sea.

No stranger to big events

In a report by Ynet, the head of the Tamar Regional Council – Dov Litvinoff – has stated that he would like the event to be hosted at Masada.

Speaking of Masada’s potential, Litvinoff revealed:

We hosted huge events at Masada, such as David Guetta’s show, the Israeli Opera, etc. The Cultural Hall of Nature can accommodate more than 20,000 people. It is natural that we will deal with the event.

The head of the Tamar Regional Council continued:

With Masada’s setting, plus the subject of saving the Dead Sea that can make international headlines, is not only a place but also a message and one of the most beautiful places we have in Israel. If not Jerusalem – then Masada.

Clips from David Guetta’s concert at Masada

Litvinoff believes that Masada meets all the necessary requires in also aspects of hosting the Eurovision Song Contest, including accommodation for fans.

We have 4,000 hotel rooms adjacent to us at the Dead Sea, there are 500 more in the area, and Jerusalem is within an hour’s drive if something is missing. For public transportation, we will take care of the buses and the roofing of the compound should not be a problem. Let them take us into account.

A final decision regarding both the official host city and dates for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest is expected to be made by this coming September.