Tel Aviv is to host Eurovision Song Contest 2019 it has been announced.
The Israeli government had asked for the competition to take place in Jerusalem. However, the request met with opposition.
Israel won the right to play host for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest following victory in Lisbon, Portugal this year.
The 64th edition of the Contest is now to be hosted in Tel Aviv, Israel after they won with ” Toy “, a song by 25-year-old Netta ( Netta Barzilai ).
The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will now be contested at the Tel Aviv Convention Center, known to locals as Gnei Hataarucha ( Exhibition Grounds ), a venue which is used for many different types of events which included concerts, exhibitions, trade fairs and conferences. The center will be the venue for two semi-finals on the 14th and 16th of May with the final on the 18th of the month.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 causes controversy
The decision to hold Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Jerusalem, first suggested by the Israeli government, caused controversy.
The contest is customarily held in capital cities, but due to it not being internationally recognised the plan was changed. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister, had wanted Jerusalem to host the competition, using the Eurovision Song Contest as part of an ongoing campaign to have the city recognised by other countries as its capital.
Jon Ola Sand, the executive supervisor of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said of the decision ” All the bids were exemplary, but in the end, we decided that Tel Aviv provides the best overall setup for the world’s largest live music event. ”
The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will be broadcast by the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation, better known as KAN.
As of the 14th of September 2018, some twenty-six broadcasters from eligible countries have confirmed their intention to take part in the song contest, which is watched by approximately 200 million people.
The British Broadcasting Corporation, the United Kingdom’s non-commercial broadcaster, has not yet ( at the time of writing ) confirmed whether or not they will be taking part.
Although the EBU ( European Broadcasting Union ) has released a statement saying they are open to the idea of broadcasters from different parts of the UK, which includes England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland, the participation will require the four home nations to have broadcasters with full EBU membership post-Brexit.
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