• Talma Gotteiner

Eurovision 2019: The Press Conference Reveal

Hi there,

At the official press conference held this morning, April 15th, the Eurovision Song Contest 2019’s official events were presented including the Orange Carpet event which will be held at Habima Square overlooked by Israel’s historic Habima Theater in Tel Aviv on May 12th.

TICKETS: The second wave of ticket sales will begin tomorrow, Tuesday, April 16 at 18:00 Israel Local Time on the Leaan website. From 200 New Israeli Shekels.

Zivit Davidovitch, KAN’s Executive Producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 said, “The Eurovision Song Contest is not what we knew 20 years ago and certainly not 40 years ago. In 1999, there were only 23 participating countries and this year 41 countries will participate. As people across the globe look to Israel as the 2019 Eurovision hosts, we want to present Israel in the best way we can. The Israeli team working on the Eurovision Song Contest is of the most experienced, both in terms of production and creativity. The Israeli Eurovision team are working on the project with the deep aspiration and mission to represent Israel and to produce the best Eurovision Song Contest in the 64 years of the competition’s existence”.

Eurovision 2019 The Press Conference Reveal

Clockwise from top left: Zivit Davidovitch, KAN’s Executive Producer, Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel-Aviv, Meytal Cohen, TV Producer and Eldad Koblenz, Kan CEO

At the press conference, many of the Eurovision interval acts were announced. The interval acts will play a central role at each of the three performances of the Eurovision Song Contest. Yuval Cohen, TV and Show Producer, Deputy Executive Producer Eurovision Song Contest 2019 said, "After twenty years we are excited to hosted the world's largest music competition, in which 41 unique songs from different countries around the world will take centre stage. A great deal of thought was invested in developing the line-up of the performances, with the aim of relating to the 200 million viewers watching across the globe and in the same breath bringing an Israeli experience to the screen".

Eurovision 2019 The Press Conference Reveal

Clockwise from top left: Yuval Cohen, TV and Show Producer, Sari Israeli, Director of Ceremonies and Events at the Tel-Aviv Municipality, Tali Eshkoli, Show Producer and Content Editor, Gidi Schmerling, Director Media and Communication at the Tel-Aviv Municipality, Tamir Dayan, Expo TLV CEO and Shabi Mizrachi Director of the Cultural Events Dept. at the Tel-Aviv Municipality

The First Semi-Final will take place on May 14th, the Second Semi-Final will take place on May 16th and the Final will be held on May 18th, under the direction of the four Israeli Eurovision Hosts: Erez Tal, Bar Refaeli, Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub. For the first time, the final broadcast in Israel will begin at 21:40 with a special broadcast developed by Yardena Arazi, 40 years after she co-hosted the first Eurovision Song Contest held in Jerusalem on March 31st, 1979.

Eurovision 2019 The Press Conference Reveal

Above from left to right: Hosts Erez Tal, Bar Refaeli, Lucy Ayoub and Assi Azar

Below: Eytan Schwartz,Tel-Aviv Global CEO

Announcing the Eurovision Interval Acts and the Artistic Programme

  • The 41 Eurovision Postcards - the artists representing each country flew to Israel to 'Dare to Dance' each in a different location in Israel.

  • The Idan Raichel Project will perform the song "Bo’ee – Come to Me" accompanied by 24 singers.

  • A glimpse of the multi-media video artist Kutiman, has redesigned the Eurovision Song-track.

  • Israel's very own Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot, will show Tel Aviv and Israel as never before.

  • Shalva Band who taught us all a lesson in the power of a dream and the courage to realize it, will perform.

  • Past participants from various participating countries will also perform at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 including, Conchita Wurst, Eleni Foureira, Verka Serduchka, Måns Zelmerlöw and Gali Atari winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 1979.

  • Winner of the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest, Dana International will also receive due respect and recognition and will appear in the Semi-Finals and Final.

  • Izhar Cohen, the first Israeli to bring the Eurovision Song Contest to Israel will give the score of the Israeli judging team (and will close all the judges' votes).

  • Winner of the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest, Dana International will also receive due respect and recognition and will appear in the Semi-Finals and Final.

  • And of course we will also have Netta Barzilai, who a year ago, in Lisbon, fulfilled her personal dream and that of all of us. Netta will perform with a world-premiere song and an unforgettable performance of "TOY".

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and KAN, the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation, announced today that the remaining tickets to the Eurovision Song Contest will open tomorrow (Tuesday) at 18:00 Israel time in a final wave of ticket sales.

In this second wave of ticket sales that will open today, ticket prices will be from 200 NIS (for rehearsals of the semi-finals) and at most 2000 NIS for the VIP Green Room (available for the Final only).

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) cooperates with the Consumer Federation, Ticket Check. The federation's logo on the website is the sign that this is the official ticket-buying site. The EBU and the KAN recommend buying tickets only from the official website. Further information and updates can be found on the Eurovision.tv website.

Further information and official updates can be found on the website: Eurovision.tv/tickets

Eurovision 2019: The Press Conference Reveal

Above: A peek behind the scenes of the venue

How is the Eurovision Song Contest Broadcast from Tel Aviv to 50 countries where the competition is aired and viewed by 200 million people?

KAN, the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation transfers the broadcast to the EBU in two different locations in Europe, and from there, the broadcast is distributed to all other countries.

The backup procedure is a complex operation. Each of the three shows are filmed and recorded during the general rehearsals and is used as a backup in parallel to the live broadcast, so that at any point in time during the live broadcast, it is possible to immediately switch to the backup recording of the rehearsals with the touch of a button.

The process of constructing the Eurovision arena takes 54 days and requires 450 trucks carrying containers which are managed and operated by some 300 technicians and expert workers from abroad, who together work in excess of 3,000 shifts during this time. In addition, it takes more than 96 hours to unload the 220 kilometres of cables and fibres that are used by the production teams. 1600 people, work on the production, including about 500 volunteers.

Pavilion 2 contains 7,280 places for the public and 46 commentator booths Pavilion 1 will accommodate the delegations. There will be 1,500 places for the public and Green Room.

Keep updated on KAN’s Eurovision Twitter account (English): https://twitter.com/kaneurovision?lang=en

Eurovision’s international online platforms: https://www.instagram.com/eurovision/






Eurovision 2019 will be broadcast by KAN, the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation, on 14, 16 and 18 May. The Eurovision Song Contest will be held for the 64th time and for the first time in Tel Aviv with the participation of 42 countries under the slogan 'Dare To Dream'.



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