2019 Eurovision Song Contest: where, when & other info
The 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv, Israel, following their victory at the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal with the song “Toy”, performed by Netta.
The 2019 contest will take place in Israel for the third time, after 1979 and 1999. The news of where the competition will be held follows some controversy.
The government initially insisted on holding the popular event in Jerusalem. But following a backlash over the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as its capital and a subsequent fear of boycotts it dropped the demand.
The Eurovision says it chose Tel Aviv, Israel’s cultural and commercial capital, because of its “creative and compelling bid.”
The contest will be held at the Tel Aviv Convention Center and will consist of two semi-finals on 14 and 16 May, and the final on 18 May 2019.
As of today (Sept. 13, 2018), twenty-five eligible countries have confirmed their intentions to participate in the contest.