Tel Aviv announced as Eurovision 2019 host city

The 64th Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place at the Expo Tel Aviv in Israel during May 2019.

The decision was made by the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group after Israeli public broadcaster KAN were asked to present at least two potential candidate cities, with the final two candidates being Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

In addition to the location announcement, the dates for the 2019 contest have also been revealed. The Semi-Finals will take place on the Tuesday 14th and and Thursday 16th of May and the Grand Final taking place on Saturday 18th May 2019.

Israel’s second largest city is widely known as Israelโ€™s self-defined non-stop city, located on the Mediterranean coast with a population of over 400,000 people. It will be the first time Tel Aviv will be hosting the Eurovision Song Contest.

Frank-Dieter Freiling, Chairman of the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group said: “We look forward to working with KAN to bring the Contest to Tel Aviv for the first time. We are expecting to receive guarantees from the Prime Minister this week in regards to the security and freedom of movement of anyone coming to the event. These guarantees are imperative in order for us to move forward with the planning of the event to ensure the safety of visitors and upholding the Eurovision Song Contest values of diversity and inclusivity.”

The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, hosted in Lisbon, Portugal, saw Netta crowned the winner with Toy. Nettaโ€™s victory means Israel will host the contest for a third time having previously staged the Eurovision Song Contest in Jerusalem in 1979 and 1999.