Tel Aviv has been named as the host city for the 64th Eurovision Song Contest in 2019.
It was chosen ahead of Jerusalem and Eliat by the European Broadcasting Union. It will be held at the EXPO Tel Aviv (International Convention Center) with the Semi-Finals on the 14 and 16 of May, and the Grand Final on 18 May.
This will be the third time Israel has staged Eurovision, previously in 1979 and 1999, but the first in Tel Aviv. It was chosen in part for its openness to the LGBT community and ability to host a rehearsal on the Saturday during the Shabbat.
Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s Executive Supervisor, said “We’d like to thank all the Israeli cities who bid to host the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, and (broadcaster) KAN who conducted an expert and thorough assessment to help us make the final 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. We are excited to bring the Contest to a brand new city and are looking forward to working together with KAN to make 2019’s Eurovision Song Contest the most spectacular one yet.”