It’s all systems go in Israel following this week’s visit by EBU Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand and Event Supervisor Nadja Burkhardt! Earlier today, KAN revealed that the host city would be decided “next week”. Now, the three shortlisted cities have been reduced to two. Yes, Eilat is officially out of the race. Either Jerusalem or Tel Aviv will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2019!
Eilat has “left the race”
The news broke in the last hour via KAN’s official Twitter channel. As a reminder, KAN, alongside IPBC, is the broadcaster in charge of next year’s contest. KAN stated the following (translated from Hebrew):
Eilat has left the race to host [Eurovision]. Jerusalem or Tel Aviv will host Eurovision 2019 in Israel, the decision will be made within the next week.KAN (30 August 2018)
The original tweet can be found below:
Eilat planned to host the contest in the Port of Eilat. Their plan was based around two existing hangars. The temporary construction would have held a capacity of 10,000 spectators.
Will it be Jerusalem or Tel Aviv?
Therefore, this means there are two cities and two venues left in the race. Will the Eurovision circus be heading to the Pais Arena in the capital city of Jerusalem? Or will we be heading to Tel Aviv’s Convention Center on Israel’s west coast?
All the details on these two venues can be found in our previous article outlining both the Jerusalem and Tel Aviv bids:
Do you want Jerusalem or Tel Aviv to win the host city race? Indeed, do you think your favourite will actually be chosen? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments below!