GREECE – Former Athletics champion in Greece, Jason studied in Luxembourg and the United Kingdom. He declared addicted to music and he already collaborated with the biggest names of the Greek music industry such as Anna Vissi, Alkistis Protopsalti, Eleni Foureira, Ivi Adamou. Mostly participating inn various TV show and events, Jason turned into theatre this season. after a long trip of new seeks in the US. Back to homeland Jason now turns into singing by release on YouTube a. cover off Mihalis Hatzigiannis cover. Of course we will never forget him and Marcus Giakoumoglou appearance in Kyiv’s Eurovision edition, dancing as Demy’s swans. Last summer we got them off guard in a special interview which you definitely must watch again!
ISRAEL – According to local press, Haaretz, it seems that we are going to Tel Aviv next year. Despite the original denial of the city to host the event it seems that what we all dreamed is about to become true if we believe the local newspaper.
Tel Aviv and its arena, Pavillion 2 (capacity of about 10,000 auditors) is front runner in the host city bidding race. The interesting thing coming out of the report by Haaretz is that Jerusalem withdraws from the bidding process and will not apply for the hosting job despite the KAN invitation.
A Finance Ministry official has told the news outlet that Tel Aviv will host the contest. To us at oikotimes.com Tel Aviv is not a surprise no matter what. The international promo through the huge tourist campaigns on international press and media, the huge attraction of Tel Aviv Pride every year in the LGBT community and the absolutely successful hosting of the Israel Calling party, never let any doubt us that the city will host the event (eventually).
The Pavilion 2 choice was not really expected as the original thought was for Menora Mevtachim Arena. The ever-evolving world of events and exhibitions together with the desire to herald innovation and have combined to form one of the most impressive and complex ventures today – Pavilion 2, which cost around 350 million NIS to build. A smart, versatile space, the only one of its kind in the Middle East, which allows literally every dream to come true.
The pavilion stretches across 50,000 Sq m and rises to a height of 20 meters without the use of pillars. The central space can be divided using acoustic partitions that have been developed specifically for this project, which can accommodate a number of events simultaneously and in perfect harmony and with unparalleled sound quality. The innovative and steadfast floor foundations allow trucks to reach all the way to the other side; its ceiling pillars can withstand extremely heavy loads which will allow exhibitions at a standard never before seen in Israel.
Pavilion 2 can host standing room-only events on an exceptionally large scale, grandstand performances which provide quality vantage points from any point in the pavilion, interactive exhibitions, exhibitions which require advanced logistics and technologies, large scale stage performances, circuses, mass examinations and extraordinary parties, alongside exclusive boutique events with uniquely complex technical specifications. In addition to the one-of-a-kind central space, Pavilion 2 also offers 2 luxurious state-of-the-art convention halls, a magnificent roof overlooking Tel Aviv which can accommodate open air events, a splendid entrance lobby, conference rooms, underground parking and a cafeteria.
In the meantime international criticism over potential hosting by Jerusalem despite the huge political support seems to have logistics problems. Pais Arena is used by the Ice Hokey team who’s not willing to give up their games planned for next season while the other option, Teddy Stadium, lacks of one of the top criteria for hosting the event: a roof! The same problem applies for Haifa, a city which also seems to be a problematic host city bid as Sammy Ofer Stadium will also need a roof. Eilat is definitely out of the picture as there is no suitable venue to host the event and it’s too far from the nearest international airport.
GREECE – Tomorrow evening Mikolas Josef and Tamta will have their first rehearsal for the 2018 edition of MAD Video Music Awards and the Czech star has landed in Athens this afternoon. As you can see in the video Mikolas had a fun time while waiting for his luggage but the most emotional moment was when his fans in Greece surprised him with. a. warm welcome. Remember that if you ‘re in Athens and want to see Mikolas live on stage go to www.viva.gr and get your ticket now.
ISRAEL – Following the tender for the national selection, Israeli national broadcaster, KAN launched also, today, the tender for the host city of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest as agreed by the the broadcaster and the EBU in their recent meeting in Geneva.
The process though will take place through invitation of cities. KAN will invite the cities who already expressed their wish to host the event: Eilat, Haifa, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Having in mind that the key criteria in hosting the event are the international airport, accommodation and of course a proper venue it seems that at the moment Eilat is unlikely to get the hosting jobs it lacks of a venue with their current one having an audience ability of 3,000 people.
Jerusalem is also considered as highly unlike to get the job after. the international reactions despite the huge political support inland. Jerusalem though has been making preliminary preparations for hosting, such as drafting up plans for Teddy Stadium and offers of support from the mayor of Jerusalem.
Haifa and Tel Aviv are considered to be the favourites to get the hosting job with Tel Aviv been the. preference of Eurofans in Israel and abroad as the international image of the city has been promoted the recent years through the huge Gay Pride event, the Israel Calling event and the massive tourist promo the city has been made the past decade.
ISRAEL – Despite the negative comments regarding not hosting non town own the national selection for Eurovision, KAN announced tender for the 2019 national selection, inviting production companies and broadcaster to bid for the project.
According to the basic criteria announced, the show must be broadcast over a number of months in a prime time slot and must be completed by January 2019.The selected channel must produce a variety of content with the selection promoted over multiple platforms. Potential supplementary programming around the selection process will be appreciated in the bidding. race.
KESHET was the broadcaster hosting the talent show The Next Star which has been used since 2015 to select the artist for the Eurovision Song Contest and it is expected to big again. The asset of KESEHT of course is the qualification fo the country the past three years the show was used for the artist selection.
On the other hand RESHET could bid as they are holding the rights for X Factor Israel and according to regional press they ar already in contact with KAN to discuss potential collaboration for 2019.
NEW ZEALAND – One of the weird facts in Eurovision Song Contest for some, is Australia’s participation in the event although too far away from Europe. Australia’s high interest convinced EBU’s Reference Group to invite them in the contest as of 2015.
Now it seems that Another Oceanic country is highly interested. Answering to a journalist on Twitter, EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström said that the country should definitely considering apply for participation and therefore a special EBU invite to the contest.
Just like Australia’s SBS, New Zealand’s state-owned broadcaster, Television New Zealand (TVNZ) is an associate member of the EBU and could participate in css EBU’s Reference Group gives a special invite to them.
I think we should give this done serious consideration. 😁
— Cecilia Malmström (@MalmstromEU) June 22, 2018
ISRAEL – When the winner of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, Netta Barzilai, performs for your company, you know you’ve made it big. On Wednesday, WeWork – the Israeli-founded communal workspace giant that has grown into a multi-billion-dollar real estate phenomenon – gave away more than $770,000 to eight Israeli start-ups and non-profits in a Jerusalem awards ceremony.
All companies received prizes in multiples of 18 – a spiritual number in Judaism which symbolizes chai, or “life.” Jerusalem-based start-up MonitHer – which is developing a handheld ultrasound device for women to use at home to monitor for the early detection of breast cancer – garnered first-place prize, taking home $360,000. Its founder, Yehudit Abrams, came up with the idea as she was working for NASA, looking into using ultrasound to monitor astronauts headed on long, space-bound journeys.
SOURCE: JERUSALEM POST