EUROVISION 2019 🇮🇱
A new VIP lounge was supposed to be open in time for the Eurovision Song Contest to facilitate quicker border control for all Eurovision accredited persons. However, to operate this lounge needs 10 customs employees, and financing of their work is now a dispute between the Budget Division of the Ministry of Finance and the Tax Authority. If it is not resolved in time until Friday, the lounge will not open in time. The Tax Authority said in response: The Budget Division and the Tax Authority are working together to advance solutions on the subject.
EUROVISION 2019 🇮🇱
Taxi service Gett will be responsible for transporting the artists at the Eurovision. The company has signed a sponsorship agreement with the broadcasting corporation KAN making it a national partner of the event. As Globes report, it is a barter agreement in which Gett will help with transportation of the delegates and artists.
THE NETHERLANDS 🇳🇱
The Dutch national broadcaster has announced that twenty-one cinemas across the Netherlands will be screeing this years Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final. The tickets are only available to AVROTROS members and are on a first come first serve basis, you can purchase tickets here.
About 12,500 pieces of old toys, six meters wide, four meters high and two tons of weight. This is how a statue of Netta Barzilai made by artist Nirit Levav-Peker will look like. Nirit is aiming to finish her work and demonstrate the sculpture during the Eurovision week in Tel Aviv.
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About 12,500 pieces of old toys, six meters wide, four meters high and two tons of weight. This is how a statue of Netta Barzilai made by artist Nirit Levav-Peker will look like. Nirit is aiming to finish her work and demonstrate the sculpture during the Eurovision week in Tel Aviv. @eurovision @oikotimes #eurovision #oikotimes #daretodream
EUROVISION 2019 🇮🇱
Tel Aviv Municipality has started grass planting works on the area of former Dolphinarium which will become stage area for the Eurovillage complex. Municipality says that it has been preparing the area for many months, “as part of the municipal vision to open the continuum of promenades along the Tel Aviv coast.” According to the plan, a coastal park will be built in the future. Former dolphinarium building has been abandoned after a Hamas terror attack on the discotheque on 1 June 2001 in which 21 people were killed. Demolition works have started in May 2018.
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Israel 🇮🇱 Tel Aviv Municipality has started grass planting works on the area of former Dolphinarium which will become stage area for the Eurovillage complex. Municipality says that it has been preparing the area for many months, "as part of the municipal vision to open the continuum of promenades along the Tel Aviv coast." According to the plan, a coastal park will be built in the future. Former dolphinarium building has been abandoned after a Hamas terror attack on the discotheque on 1 June 2001 in which 21 people were killed. Demolition works have started in May 2018. @eurovision @oikotimes #daretodream #eurovision #oikotimes
Germany is the first of the Big Five nations to confirm their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The German broadcaster is already beginning work on their selection process for next years competition. Simon-Kucher & Partners have made an open call for German Eurovision fans to apply to be part of the 100 member ‘Eurovision Jury’. The Eurovision Jury was introduced in 2018 as part of a revamp to the German selection process. The jury will help to determine the singers who will make it through to the German selection, as well as the act that will represent Germany in 2020.
SAN MARINO 🇸🇲
May 3 is the date upon which Serhat will release his debut album “That’s How I Feel”. The album will feature a mix of previous singles including the singers 2016 Eurovision entry, and new music. “That’s How I Feel” also features previous collaborations with Helena Paparizou and Viktor Lazlo.
BDS campaigners to launch Globalvision: Alternative online broadcast to the Eurovision Song Contest in support of contemporary Palestinian artists. Press-release of the event says that “Globalvision will host an alternative online 4 hour broadcast in direct competition to the Eurovision final in Tel Aviv on Saturday 18th May, for fans to enjoy a night of international entertainment whilst supporting the core principles of the right of all refugees to return, and human rights and dignity for all”.
Australia have revealed two familiar faces (or rather, voices) as their commentators for Eurovision 2019. Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey will return to the commentators booth on behalf of SBS.
Radio and television presenter Peter Van de Veire will be returning the commentary booth again this year as the commentator for VRT. Peter Van de Veire has been the lead commentator for the Flemish broadcaster since 2012 and has also previously been the Belgian spokesperson.
Tomi Rahula, the Estonian Head of Delegation, has confirmed that the stand-in rehearsal was 90% correct. Speaking to Kroonika, Mr Rahula explained: “Estonia was very good already – 90% was the right thing. it was very cool to see how the local singer sang and played the part of Victor.” The delegation has reviewed the stand-in rehearsal footage and submitted their feedback and required changes ahead of first rehearsals. The changes were required by the team in Israel within 24 hours, so certain aspects of the staging will still be altered when first rehearsals take place. (www.eurovoix.com)
UNITED KINGDOM 🇬🇧
Michael Rice has taken to social media today to reveal the backing singers who will be joining him at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Five singers are set to join the singer from Hartlepool at the contest in Tel Aviv, Israel: Anna Sahlene – Represented Estonia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2002, Melanie Wehnbe – Swedish singer and one of the songwriters behind Denmark’s entry “Love is Forever”, Linda Pritchard – Participated in Melodifestivalen 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011, Desta Zion Wilson – Singer and guitarist from Bermuda and Chin Simon – Singer and songwriter.
Rennie Mirro and Filip Adamo have created the staging for Carousel, who will represent Latvia at the Eurovision Song Contest. The Swedish duo have previously choreographed the performance of Estonia 2018 as well as Azerbaijan’s winning entry in 2011. Rennie Mirro has a long history at the Eurovision Song Contest having acted as the Swedish Head of Delegation in 2013, he was also a juror at the contest in 2015.
SWEDEN 🇸🇪 / DENMARK 🇩🇰
Israeli State Tourist Office to launch “Tel Aviv Pop-up Truck” travelling around Sweden and Denmark. Stockholm will be the first stop in the tour and on May 3, the Pop-up truck is in the middle of Norrmalmstorg between 11 am and 6 pm.