Eurovision 2019 🇮🇱 is actually Israel going to host the next edition?
ISRAEL 🇮🇱 At the moment EBU has recognised Israel as the winner country of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest and their right to host the 2019 edition. Cypriot press though keep fighting hard. The latest political turmoil in Gaza, the call for boycott from many celebrities and political personalities including an online petition from Iceland, demand the contest to be removed from Israel’s hands.
The issue of Jerusalem hosting the event also causing many worries to the European Broadcasting Union who they would love at least the contest to take place in Tel Aviv (and actually most Eurofans there) and avoid any further political implications the recent recognition of the city as the capital of Israel caused.
For those who believe that Eurovision winner is fixed by the EBU it’s clear now more than ever (not to mention the Ukrainian victory which was not in the best interest of the EBU to happen) that the European Broadcasting Union cannot fix the results. Israel is a country which many fear to go due to the political and military turmoil (fair or not I am not here to discuss this).
Cyprus press claim that there are indications that the EBU could be checking if Cyprus can take over the contest in case the negotiations next week (between EBU and IPBC) fail. Officially CyBC sources deny any kind of such an issue. Rumours? Probably yes but remember in 2005 and 2017 the contest was nearly moved from the host country Ukrainian due to the orange revolution and the Russian dispute over Ukraine respectively.
Wishful thinning for the Cypriots? Probably yes but since it is reported in the regional press we thought it was the right thing to do, to report it as well. The following weeks the situation will be clear and hopefully the tradition of the EBU to have the winner country hosting the contest will prevail. It’s time for politics to stop interfere in the contest organisation.
For now it’s almost clear that Israelis want Jerusalem to host the event next year with provisional dates 21, 23 and 25 of May.