ISRAEL – During his visit to Israel, to inspect the proposed bidding cities and venues for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, Mr Jon Ola Sand spoke to KAN about everything. His 1999 experience, the boycott silliness spread around and the hosting challenges by Israel. You can see the entire interview here.
HIGHLIGHTS OF STATEMENTS
- Eurovision Song Contest you have to be able to work 24/7, for all the weeks, not only the production week. Not only the production and rehearsal week, but when you build the set design, adjust the venue.
- I regret to say there is no way Eurovision Song Contest can be hosted anywhere without having the possibility to work also through Saturday’s. It’s absolutely impossible and that’s paramount for us.
- It’s actually the same every year. It creates a lot of attention in the winning country, there is a lot of people position themselves, would like to take part of it and have a statement about it and all this is quite natural.
- I have followed the Israeli media and yes there has been a lot of speculation, discussion, not everything has been true, I must say. But it is quite normal.
- We have had no serious talk about this, especially not from our members. They are all comfortable, they all believe Israel can host this very well. They have no issues travelling here. At least no one has told that to us, we are confident we will be able to invite everyone here and then everyone will come.