ISRAEL – Israeli national broadcaster held a special press conference in which presented details for the show and information about the tickets. So let’s see in bullets the latest updates.
- She may have turned down the offer to host the Eurovision in Tel Aviv this year, but Gal Gadot will be making an appearance at the show next month. Yuval Cohen, the editor in chief and lead director of the competition this year, said at a press conference in Tel Aviv on Monday that the “most famous Israeli actress in the world” will be taking part in the grand finale of the contest on May 18.
Cohen also said that the appearance of Madonna at the live grand finale was not yet guaranteed “and negotiations are coming to an end.” Cohen said that while Live Nation had announced the appearance last week, KAN had yet to officially announce the performance.
The remaining tickets for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest (for all shows and rehearsals) will go on sale tomorrow, 16th of April, via the official ticketing partner of this year’s Contest – Leaan. Tickets will be available at a special lower price, and on a first come first serve basis. In this sale, the price of one ticket for the rehearsals will start at 250 Shekels (approximately 62 EUR), whilst one ticket for the live shows will start at 750 Shekels (approximately 186 EUR). The ticket sale will start at 17:00 CET, and you will be able to buy your tickets via this link here (click).
- The Tel Aviv municipality will run 50 free buses to ferry Eurovision fans from various parts of the city to the contest arena. The buses will run throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18. During much of that time, regular public transportation is unavailable due to Shabbat. The city will station people with signs at each designated collection point so that passengers know where the Eurovision buses stop. The information will also be published on the tourism ministry’s website and in its information booklet. The buses will follow two routes. The green line will begin at the Carmelit terminal, not far from the Eurovision village in Charles Clore Park, and run through the center of the city, down Ibn Gvirol Street, to the Tel Aviv fairgrounds. The blue line will travel down Ben-Yehuda Street, parallel to the beach front promenade.
- Netta will appear in the first Semi-final with new version of Toy and in the Final with a new song that will be released later this month.
- Dana International will perform in one of the Semi-finals and in the Final with a powerful song.
- Conchita will sing Heroes of Måns Zelmerlöw, Måns will come up with a medley with Eleni Foureira’s entry, Eleni will sing Verka Serduchka’s song from 2007 and Verka will sing Toy. The four of them will be joined by Gali Atari and perform Hallelujah together.
- Izhar Cohen will deliver points of the Israeli jury voting.
- Idan Raichel will appear with 24 musicians in the final and will perform the song “Boee” joined by all 26 finalists.
- Shalva Band will appear in the second semi-final with the song “Million dreams”.
- Kutiman has been working for half a year on two segments to be broadcast in the semifinals. Lior Suchard will be making appearances during all three show.
- Charles Clore Park will be transformed into a huge area that will run from afternoon to 23:00 and will include performances by Israeli artists such as Static and Ben El, Shefita, Ivri Lider, Ethnix and of course the past stars of the competition, including Yizhar Cohen and Dana International. The semi-final and final performances will be screened on huge screens for the benefit of the tens of thousands of tourists and locals planned to arrive, as well as food complexes, tourist information centers and even a Hebrew word-learning studio.
- Events of the White Night in Tel Aviv will be held on the evening of the second semi-final, Thursday, May 16th. DJs and electronic artists from all over Europe will gather on Kedumim Square, a Greek taverna will be set up in the port of Jaffa, a sunrise show will take place on the cliff beach and many other interesting events will be held.
- Zivit Davidovich, the main producer of the Eurovision Song Contest, said that the Eurovision Song Contest employs 1,600 people, including 500 volunteers. Approximately 230 truckloads of photocopiers, lighting, amplification and display screens are being delivered to the event; Tamir Dayan, CEO of the Tel Aviv Expo (Tel Aviv Fairgrounds) said that NIS 8 million was invested in the spaces and upgrading of the system.