ISRAEL – Today, the Heads of Delegation from the 41 countries represented in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest gather in Tel Aviv to learn everything they need to know about the upcoming event on 14, 16 and 18 May. During the annual Heads of Delegation meeting, representatives from all participating countries receive detailed information about the three shows, the venue, stage design, light and sound. They will also hear more about the event organisation, covering topics like transportation, accommodation and details about the Eurovision Village.
REFERENCE GROUP ELECTIONS
Also during the meeting, three positions in the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group were up for election. The Reference Group is the EBU’s executive body of the contest on behalf of all Participating Broadcasters. Italian representative Nicola Caligiore from RAI and Aleksander Radić from Slovenian broadcaster RTVSLO were re-elected, Swiss Head of Delegation Reto Peritz also got voted in. The Netherlands’ Emilie Sickinghe from AVROTROS will leave the Reference Group after serving two terms. The newly composed Reference Group will get to work after the contest in Tel Aviv, when it will be joined by the Executive Producer of the 2020 contest.
NETTA ON STAGE
After a break in the meeting, 2018 winner Netta made a surprise appearance, singing an acoustic ballad version of A-Ba-Ni-Bi, Israel’s 1978 winning song.
As the producers of the show determine the running order of the Grand Final, their running order position is traditionally drawn during the Heads of Delegation meeting. Evi Papamichael, Head of Delegation from Cyprus, who finished second last year behind Israel’s Netta, had the honour of executing the draw under supervision of Jon Ola Sand. The outcome: Israel will perform 14th in the Grand Final.