Eurovision Song Contest 2019

Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Dare to Dream
Eurovision Song Contest 2019 logo.png
Semi-final 114 May 2019
Semi-final 216 May 2019
Final18 May 2019
VenueExpo Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
Presenter(s)Erez Tal
Bar Refaeli
Assi Azar
Lucy Ayoub
Directed byAmir Ukrainitz
Sivan Magazanik
Executive supervisorJon Ola Sand
Executive producerZivit Davidovich[1]
Host broadcasterIsraeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC)
Opening act
Interval act
Number of entries41
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countriesNone
Withdrawing countries Bulgaria
Voting systemEach country awards two sets of 12, 10, 8–1 points to their 10 favourite songs: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting.
Nul pointsNone
Winning song Netherlands

The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 was the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The contest took place in Tel Aviv, Israel, following Israel's victory at the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal, with the song "Toy", performed by Netta. This was the third time Israel has hosted the contest, having previously hosted in 1979 and 1999. This was also the first time the contest was held outside of Jerusalem when Israel was hosting. The contest was held at Expo Tel Aviv, the city's convention centre; it consisted of two semi-finals on 14 and 16 May, and the final on 18 May 2019.[2] The three live shows were hosted by Erez Tal, Bar Refaeli, Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub. The event was organised by the European Broadcasting Union and hosted by the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation.

Forty-one countries took part in the contest, with Bulgaria and Ukraine absent. Bulgaria withdrew due to members of the delegation being moved to other projects, while Ukraine had originally planned to participate in the contest but withdrew due to the controversy that surrounded their national final.

The winner was the Netherlands with the song "Arcade", performed by Duncan Laurence and written by Laurence, Joel Sjöö, Wouter Hardy and Will Knox. This was the Netherlands' fifth victory in the contest, following their wins in 1957, 1959, 1969 and 1975; Italy, Russia, Switzerland and Sweden rounded out the top five. Further down the table, North Macedonia and San Marino achieved their best results to date, finishing seventh and nineteenth, respectively. This was North Macedonia's first Top 10 finish since joining the competition in 1998. Israel finished in 23rd place in the final, making it the fourth time since 2015 that the host country ranked in the bottom five.

There was an error in the voting at the contest: a wrongful counting of the jury votes by the Belarusian delegation caused the televised results to be amended three days later. The discrepancy was not large enough to change the order of the originally announced top 4 in the final result, which combines the jury voting and televoting by the public,[3] but this update saw North Macedonia as the new jury winner instead of Sweden as shown on TV, and there were also minor changes in lower positions.

The EBU reported that the contest had an audience of 182 million viewers across 40 markets all around Europe, which saw an increase by two percent in the 15–24 year old age range.[4]


The 2019 contest took place in Israel for the third time, after 1979 and 1999, following the country's victory at the 2018 edition with the song "Toy", performed by Netta Barzilai.[5]


Pavilion 2 of Expo Tel Aviv

The contest took place at Expo Tel Aviv's 7,300-seat[6] congress and convention centre called "Bitan 2" (Pavilion 2), which was inaugurated in January 2015.[2][7] Located on Rokach Boulevard in northern Tel Aviv, the convention centre serves as a venue for many events, including concerts, exhibitions, trade fairs, and conferences. The fairground has ten halls and pavilions, plus a large outdoor space. The new pavilion hosted the 2018 European Judo Championships from 26–28 April.[8]

Bidding phase

Locations of the candidate cities: the chosen host city is marked in blue. The shortlisted cities are marked in green, while the eliminated cities are marked in red.

After Israel's victory in Lisbon, Portugal, Netta Barzilai and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that the 2019 contest would be held in Jerusalem, but this was yet to be confirmed by the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC/KAN) and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).[5][9] Israeli finance minister Moshe Kahlon also stated in an interview that the event would be solely held in Jerusalem and estimated its cost at 120 million Israeli shekels (approximately €29 million).[10] The mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, mentioned Jerusalem Arena and Teddy Stadium as possible venues to host the event.[11] The municipality of Jerusalem had also confirmed that the contest would not be held at the International Convention Centre, which hosted the Eurovision Song Contest 1979 and 1999, due to its insufficient capacity.[12]

On 18 June 2018, Prime Minister Netanyahu stated that Israel had committed to remaining in compliance with EBU rules regarding the constitution of member broadcasters, so as not to affect its hosting of Eurovision. The IPBC's establishment included a condition that news programming would later be delegated to a second public broadcasting entity, which violates EBU rules requiring member broadcasters to have their own internal news departments.[13][14]

On 19 June 2018, Israel was officially confirmed as the host country,[15] and on 24 June 2018, KAN formally opened the bidding process for cities interested in hosting the 2019 contest.[16] On 28 July 2018, Israeli Minister Michael Oren, who is closely connected to Prime Minister Netanyahu, stated that Jerusalem did not have the resources to host the contest, restating the common talking point that Tel Aviv was the more likely host.[17] Soon afterwards, reports surfaced of the government not providing the €12 million downpayment requested by KAN to cover hosting expenses and security, but a compromise was reached on 29 July 2018.[18]

Following a tense back-and-forth between KAN and the government, a compromise between the two parties was reached that would see KAN paying the €12 million to the EBU and the Finance Ministry covering expenses should complications arise. The Mayor of Tel Aviv announced that the city would be willing to pay for the Convention Center itself, should it be chosen as the host city.[19]

In the week of 27 August 2018, executive supervisor/scrutineer Jon Ola Sand led a handful of EBU delegates around Israel to scope out the potential venues in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and to hear the bid from Eilat. On 30 August 2018, Sand stated in an interview with KAN that Eilat was no longer in the running to host, leaving it between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. He also stated that there was no serious discussion among members of the EBU about boycotting the event.[20]

On 13 September 2018, the EBU announced Tel Aviv as the host city, with Expo Tel Aviv as the selected venue for the 2019 contest.[2]

Key:  †  Host venue  ‡  Shortlisted venues

City[21] Venue Notes
Eilat[22] Hangars on the port Proposal intended to connect two hangars to a hall, in order to meet the EBU's capacity and venue requirements.
Haifa Sammy Ofer Stadium Candidacy had been dependent on the construction of a roof.
Jerusalem Pais Arena Indoor arena similar to the venues of recent contests. It was Jerusalem's preferred venue, in case they were chosen to be the host city.
Teddy Stadium Candidacy had been dependent on the construction of a roof.
Tel Aviv Expo Tel Aviv, Pavilion 2 The IPBC expected Pavilion 2 to have room for up to 9,000 attendees, while an additional 1,500 fans will be able to gather in the greenroom.[23]

Other sites

Location of host venue (red) and other contest-related sites and events (blue)

The Eurovision Village is the official Eurovision Song Contest fan and sponsors area during the events week, where it was possible to watch performances by local artists, as well as the live shows broadcast from the main venue. It was located at the Charles Clore Park in Tel Aviv and was open from 12 to 18 May 2019.[24][25]

The EuroClub is the venue for the official after-parties and private performances by contest participants. Unlike the Eurovision Village, access to the EuroClub is restricted to accredited fans, delegations, and press. It is located at Hangar 11 in Tel Aviv Port.[25]

The "Orange Carpet" event, where all the contestants and their delegations are presented before the accredited press and fans, took place at Habima Square in central Tel Aviv on 12 May 2019 at 19:00 IDT, followed by the Opening Ceremony at the Charles Bronfman Auditorium.[25][26]

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