Last Thursday, the first wave of tickets for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 sold out in 10 minutes. After Israeli media reported that hundreds of tickets were resold at a profit at two and a half times their original price, it is now reported that purchases of tickets against the guidelines of Israeli national host broadcaster KAN will be cancelled.

According to KAN, the scandal revolves around hundreds of tickets for the best seats in the hall, which were sold directly without having to queue at the waiting list and process of the online ticket office. It concerns executives of the TV industry, senior figures from the world of sports and culture and also Eurovision 2019 hosts Assi Azar and Erez Tal, all of which were favoured in the process of ticket purchasing.

It is reported that the venue’s best seats and tickets were sold to these favoured groups and not to the public and fans. As a consequence broadcaster KAN and official ticketing company Leaan have announced that they will cancel the ticket purchasings (of TV executives) contradicting the instructions and guidelines, which eventually led to a disadvantage for the public. The ticket sales will be renewed once a special committee has worked out all details concerning the affected tickets.

At this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, out of the 7300 available seats and tickets 3000 are reserved for the EBU, delegations and sponsors meaning that the clear number of tickets availiable for fans is around 4300 only. A second round of the ticket sale is expected to take place in April.