Israel 2019: Eilat is also considering to host Eurovision 2019

Israel 2019: Eilat is also considering to host Eurovision 2019

The possibility of holding the 64th Eurovision Competition in the coastal city of Eliat is being examined by EBU according to local Israeli media. The Walla website states that an anonymous resource through EBU has stated that Eliat is also among the cities that are candidates for the next contest. The city is on the shores of the Red Sea and has so far been out of the race to claim the next event. However, it appears to be interested in the following until now:

  • Haifa
  • Jerusalem
  • Petash Tikva

The city is inhabited by about 50,000 inhabitants and is a popular tourist resort and port. It serves both domestic and international transportation including Ryan Air and Wizz Air. The only and essential problem with the city is that both of its stages have a capacity of less than 3,000 people.

All this is happening when both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev have agreed not to get involved in the process of selecting the city at all. The latter reminds that a few had opposed the possibility of not choosing Jerusalem.

On the other hand, Haaretz reports that EBU has no problem with Eurovision 2019 being held in Jerusalem, on the condition that there is no political feasibility and its choice to be transparent. In fact, we find out that there are already some preparatory procedures at Teddy Stadium in case the city is locked as the next organizer. The landscape is still cloudy and the thriller continues.

Fotis Kourouvanis

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