KAN the Israeli national broadcaster has today launched the formal bidding process to select the host city of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
KAN is set to approach four cities across Israel to take part in the bidding process for the host city of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The national broadcaster will be inviting Eilat, Haifa, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to submit bids to host next years Song Contest. All four cities will be provided with the criteria that is required to host the Eurovision Song Contest.
Earlier this week the European Broadcasting Union confirmed that “a handover from RTP (Portugal’s EBU member) took place and a timetable of key milestones was agreed.” Furthermore, planning for next years event has already begun. Adding that the host city and the dates for Eurovision 2019 are due to be announced “by September.”
Details regarding bids have been reported in the past month by Israeli media. Eilat’s bid to host is viewed as the least likely to win with the city of the Red Sea having the city lacking a viable venue for the competition with both indoor venues in the city having a capacity of less than 3,000 people.
While Jerusalem has received the backing of many members of the Israeli Parliament. The municipal government of Jerusalem has been making preliminary preparations for hosting, such as drafting up plans for Teddy Stadium and offers of support from the mayor of Jerusalem. The city would be a controversial choice following calls for the boycotting of the competition in a number of countries since Netta won for Israel with “Toy” in May.