Israeli media is reporting that Haifa did not submit a bid to host Eurovision 2019, leaving just three cities in the race to host.
Walla reports that the Municipality of Haifa has dropped out of the race to host next years Eurovision Song Contest, after failing to submit a bid by the required deadline. According to documents seen by the media outlet, Haifa received a letter from KAN which said that they did not receive an application to host so are assumed to be not interested in hosting.
The letter reads;
On July 8, we held a meeting in the mayor’s office regarding the possibility of hosting the Eurovision Song Contest in the city of Haifa. Both before and after the meeting, letters were sent to you from the corporation detailing the data required for the presentation so that the corporation and the European Broadcasting Union could consider hosting the competition in Haifa, including clear timetables for sending the data. The last date of delivery was July 18. Since we have not received any response from you (not orally or in writing), we assume that you are not interested in continuing to participate in the process. We thank you for your interest and wish you great success along the way.
The Mayor of Haifa Yona Yahav has however stated that the city is still interested in hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. According to the Mayor no material was received from KAN and that he will be looking in to the matter over the course of the next day.
Three cities have submitted bids to host the Eurovision Song Contest. Jersualem, Tel Aviv and Eilat have sent their bids to KAN and are officially still in the running to host the competition next May. Masada who had proposed an open air Eurovision, has also dropped out of the race.