Jon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, has responded to reports of thousands of tickets remaining unsold for this years show.
The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand, has spoken to VG regarding the amount of tickets that remain onsale for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Mr Sand remains ademant that the final will be sold out, but that the semi-finals may be below capacity.
It is true that there are tickets left for the semifinals. The sale has gone a little slower than expected
However, many ticket packages have been sold to larger companies and groups that have not yet been billed. They therefore do not appear in the overview of tickets sold. The final is almost sold out. Only a few tickets are held back in case adjustments are made to camera positions or scene items.
Mr Sand explained to VG that the issue of tickets not selling out for all of the shows has occurred before. In both Kyiv and Lisbon, the tickets for the live shows did not sell out. He explained that it is up to the host broadcaster to set the price of tickets:
Every year, it is the broadcaster of the organising country who is responsible for the ticket sales to the Eurovision Song Contest. They have chosen to price the tickets corresponding to other major international events and concerts that happen in Israel.
Globes reported in the past week that high ticket prices are impacting on the number of tickets sold for all shows excluding the Grand Final. According the news outlet just over 2,200 tickets remain unsold for the semi-finals. 200 tickets remain for the first Semi-Final, while 2,000 tickets are still available for the second Semi-Final.
The jury shows for the Semi-Finals and Grand Finals also have thousands of tickets available to purchase, despite a lower price than the actual broadcasts. KAN told Globes that:
The sale of tickets to the Green Room, the semifinals, and the rehearsals is continuing. Tickets to the rehearsals and semifinals are relatively low, and this is an excellent opportunity for people to enjoy a show never before seen in Israel.