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Eurovision 2019 To Take Place In Tel Aviv, Not Jerusalem

HuffPost UK logo HuffPost UK 14/09/2018 Ash Percival

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Eurovision 2019 will be held in Tel Aviv and not Jerusalem, it has been announced. 

Following Netta’s win in this year’s Song Contest, Israel is staging the 2019 live final, with the host city being confirmed on Thursday.

The news cleared up some of the confusion surrounding next year’s competition, as it was initially thought it would be held in Jerusalem.

a person standing on a stage: Netta won this year's Euorvision for Israel © SIPA USA/PA Images Netta won this year's Euorvision for Israel

There was subsequently a backlash due to the event and its semi-finals overlapping with Holy days, and the government later dropped their demands over fear of the show being boycotted.

Many other cities subsequently sought to host the 2019 competition, but it was Tel Aviv that Eurovision bosses chose due to its “creative and compelling bid”. 

The city is Israel’s cultural and commercial capital and is also LGBTQ-friendly.

Eurovision Song Contest Winner Celine Dion of Switzerland on stage in the RDS, Dublin, 30/04/1988 © Getty Eurovision Song Contest Winner Celine Dion of Switzerland on stage in the RDS, Dublin, 30/04/1988

The Song Contest will come live from the Tel Aviv Convention Center on 18 May 2019 in front of a crowd of 10,000.

It will be the third time Israel has played host to Eurovision, but the first for Tel Aviv. Jerusalem previously hosted the show in 1979 and 1999.

Israeli singer Netta won this year’s Song Contest with her version of the energetic, beatbox-heavy track, ‘Toy’.

Group picture of the Semi-Final 1 Winners during the first semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 9, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine. © Getty Group picture of the Semi-Final 1 Winners during the first semi final of the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest at International Exhibition Centre (IEC) on May 9, 2017 in Kiev, Ukraine.

Despite Eurovision jurors having selected Austria as their winners, the voting public’s votes boosted Netta to the top of the leaderboard with an impressive 529 points. Her closest competitor, Cyprus’s Eleni Foureira scooped 436.

After collecting her award from last year’s champion Salvador Sobral, she thanked viewers for “choosing different”, “accepting differences between us” and “celebrating diversity”.

Pictures: Eurovision Song Contest winners: Where are they now? (GES)

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