Today saw the Israeli national broadcaster and this year’s hosting channel – KAN – reveal more info on the performing interval acts at this year’s contest, alongside more info on the events surrounding the show in Tel Aviv.
The performing acts
As well as Madonna, who will perform two songs in the final of this year’s contest, a number of former Eurovision stars will be part of the final show on May 18th at the Expo Tel Aviv. In a round robin of performances, Conchita (Austria 2014) will perform Måns Zelmerlöw’s “Heroes”, with the Sweden 2015 singer in turn performing Eleni Foureira’s “Fuego”. Foureira (Cyprus 2018) will also be present, performing Verka Serduchka’s “Dancing Lasha Tumbai”, before the Ukrainian drag queen from 2007 performs Netta’s “Toy”.
Speaking of Netta, the Israeli reigning champion will perform a new version of “Toy” and a new single at the first semi-final. In the second semi-final, finalists of HaKokhav HaBa 2019, Shalva Band will perform their track “Million Dreams”.
Back in the final, there will also be involvement from Gali Atari, one of the performers of Milk & Honey who won in 1979, with a performance of the winning entry “Hallelujah”. Idan Raichel Project and the 26 finalists of this year’s contest will perform “Bo’ee – Come To Me”, and one of this year’s hosts Lior Suchard and Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot will also have some part to play in the final festivities.
KAN also confirmed information about the usual facilities across the host city for 2019, with more information on the Eurovision Village in Charles Clore Park, which will be open to the public between 12 and 18 May, opening at 17:00 IST and closing at 23:00 on non-show days and until the end of the live broadcasts of the Eurovision shows. The Eurovision Village will once again feature performances from Eurovision-related acts and Israeli talent, as well as showcasing the country and bringing locals and fans closer to our beloved competition!
This year’s opening ceremony takes place at Habima Square in central Tel Aviv. Following Lisbon’s decision to opt for a blue carpet last year, Israel’s KAN have gone for an orange carpet for 2019. The press event will see journalists given opportunities to interview the artists, before the delegations meet for the welcome party at Charles Bronfman Auditorium. Our very own Matt and Sean will also be there to cover the ceremony!
The Euroclub for 2019 will be at Hangar 11 in the Tel Aviv Port area of the city, in the north-west. The venue for accredited Eurovision delegates and press will open between 22:00 and 04:00 IST between 11th and 18th May. We will keep #YOU all posted of any developments and events during this week, and also in the first week of rehearsals, which are expected to begin this year on Saturday 4th May.
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