In 2019, 42 countries will travel to Israel for the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, announced the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). 36 countries will appear in the semi-finals on May 14 and 16, hoping to qualify for the final on May 18. The home country of Israel and the "big five" countries – France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom – automatically qualify for the finals. at the Expo in Tel Aviv (International Congress Center). The three performances will be copied by EBU and Israel Broadcasting Corporation – KAN.
Despite the best efforts of the BDS movement, no countries will boycott this event. 43 countries took part in the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon in May due to the fact that Bulgaria was away from Israel in May due to financial difficulties.
Jon Ola Sand, executive director of the Eurovision competition on behalf of EBU, said: "Last year Netta dared to dream and won the Lisbon competition, bringing him to Israel in 2019. We are pleased that 42 countries will be represented in Tel Aviv and I hope that the participating senders are inspired to the same dream. "The KAN team is preparing to accept the participants – and the whole world! – to Tel Aviv and they will be showing the shows to remember."
KAN Chief Executive Eldad Koblenz added: "We already know that dreams come true, when we saw how Netta Barzilai wins the Eurovision competition in May and brings the trophy back to Israel for the fourth time, Netta has allowed us to dare to sleep and now, because we are making dreams come true, we are looking forward to welcoming 42 delegations who will strive for the same. All of us at KAN expect everyone to have an exciting and unforgettable Eurovision song contest that will be watched by millions of viewers in Israel and around the world . "
Published by Globes, Israel business news – en.globes.co.il – November 7, 2018
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