It remains 29 days until May 12, the Eurovision week in Tel Aviv. So far, Israeli actress Gal Gado is the most important star to announce his presence on May 18 at the Eurovision Song Contest.
"We also hope to have Madonna," said Yuvall Cohen, director of Eurovision 2019, "but the official announcement has not yet been made."
He said negotiations are still underway to bring the famous singer, "loving Israel," to perform two songs at the famous European song contest.
This is one of the many reviews of the annual Israel Song Contest, entitled "Daresh for a Dream".
Sunday's shows will be presented by Israeli presenters Lucy Ayob and Asi Azar, while TV presenter Erez Tal and top model Bar Refaeli will host the final.
Other Israeli artists will perform during the main evening of May 18th, including mentor Lior Sucard, the former participant of the Dana contest, Idan Reichel's project, the Shalva group, former Eurovision winner Izhar Cohen as the jury, musician Cutiman and Neta Barzilai will open the evening on May 18.
Preparation of the program, the stage and the organization of the Eurovision 2019 started as soon as Barzillai brought the trophy in Israel with the song "Toy" of the 2018 edition.
The main members of the song talk about stage projects, the program and the backstage work at the next press conference at Tel Aviv Expo, a space of 60,000 square meters, hosting some of the planned events over a week.
"It's like an Olympic village," said Tamir Dyan, executive director of Expo Tel Aviv, located in an area known as Ghanai Haatarucha.
Diane said around 8 million shekels (1.9 million euros) were invested in construction work and renovation, which involved 1,600 employees.
"This is a very important event for us," he said.
In 1979, Israel hosted Eurovision for the last time in Jerusalem. The level of professionalism and the need for entertainment have changed much since then, said Zivit Davidovic, executive producer of Eurovision 2019.
"There are now three major shows, open trials, a series of events with an incredible level of creativity," she said. "We want to show Israel's pride and creativity all over Europe. We want to see that we are great."
A 17-meter screen composed of 12 separate LED screens will be displayed on the stage, explained Meal Cohen, one of the producers of Eurovision. Four gigantic moving carriers on the stage can be lifted and turned around, giving different performance options for each performance.
The event will begin on May 12 with a performance at Habiba Theater in downtown Tel Aviv, followed by several days and evenings of performances and events in the village of Euro at Charles Clor Park, where Israeli artists will perform performances tonight. There will be Ivy Leader, Mayumana or Mosh Ben Ari. The public will be able to enjoy the best Israeli culinary specialties with the Eat TLV restaurant.
Considerable attention was paid to the logistics of the event, said Eitan Schwartz of Tel Aviv Global, a municipal initiative. With the expected arrival of 10,000 tourists who will occupy all of the hotel's rooms in the city, Tel Aviv wants to impress with the European standard for transport and logistics.
There will be many volunteers scattered around the city to distribute pocket guides, but also a new website for the city, fixed beach prices, Shabbat buses, so that tourists do not need to depend on a taxi. The beaches will be regularly cleaned and many free tours will be organized.
"It's a chance for a generation," Schwarz said.