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AdamAloud
post May 13 2018, 03:22 PM
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Happy New Year Eurovision fans! Thanks to Netta we're off to Israel in 2019, for the final Eurovision Song Contest of the decade. In the coming months the EBU along with the Israeli broadcaster IPBC, will be getting everything prepared and ready for next May. In terms of the host city, it's widely expected to be either Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated on Twitter that the contest will be held in Jerusalem, however this will all need to be approved by the EBU, who I suspect will favour Tel Aviv.

Join us here on Buzzjack as all the news for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 unfold! Only about 365 days to go!
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post May 13 2018, 03:42 PM
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I’m already excited!

Looking like Estonia, Norway, Poland, San Marino, Serbia, Spain and Sweden have all confirmed thus far.

We could also FINALLY be getting a debut in the form of Liechtenstein apparently.


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post May 13 2018, 04:10 PM
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May 11 2019 then? biggrin.gif

Hyped already!
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post May 13 2018, 04:13 PM
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I expect it to be a late Eurovision next year, with the Israeli Memorial Day on the 8th.
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post May 13 2018, 05:30 PM
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I can see this being similar to Kiev 2017 - a much quieter contest with a smaller turnout, with anything other than the live final mostly populated by locals. Flights to Israel are *really* expensive at this time of year from most of Europe (usually £100 each way) and the political situation of the country might put a lot off attending. It's impossible to compare it to 1999 as the contest was much smaller then.

We've had a nicely varied mix of countries winning it the last few years - Western Europe (Portugal), Northern Europe (Sweden), Central Europe (Austria), Eastern Europe (Ukraine), the Caucasus (Azerbaijan) and, erm, not actually Europe at all in Israel's case! Hoping for a Baltic or Balkan win next year!
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QUOTE(BillyH @ May 13 2018, 06:30 PM) *
I can see this being similar to Kiev 2017 - a much quieter contest with a smaller turnout, with anything other than the live final mostly populated by locals. Flights to Israel are *really* expensive at this time of year from most of Europe (usually £100 each way) and the political situation of the country might put a lot off attending. It's impossible to compare it to 1999 as the contest was much smaller then.

I agree with this.
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post May 13 2018, 06:49 PM
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QUOTE(BillyH @ May 13 2018, 06:30 PM) *
I can see this being similar to Kiev 2017 - a much quieter contest with a smaller turnout, with anything other than the live final mostly populated by locals. Flights to Israel are *really* expensive at this time of year from most of Europe (usually £100 each way) and the political situation of the country might put a lot off attending. It's impossible to compare it to 1999 as the contest was much smaller then.

We've had a nicely varied mix of countries winning it the last few years - Western Europe (Portugal), Northern Europe (Sweden), Central Europe (Austria), Eastern Europe (Ukraine), the Caucasus (Azerbaijan) and, erm, not actually Europe at all in Israel's case! Hoping for a Baltic or Balkan win next year!



One of the Island nations next year, please - Ireland, UK, Iceland, Malta, Cyprus, Australia biggrin.gif
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post May 13 2018, 08:07 PM
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QUOTE(BillyH @ May 13 2018, 06:30 PM) *
I can see this being similar to Kiev 2017 - a much quieter contest with a smaller turnout, with anything other than the live final mostly populated by locals. Flights to Israel are *really* expensive at this time of year from most of Europe (usually £100 each way) and the political situation of the country might put a lot off attending. It's impossible to compare it to 1999 as the contest was much smaller then.


After the nightmare of getting tickets this year, here's hoping. Committed to going again no matter what.

(and £100 would be a bargain compared to what I've paid to get home from Lisbon drama.gif)
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post May 13 2018, 09:59 PM
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QUOTE(J▲hq @ May 13 2018, 09:07 PM) *
After the nightmare of getting tickets this year, here's hoping. Committed to going again no matter what.

(and £100 would be a bargain compared to what I've paid to get home from Lisbon drama.gif)


you should had in mind that Lisbon is geographically the center of the world.
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post May 13 2018, 10:53 PM
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How much do tickets for the finals cost these days then?

I’ll be old enough to go next year (I’m assuming you have to be 18?), but I’m thinking about going to the 2020 final, wherever that may be! I’m also guessing that prices vary depending on the location of your seat/area?
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post May 14 2018, 02:05 AM
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^ I paid £120 for a standing area ticket for the final and I don't think there was an age limit as I was surprised to see a couple of kids in the standing section
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post May 14 2018, 12:49 PM
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Could be in for a lengthy wait for the host city announcement this year.

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The Mayor of Tel Aviv has confirmed that his city will not bid to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. With that announcement, it is now all but confirmed that Jerusalem will indeed host the contest next year.

Many fans were hoping the contest would travel to Tel Aviv for the edition of 2019. The city hosts one of the biggest Eurovision pre-parties. A huge crowd usually attends the event. The arena which would have been suitable to host the event was the Menora Mivtachim Arena. The multi-purpose arena could potentially have hosted up to 11,000 people.

Ron Huldai, the Mayor of Tel Aviv, was however quick to rule out his city as possibility. That leaves hardly any doubt of where the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will be taking place. Jerusalem will very likely be the city that will host the event.


https://www.escxtra.com/2018/05/14/tel-aviv...ost-eurovision/
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Ugh, I really hope they change their minds and host it in Tel Aviv. It's certainly the best option.
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post May 14 2018, 05:08 PM
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Jerusalem is a disaster waiting to happen. As everyone has said, the EBU will want to avoid the Geopolitics of that choice but there is also a very real safety concern to Jerusalem too. This week the Israeli military has massacred more than 40 Palestinians. Palestine commemorates the loss of life and homes of their people with the creation of Israel around this time every year and the last thing the Israel-Palestine conflict needs is a shiny glitter target promoting Jerusalem as an Israeli city.

So many ways this can end badly.

A big 5 hosting job might be the best option but I can’t see Israel going for that
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post May 14 2018, 05:25 PM
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Silly idea. Should not be held in Jerusalem!

QUOTE(J▲hq @ May 14 2018, 03:05 AM) *
^ I paid £120 for a standing area ticket for the final and I don't think there was an age limit as I was surprised to see a couple of kids in the standing section

I guess that’s not *too* bad! I guess it’s the flights/accommodation which costs. Better get saving! laugh.gif
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post May 14 2018, 05:27 PM
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I think I can see the EBU insisting on Tel Aviv hosting, despite that press release!
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post May 14 2018, 08:04 PM
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I've just checked my Stockholm trip costs cqm

Semi-Final 1 - 495kr ~ £45
Semi-Final 2 - 1.295kr ~ £110
Jury Final - 995kr ~ £90
"Eurovision The Party" - 300kr ~ £25
Hostel - 1.250kr (£107 booked about 2hrs after Stockholm was confirmed as the host city in July 2015)
Flight - £159.65 (KLM from EDI to ARN return booked about 2hrs after Stockholm was confirmed as the host city in July 2015)

All in it was between £525 and £550 for the trip, not including spending money and food. It was worth it though for me, I really really loved the trip. Booking everything apart helped with the cost. So flights were first and then the tickets a second tranche a few months later and then the hotel was a pay on the day affair. That was quite helpful for finances, so my advice would be to save up for things as you buy them spread out over the year, makes it feel a little more manageable.
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Ah thanks for doing that. I’d probably need to save around £900 then which includes food and spending money. It really isn’t too bad at all. It must be an unforgettable experience!
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post May 14 2018, 08:41 PM
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Yeah that's a fair estimate I'd say. The biggest variable will always be flights. If you book them as soon as possible then you'll get in before the prices escalate.

I would recommend it with all my heart to any Eurovision fan. Being in that arena is special, you really feel the energy of the crowd and the performers and the heat from the pyros. Never will you appreciate the truthfulness of the phrase 'heat rises' like being on the top tier of Globen next to the stage during a very pyro filled performance. I really feel for anyone in a 100 mile radius of the stage during Fuego laugh.gif

I put it off for a few years coz of exams but I'm glad I chose Stockholm to go to. It was a great city and a great experience. And Sound of Silence still gives me goosebumps.
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I think I’d rather go somewhere a bit closer though. Germany would be nice.
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