Eurovision 2019 host city, Tel Aviv, held today the host city insignia exchange and the semi-final allocation draw.
The ceremony was held in the city’s Museum of Art and was hosted by 2019 green room hosts announced earlier this week Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub.
The host city Insignia exchange is the official even when the latest Eurovision host city officially passes the host for the next city. As a tradition, each country is adding a city chain to a huge keychain bond them all together. Talking about the tradition, the executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest Mr. Jon Ola Sand says “The insignia ceremony is an important moment for the Eurovision Song Contest and an exciting celebration of the host city handover. It is also a key milestone for our participating broadcasters as they find out which Semi-Final they will perform in, and as the countdown continues to May, we look forward to welcoming them to Tel Aviv for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest”
As the ceremony opened today, the Deputy Mayor of Lisbon, Duare Cordeiro, passed on the host city insignia to Tel-Aviv’s city mayor Ron Hulda. from that moment on that’s official, we have a new host city, Tel Aviv!.
The second part of the event is the most important one for every analytic Eurovision fan, the Semifinal allocation. In order to ensure a clear fair game and to prevent local voting, the 36 semi-finalists have been allocated into 6 posts based on historical voting patterns calculated by the EBU’s televoting partner. the 7th pot belongs to the big6 (last year winner, Israel, and the big 5 France, Spain, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom. the big6 qualified automatically for the final and will be decided on which semi-final the country will vote for.
The pots were revealed in advance:
And for the results:
Voting in Semi-Final 1:
Voting in Semi-Final 2:
- United Kingdom
Semi-Final 1 Participants (A-Z Order)
- Czech Republic
- San Marino
Semi-Final 2 Participants (A-Z Order)
The full running order will be decided by the show producers after all the 42 entries have been revealed to ensure the best flow through all the show. as selected an official announcement will be made.
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