When is Eurovision 2019 and why is the Song Contest being held in Tel Aviv this year?

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GET ready for bizarre songs, unique costumes and stage invasions – that’s right the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 is just around the corner.

It’s being held in Tel Aviv and we’ve got the full lowdown on the why and the where.

Eurovision Song Contest Tel Aviv 2019
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When is the Eurovision Song Contest 2019?

The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will take place from May 14 to 18, 2019.

Semi-Finals will take place in Tel Aviv on May 14 and May 16.

The Grand Final will take place on May 18.

Michael Rice
Michael Rice will be representing the UK in the 2019 Eurovision
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What is the UK’s song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019?

Former X Factor contestant and winner of BBC’s All Together Now Michael Rice, 21, has been picked to represent us in the contest this year.

He will travel to Tel Aviv, Isreal in May to sing the song Bigger Than Us.

Talking to the BBC, Michael said: “Bigger Than Us is about love, coming together, it’s a really powerful song. You just connect with it. It’s all about emotion.”

Why is Eurovision being held in Tel Aviv?

It’s because Israel’s Netta Barzilai won 2018 and the event traditionally moves to the winner’s country.

The Israeli government had talked about moving the show to Jerusalem to avoid backlash over America recognising the latter city as its capital.

But a Eurovision spokesperson said they decided on Tel Aviv in the end for its “creative and compelling bid”.

Mayor Ron Huldai commented: “Eurovision is a perfect fit for our city, which has been internationally acclaimed for its vibrant energy, creative spirit, its lively cultural scene and its celebration of freedom.

“We are looking forward to host a joyful and nonstop event in the spirit of Tel Aviv.”

The show returns in may 2019
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Who is favourite to win Eurovision 2019?

Here are the current odds from Sky Bet:

  • Netherlands – 28/15
  • Russia – 9/2
  • Italy – 11/1
  • Switzerland – 11/1


When was Eurovision 2018 and where did it take place?

The 63rd Eurovision Song Contest started on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, and ended with the Grand Final on Saturday, May 12.

It took place for the first time in Portugal, at the Altice Arena in Lisbon.

Portugal achieved its first Eurovision victory at the 2017 contest in Kiev with their song Amar Pelos Dois, which was performed by Salvador Sobral.

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