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Exclusive: Sneak preview of stage set for Tel Aviv Eurovision 2019

Exclusive: Sneak preview of stage set for Tel Aviv Eurovision 2019

Douze points: Inclusion and diversity at centre of Eurovision 2019. Photo: Eurovision.tv

The first tantalising image of what the Tel Aviv Eurovision Song Contest set will look like has been posted.

Eurovision.TV, the official website of the international musical competition, posted the image on its website. Organisers included the image on a page that read: Happy New Year: 10 things to look forward to in 2019.

Giant set with multiple stage areas 

The huge origami-styled set is formed of four main triangular shards which meet at a centre point, at ceiling level.

On either side of the stage are two generous, wide, eight-step staircases, which lead to raised presenter platforms.

Two long catwalks stretch from the base of each staircase around an ‘inner circle’ for VIPs and meet in the middle.

In front of the inner circle enclosure is the main stage, where the acts are likely to perform.

Tel Aviv calling: first image of the set for Eurovision 2019. Photo: Eurovision.tv
Tel Aviv calling: First image of the set for Eurovision 2019. Photo: Eurovision.tv

The chief architect of the new set is German stage designer Florian Wieder. He beat local Israeli designers for the gig and has worked on a number of previous Eurovision sets.

Wieder, who also worked on stages for XFactor and the MTV Music Awards, will be looking to impress with the Tel Aviv set. This will be the first time the coastal city has hosted the event. Israeli capital, Jerusalem, has been the favoured location on previous occasions.

Hints of LGBTI inclusion in Tel Aviv presenter line-up

The Eurovision.tv site also suggested there may be a surprise in the presenter line-up this year. Could this mean there will be an LGBTI element to the presenter team?

Well, the slogan for the 2019 contest is Dare to Dream, which organisers say is about ‘inclusion, diversity and unity’.

The full presenter line-up for the show has not yet been announced. However, the Eurovision.tv site notes that ‘historically we’ve seen very different compositions of hosting teams. For example, last year we saw a quartet of female hosts…In 2017, an all-male trio hosted the contest in Kyiv…’

We’re betting that LGBTI presenters will almost certainly form some part of the team.

Countries are currently selecting their own final acts for the show. Australian drag queen and Eurovision hopeful Courtney Act tweeted on Friday that he had finished her last vocal lesson in London. The Drag Race star travels to Australia next week in her bid to chosen to represent the country in Israel.

The contest will host a series of semi-finals ahead of the grand final on 18 May. Honestly, we just can’t wait.

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