מדונה מתחם אקספו אירוויזיון האירוויזיון תל אביב 2019
מדונה מתחם אקספו אירוויזיון האירוויזיון תל אביב 2019
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Netta Barzilai performs her winning song 'Toy' at the 2018 Eurovision in Lisbon

Israel's Eurovision voted contest of the decade

European Broadcasting Union says competition held in Tel Aviv earlier this year beat those in Portugal, Ukraine, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Azerbaijan, Germany, and Norway; 'It's proof that daring to dream pays off,' says broadcasting chief

Ran Boker |
Published: 12.22.19 , 15:48
The Israel hosted 2019 Eurovision was picked as the best Eurovision of the last decade according to a poll published on the European Broadcasting Union's (EBU) Instagram page, which numbers approximately half a million viewers.
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  • The Eurovision in Israel was produced by the Israeli public broadcaster Kan, only two years after its rocky foundation.
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    Netta Barzilai performs her winning song 'Toy' at the 2018 Eurovision in Lisbon
    (Photo: AFP)
    Kan CEO Eldad Koblenz, who promised the broadcaster would put on "the best Eurovision in history," now has the certificate to prove it.
    האירוויזיוןהאירוויזיון
    Eurovision 2019 Israel
    (Photo: AFP)
    "More so than any official prize, the votes we received from the public are definite proof that daring to dream pays off," said Koblenz.
    "The public embrace gives us power and motivation to keep creating elegant, quality content. "
    תחרות גמר אירוויזיון גני התערוכה תל אביבתחרות גמר אירוויזיון גני התערוכה תל אביב
    Madonna performing at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv
    (Photo: Reuters)
    The Eurovision was held in Israel after Netta Barzilai won first place in the 2018 competition in Lisbon with her song "Toy."
    The contest was produced by Zivit Davidovich and directed by Yuval Cohen.
    "Now it's official!" wrote Cohen on his Facebook page, "our Eurovision was chosen as the best of the decade!"
    אופנהאופנה
    L-R: Eurovision 2019 hosts Assi Azar, Lucy Ayoub, Bar Refaeli and Erez Tal
    (Photo: Reuters)
    The Kan production of the Eurovision encountered various financial difficulties, which forced the production company to borrow NIS 50 Million in order to meet the standards of the European Broadcasting Union.
    Additionally, days before the start of the competition and with the competitors already in Israel, there was an escalation in the security situation in southern Israel, although the Eurovision went ahead without interruption.

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