ISRAEL – According to Israeli officials involved in the Eurovision production, the alternative means hosting the competition in the second-place finisher, Cyprus, which will not be able to finance the event, and so Austria will likely get to host as the third-place finisher.
Meanwhile, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai has offered to help fund the Eurovision. “Once again, there is no responsible adult. Just like they chased (Argentine soccer star) Messi from Israel, now they’re chasing the Eurovision away,” Huldai lamented in a Facebook post.
“The event, which is broadcast to billions around the world (and it doesn’t matter which city hosts it), will give exposure to the beautiful Israel many in the world don’t know. The Tel Aviv municipality is willing to contribute to the national effort by covering the costs for the venue—a main expense in organizing the event,” he went on to say. “Perhaps this would help those who are once again climbing trees instead of finding solutions.”
This would not be the first time Israel renounces the right to host the Eurovision Song Content. In 1980, after Israel won the competition with the song “Hallelujah,” Israel could not host the competition due to financial issues the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) was experiencing at the time. Furthermore, the date set for the Eurovision fell on Israel’s Memorial Day for IDF soldiers, leading the government to decide not to participate in the competition at all.