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Lineup 2019 completed as Heads of Delegation gather in Tel Aviv

Jon Ola Sand, the EBU's Executive Supervisor of the contest, introduces the Executive Producer to the Heads of Delegation who gathered in Tel Aviv.
Jon Ola Sand, the EBU's Executive Supervisor of the contest, introduces the Executive Producer to the Heads of Delegation who gathered in Tel Aviv.
Photo by: Stijn Smulders
Posted 11 March 2019 at 8:09

Today, the Heads of Delegation from the 41 countries represented in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest gather in Tel Aviv to learn everything they need to know about the upcoming event on 14, 16 and 18 May.

During the annual Heads of Delegation meeting, representatives from all participating countries receive detailed information about the three shows, the venue, stage design, light and sound. They will also hear more about the event organisation, covering topics like transportation, accommodation and details about the Eurovision Village.
Eurovision 2019 will take place at Expo Tel Aviv
Eurovision 2019 will take place at Expo Tel Aviv © Evert Groot
Following an introduction of the EBU's Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand, Zivit Davidovich, Executive Producer on behalf of Host Broadcaster KAN, welcomed some one hundred Heads of Delegation and Heads of Press to Tel Aviv.
The meeting, traditionally held in mid-March, also provides delegates an opportunity to get to know the organisers and discuss creative ideas around their stage performance.
© KAN
With Israel's song revealed last night, the lineup of the 64th Eurovision Song Contest is complete! In the days and weeks to come, Eurovision.tv will introduce you to all 41 contestants, their songs and the behind-the-scenes preparations going on in Tel Aviv, across Europe and, of course, in Australia.
After a break in the meeting, 2018 winner Netta made a surprise appearance, singing an acoustic ballad version of A-Ba-Ni-Bi, Israel's 1978 winning song.
© Stijn Smulders
Also during the meeting, three positions in the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group were up for election. The Reference Group is the EBU's executive body of the contest on behalf of all Participating Broadcasters. Italian representative Nicola Caligiore from RAI and Aleksander Radić from Slovenian broadcaster RTVSLO were re-elected, Swiss Head of Delegation Reto Peritz also got voted in. The Netherlands' Emilie Sickinghe from AVROTROS will leave the Reference Group after serving two terms. The newly composed Reference Group will get to work after the contest in Tel Aviv, when it will be joined by the Executive Producer of the 2020 contest.

Who is your favourite to win the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest? Let us know in the comments!

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Jon Ola Sand, the EBU's Executive Supervisor of the contest, introduces the Executive Producer to the Heads of Delegation who gathered in Tel Aviv.
Photo by: Stijn Smulders
Contributors
Evert Groot
Evert Groot