Tickets for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Tel Aviv in May have not yet gone on sale – but prices revealed on Tuesday are much higher than those for last year's event in Lisbon.
The cheapest ticket for the international song competition is 350 shekels (slightly less than $100) for a hall seat for a semi-final rehearsal, and the most expensive one is 2,000 shekels ($552) for a seat and a "green room" pass for the grand final on May 18. Hall seats for the final will cost 1,150 shekels.
No date has been set yet for sales to the general public. 3,000 of the 7,300 seats in the hall are reserved for delegations and members of the European Broadcasting Union, which sponsors the Eurovision, and will not be put on sale.
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Tickets to one of two semi-final events, on May 14 and 16, range from 750 to 1,250 shekels. As the representative of the host country, Israeli Kobi Marimi is automatically granted a berth in the finals and will not be performing in the semi-finals.
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Seats for the grnad final rehearsal will start at 500 shekels and go up to 1,250 shekels for a premium seat near the stage. Tickets will be cheaper for semi-final rehearsals, ranging from 350 shekels to 1,000 shekels.
In last year’s contest, tickets for the final cost between 143 shekels and 1,225 shekels. Tickets for the grand final rehearsal cost only 60 shekels. The disparity in prices between Tel Aviv and Lisbon stems, in part, from the fact that the Lisbon hall was much bigger, sitting 20,000 people.
The Kan public broadcaster, which is the official Israeli host for the Eurovision, said ticket prices are higher because the government is not providing any financial support for the event, adding revenues from ticket sales will cover only a very small part of the expense of producing the Eurovision in Israel.