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May 17, 2019 11:36 am

Eurovision Fans Hit Tel Aviv Beach Ahead of Saturday Final

avatar by Reuters and Algemeiner Staff

People visit the Eurovision Village, an area dedicated to fans of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, ahead of the contest final in Tel Aviv, Israel, May 17, 2019. Photo: Reuters / Ammar Awad.

Hundreds of tourists and concertgoers packed into a seafront Eurovision park in Tel Aviv on Friday, soaking in the late spring sun ahead of the music competition’s Saturday final.

Tourists thronged around food trucks and lay on sunbeds as live music blared throughout the Eurovision Village, a fan-dedicated area for the 41-nation song contest in Tel Aviv’s Charles Clore Park.

Concerts and fringe events have popped up throughout the city and along its Mediterranean coast as fans and locals take in its night life and hit the beach between the contest’s qualifying rounds.

Last night’s semi-final saw Albania, Azerbaijan, Denmark, Malta, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland advance to Saturday’s final, where pop diva Madonna is due to make a guest appearance.

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Israel was chosen to host the contest after local singer Netta Barzilai won last year in Portugal with “Toy,” propelling her to international stardom.

26 countries will compete in Saturday’s grand finale.

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