In Jerusalem, preparations are well under way for the 1979 Eurovision song contest, to be held on Saturday, the thirty-first of March.
In Jerusalem, preparations are well under way for the 1979 Eurovision song contest, to be held on Saturday, the thirty-first of March. It will be the first time that the Holy City has staged the competition, which will be seen on television by several hundred millions of people via the Eurovision link.
SYNOPSIS: The Benyaneii Haooma is the venue for the competition, and stagehands are now putting the finishing touches to the set. Israel won the competition for the first time last year with a song from Izhar Cohen and the Alpha-Beta, and their victory gave Jerusalem the chance to stage this year's contest. Though not in Europe, Israel is eligible for entry because it belongs to the European Broadcasting Union, whose member states fund the contest.
This year, nineteen countries are in the competition, which was inaugurated in 1956. It will be transmitted live throughout the European Broadcasting area, and competitors are hoping for the same world-wide success the Swedish group 'Abba' scored after they won in 1974.