Eurovision 2020

Israel: Two selection shows confirmed for 2020 participation

The song itself will now also be selected by the public

Back in May, KAN confirmed that Israel would be participating in the 2020 contest. Along with the news was the announcement of changes to their selection method. Now, more details have emerged regarding how they will go about selecting their next entry. The country recently withdrew from the Junior contest.

Following their stint as the host country for 2019, Israel now give up their privileges and will return to the semi finals once again for the 2020 contest. Following a disappointing finish for their host entry, “Home”, similar to many host entries before it, the Israeli delegation will be looking to improve their result for next year. To achieve this, they are planning to hold a selection show for the song as well as the artist.

Their artist will once again be selected via the talent show HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion (Rising Star). The Keshet show has been used to select the Israeli artist for Eurovision since 2015. However, next year, KAN will also be producing a show that enables members of public to select the song itself, which had previously been selected internally.

It is expected that both KAN and Keshet will be making calls for singers and songs to be sent in in the coming weeks. Specific dates for the selection will follow in due course.

Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest

Israel has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 41 times since making its debut in 1973. The country has won the contest four times (1978, 1979, 1998, 2018), and has hosted the contest three times (1979, 1999 and 2019).

Since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, Israel has failed to reach the final six times. In 2005, Shiri Maimon gave the country its tenth top five result with “HaSheket SheNish’ar”, finishing fourth. Having failed to qualify for the final for four consecutive years (2011–14), Israel reached the final with Nadav Guedj’s “Golden Boy” in 2015. Since Nadav’s ninth place finish, Israel has qualified for every Grand Final. 

Last year, Netta brought Israel it’s forth victory, 20 years after its previous win. Her song won the televote and placed 3rd in the jury vote, amassing 529 points. The 2019 edition of the contest was hosted in Tel Aviv. Performing on home soil, Kobi Marimi’s “Home” didn’t quite reach the heights of its predecessor, placing 21st with 35 points.

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Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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