Eurovision 2020馃嚠馃嚤 Israel

馃嚠馃嚤 Israel: HaKokhav Haba L鈥橢urovizion to start later this month

The first phase of Israel's selection for 2020 begins November 23

Back in May,聽KAN confirmed that Israel would be participating in the 2020 contest. Along with the news was the announcement of changes to their selection method. Then, in July, more details emerged regarding how they will go about selecting their next entry. Now, we have confirmation of the date their artist selection will start.

As previously confirmed, Israel’s artist will once again be selected via the talent show聽HaKokhav HaBa L鈥橢urovizion聽(Rising Star). The Keshet show has been used to select the Israeli artist for Eurovision since 2015.聽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.

Although details of the song selection are yet to be announced, we now know when Rising Star will begin. In just a few weeks (November 23rd), Israel will launch their search for their representative for Rotterdam 2020!

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 鈥淗aSheket SheNish鈥檃r鈥, finishing fourth. Having failed to qualify for the final for four consecutive years (2011鈥14), Israel reached the final with Nadav Guedj鈥檚 鈥淕olden Boy鈥 in 2015. Since Nadav鈥檚 ninth place finish, Israel has qualified for every Grand Final. 

Last year, Netta brought Israel it鈥檚 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鈥檚 鈥淗ome鈥 didn鈥檛 quite reach the heights of its predecessor, placing 21st with 35 points.

Are you glad to see these changes? Who would you like to see represent Israel next year? Let us know! Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter@escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates!

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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