Back in August, Noa Kirel became the first representative confirmed for Eurovision 2023. In a recent interview, she revealed that she has recorded two potential entries and has yet to pick her final entry for Liverpool.
In an interview with Channel 12, she confirmed that two songs have been recorded to date, one is about power, while the other “talks more about love”.
According to the singer, both songs are in English but also contain some Hebrew lyrics. Regarding the style of the songs, she describes both songs as being uptempo and having “Mediterranean touches”.
Noa Kirel was selected from an initial shortlist of 78 artists by a 10-person committee of music professionals and KAN executives, with her being their first choice. Kirel is the first Israeli act to be internally selected via this committee to represent Israel at Eurovision since 2014, when the Israeli Broadcasting Authority internally selected Mei Finegold.
Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest
Israel debuted at the 1973 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Ey Sham” by Ilanit, ultimately placing 4th behind Eurovision legends Cliff Richard, Mocedades, and Anne-Marie David. Since then, Israel has won the Eurovision Song Contest four times: in 1978 with “A-Ba-Ni-Bi” by Izhar Cohen and the Alpha-Beta, in 1979 with “Hallelujah” by Gali Atari and Milk & Honey, in 1998 with “Diva” by Dana International, and in 2018 with “Toy” by NETTA.
In 2022, Israel used X Factor Israel to select their Eurovision entry. In a close final vote, Michael Ben David was chosen with the song “I.M.” He did not qualify for the final, finishing 13th in the second semifinal with 61 points.
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