The Israeli entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 has been released. As was previously announced, Noa Kirel will sing “Unicorn” in Liverpool.
The song was written by an Israeli team, led by Doron Medalie, who has previously worked on the Israeli entry seven times between 2008 and 2018, including “Toy” by Netta. The team also includes May Sfadia, Noa Kirel, and Yinon Yahel.
Noa Kirel, a 21-year-old award winning singer, actress, and television host, was selected by KAN to perform the song after they decided not to hold a national final for the first time since 2012.
A TV night of Noa Kirel
KAN 11 hosted the live premiere “Unicorn” on March 8, just before the official aired on the Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel.
The special programming began at 20:15 CET, with KAN 11 airing a mini documentary about Noa and her summer, in which she receives the offer to go to Eurovision. At 21:10 CET, “Unicorn” was aired for the very first time. Following that, a documentary about her journey of creating the song.
Israel in Eurovision
Last year Michael Ben David sang “I.M.” in Turin and failed to qualify from semi-final two. This was the first time the country hadn’t qualified since 2014. In total, Israel have won the Eurovision Song Contest four times, most recently in 2018. The last time Israel used a full internal selection, in 2012, they also failed to qualify. Noa Kirel will perform “Unicorn” in the second half of the first semi-final.
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