A call for songs for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 has been made by IPBC, with just over a week to go until the final of the Israeli selection process.
The Association of Composers from Authors and Publishers of Music in Israel has made an open call to its members for songs to represent Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. With the final of the Israeli selection process on February 13, songwriters have just over two weeks to work on their proposed songs before the submission deadline.
The rules of the song submission are as follows:
- Songs must not exceed 3 minutes in length
- Songwriters can submit up to two songs
- The song must be performed in Hebrew, English or a combination of the two
- Songs may not have been released before September 1, 2017
- Songs are not allowed to contain anything that would damage the image of Eurovision / Israel / IPBC or the EBU
Songs must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 19 at 10:00 local time.
All of the songs will be listened to by a panel formed of representatives of Israel Broadcasting Corporation and Keshet Broadcasting. The members of the jury will listen to the songs without any information about who has written the song. They are only allowed to listen to the song and read the lyrics.
Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest
Israel debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1973, and were represented by Ilanit who finished in 4th place with the song “Ey Sham”. Their first victory came in 1978 with Izar Cohen and the Alphabeta. Israel won again the following year with Gali Atari & Milk and Honey. Israel’s most recent victory came in 1998 when Dana International performed “Diva” in Birmingham, beating Malta to victory in a tense voting sequence. Israel struggled in the contest during the early-2010s, failing to qualify for the final from 2011-2014. However since the HaKokhav HaBa selection process was introduced in 2015 they have qualified three times, with Nadav Guedj finishing in 9th in 2015, Hovi Star finishing in 14th in 2016 and Imri finishing in 23rd in 2017.