Lucy Ayoub has been announced as the new Israeli spokesperson, following the closure of IBA last year and the launch of IPBC.
Lucy Ayoub will be the new Israeli spokesperson taking over from Ofer Nachshon who had been a staple of the Eurovision Song Contest for the past decade. Lucy who is a presenter at the Israeli national broadcaster will be revealing the results of the jury vote from Israel this May.
Ofer Nachshon had been the Israeli spokesperson between 2009 and 2017 bringing his own style to the role. Every year Ofer would greet the hosts of the contest with a sentence in the nation’s language, often receiving large applause and support from the audience in the arena.
In 2017 gave an emotional final message to viewers across the globe, as the Eurovision Song Contest final marked the final broadcast by the Israeli Broadcasting Authority. You can watch Ofer’s message below;
Netta Barzilai will represent Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal in May. Netta was selected after she won The Next Star for Eurovision. Her song “Toy” was then selected for her at a later date.
Source: Israel Hayom
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.