Israel will participate in next year’s edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in the Netherlands.
This year’s host country Israel have confirmed participation in the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. It has been reported by Israeli media that the country will once again use HaKokhav HaBa to select their artist, but will also use a different show to select their song. The show will feature three to five songs which will be voted on by the public.
Israel is among 20 other countries who have confirmed participation to date, including returning country Ukraine, who withdrew from the 2019 contest.
Representing Israel this year was Kobi Marimi, who sang “Home” in his home city of Tel Aviv. He placed 23rd in the Grand Final. The result matches that of Imri Ziv who represented Israel in 2017.
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 third 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 Israel has seen its fortunes turned around. In 2018 Netta won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Toy”, the song has gone on to be the most viewed Eurovision entry of all time on YouTube.