KAN has confirmed its participation in Eurovision 2020, with Israel opting to hold two selection shows for next years contest.
Israel will be holding two selection shows to determine their singer and song for Eurovision 2020. The Israeli representative at the Eurovision Song Contest will once again be selected using HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion. The show which is broadcast by Reshet has been used to select the Israeli representative since 2015.
KAN has now opted to organise a specific show to select the song that the Israeli representative at Eurovision will sing. The show will be broadcast by the Israeli public broadcaster. The creation of the show comes after criticism of the current internal selection process, that has been used since 2015 to select the Israeli song for Eurovision.
KAN and Reshet are expected to make a call for singers to compete in HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion in the next week, with dates of the selection to be revealed in due course.
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.