KAN will hold ‘The Next Song For the Eurovision Song Contest’ to select Israel’s song for Eurovision 2020 on March 3.
Israeli media reports that the the nation will select its entry for the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest on March 3. The Next Song For the Eurovision Song Contest will be organised by KAN, with a total of four songs being performed by the Israeli representative.
The song that will represent Israel in Rotterdam will be chosen by a combination of public voting and jury voting. The public will have a 30% say in the results, the jury on the show will have a 5% say, and a professional committee will have a 65% say.
A call for songs to compete in the selection is underway, with ACUM registers songwriters able to submit songs until February 11. The selection is set to be hosted by Lucy Ayoub who was one of the Green Room Host’s for Eurovision 2019.
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.