The six member jury that will determine the songs competing in HaShir HaBa L’Eurovizion 2020 have been announced.
EuroMix has reported the names of the five jury members that will determine the songs competing in HaShir HaBa L’Eurovizion 2020. The jury is formed of four representatives of the Israeli national broadcaster KAN, and two from Teddy Productions who produce HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion. The jury members are:
- Tal Argman – KAN
- Yuval Ganor – KAN
- Smadar Shaffer – KAN
- Roy Dalmadigo – KAN
- Tamaira Jordan – Teddy Productions
- Yoav Tsafir – Teddy Productions
Yuval, Roya, Tamira and Yoav previously determined the Israeli entries for the Eurovision Song Contest in both 2018 and 2019.
Eden Alene will be representing Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. The singer won HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion by a margin of 96 points ahead of runner up Ella-Lee Lahav.
HaShir HaBa L’Eurovizion 2020 will take place on March 3. This will be the first time since 2016 that the Israeli public will be able to select their entry for the contest. The creation of the show comes after criticism of the current internal selection process.
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.