The Israeli public broadcaster KAN has revealed its Eurovision programming plans for the week of the cancelled 2020 contest.
KAN is the latest broadcaster to announce that it will be allowing the public to select their winner of the Eurovision Song Contest. ‘Eurovision 2020 – Eurovision 2020 – The actual results’ will be broadcast on the radio channel Kan Tarbut. Voting is open now on the KAN website, with the top twenty songs going through to the live broadcast on May 13.
The broadcaster will also be airing a three part documentary covering the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. We Dared to Dream will be broadcast on May 11, 12 and 16 and will bring viewers closer to the contest and behind the scenes in Tel Aviv, last years host city.
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.