The selection committee at IPBC is meeting to select the songs that will be competing in the Israeli selection for Eurovision 2021.
Euromix reports that the selection committee is meeting today and tomorrow to determine the songs that will be competing in the Israeli selection for Eurovision 2021.
A five member committee is reviewing the 220 songs that have been submitted to KAN to select up to 16 songs to compete in the nations selection.
The committee members are:
- Ofri Gopher – Director Music Stations of KAN
- Roi Dalmadigo – Editor at KAN Gimel
- Tal Argaman – DJ and Music Editor at KAN 88
- Alona Kedem – Editor of KAN 88 and KAN Gimel
- Tali Katz – Head of Delegation for Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest
- Michael Weisberg – CEO of Aroma Music, the label that Eden Alene is signed too
Up to 16 songs will be presented to the public all of which are being performed by their songwriters. The public will be invited to vote for their favourites with 8 going through to the televised stages of the selection.
The eight songs in the selection will be split into two semi-finals featuring four songs each. The songs in the semi-finals will be performed by other artists, with the four songs making the final performed by Eden Alene.
Image Source: Times of Israel / Source: Euromix
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.