KAN has this evening confirmed its participation in Eurovision 2022 alongside a decision not to organise its own selection for the competition.
The Israeli public broadcaster has confirmed its plans to compete in Eurovision 2022, announcing that it will be partnering with an external body to select their representative. The board of the Israeli broadcaster has opted to revert to co-operating with an external body for Eurovision as seen with Keshet and HaKokhav HaBa.
KAN had previously decided to end its co-operation with Keshet following the 2020 contest and instead opted to organise its own selection process to determine Eden Alene’s entry for the 2021 contest. EuroMix reports that out of the current TV formats in Israel, HaKokhav HaBa or the X Factor are potential partners for Eurovision.
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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.