Israel: IBA Vow to Return in 2013Written by Marc Calleja Bayliss
Israel have always managed to make their name known in the Eurovision Song Contest starting with their debut participation when their entry entitled Ey Sham performed by Ilanit and conducted by Nurit Hirsh who just happens to be the second female conductor ever at the international showcase. The song would ultimately be a strong debut by finishing in fourth place after a dramatic, beautiful performance. The nation would continue their stroke of good luck throughout the next couple of years gaining their premier victory just a couple of years into the competition in 1978 with A-Ba-Na-Bi before managing a second victory the following year with Halleluljah.They would ultimately record a third victory in 1998 with Diva but nevertheless, their recent results have been nothing to write home about.
They have gone for internal selection of the artist in most of the recent years actually noting the selection of Mira and Noa, Teapacks, Boaz Ma'uda and Harel Skaat amongst others. Most of the performances ended up bringing about mid-table results but then again, they have not really set the scoreboard on fire with their last top ten placing coming in 2008 with The Fire In Your Eyes. This year, the nation were represented by the track Time performed by Izabo. Unfortunately, the group failed to make an impact and finished in thirteenth place meaning that Israel did not qualify for the second year in a row. It seems that the Israeli broadcaster, IBA is hopeful of turning the tide though noting that they have promised the artists who would be submitting interest a fair selection. There has been thought of sabotage towards the extremely popular Maya Buskila who has been wanted to represent the country for quite some time. She has been very close to garnering the spot and this year only failed by just a point in front of an internal jury as chosen by the broadcaster.
Despite the apparent failure in Baku, Azerbaijan it seems that things will definitely be taking a turn for the better with IBA monitoring things very closely wanting to put Israel back into the final. They have spoken about the fact that the selection will be held earlier this time round in order to support the artist in the best possible way therefore confirming that they will be heading to Sweden in order to retrieve not only their respectful dignity but to give the people something to cheer about. The Eurovision Song Contest is very popular in Israel and therefore, it will be quite interesting on how things evolve for next year. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news as we unravel the news in the lead up to the next competition taking place in Sweden.
Source: Mako, Eurovision.tv