It’s the Middle Eastern country that has qualified for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest every year since 2015 by using a renewed national final named The Next Star for Eurovision.
And today Israel finally confirmed that it will compete at Eurovision 2018 in a news report published by the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.
It’s welcome news. After the Israeli spokesperson’s dramatic farewell in the Grand Final of Eurovision 2017 in May, many thought the game was up. After all, the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) had shut down in May.
But Yedioth Ahronoth revealed that the EBU and IPBC (KAN) signed a memorandum of understanding two months ago. It will grant the new Israeli broadcaster temporary membership in the EBU, thus allowing it to take part in Eurovision 2018 as the new broadcaster sorts itself out and gets firmly established.
The formal process of accepting the broadcaster permanently as an EBU member is expected to end in December, as the new broadcaster doesn’t yet have an independent news department. The issue will also be ruled on by the Israeli High Court of Justice in the upcoming months. Sources in the EBU have stated that they will allow the broadcaster to take part at Eurovision 2018 no matter what the court rules in that matter.
The Next Star for Eurovision 2018
Israel will once again choose its Eurovision 2018 contestant through the TV show The Next Star for Eurovision.
The show will launch by the end of October with a much longer season than we had in 2017. Producers will deliver 20 weekly episodes. There will be no changes regarding the judges, as Harel Skaat, Keren Peles, Assaf Amdursky and the duo Static & Ben El Tavori will all return to the hot seat.
The hosts of the show, Assi Azar and Rotem Sela have already visited and filmed in the MEO Arena in Lisbon, where the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will take place this May.
So far the Israeli media have only mentioned one known singer that will audition for the show — Chen Aharoni, who took part in a similar show called Kokhav Nolad (A Star Is Born) during 2007 (he also took part in Kdam Eurovision 2011 and in the UK X Factor in 2013). More details are coming soon…
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