Having been present in five consecutive finals with one win to boot, Israel‘s selection system for Eurovision has proven fairly successful. Under this system the Middle Eastern nation has chosen their artist through The Next Star for Eurovision and then chosen the entry internally. But now that is changing.
The artist selection remains the same. But the selection of the song will no longer be behind-closed-doors. According to Ynet, KAN will introduce a new song selection method with a format similar to that of Kdam Eurovision. KAN has named the contest The Next Song for Eurovision, to compliment the artist selection show The Next Star for Eurovision.
Israel’s selection: The Next Song for Eurovision 2020
Members of the Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers in Israel may send their songs to KAN until February 11. A KAN-organised committee will then select four songs to participate in the final. These songs will be revealed in late February, ahead of the March 3 final.
ESC 2019 host Lucy Ayoub will host The Next Song for Eurovision 2020 final alongside an unannounced co-host. The winner of The Next Star for Eurovision will be the sole participating artist. The artist will perform all four songs live, then the voting lines will open. The format of the voting will be 30% televote, 65% jury and 5% on-show judging panel. This will mark the first time since 2016 that the Israeli public will have a say in the song’s selection.
The date of Israel’s Eurovision song final: 3 March 2020
The national final will take place on Tuesday, 3 March. This choice of date is rather controversial because Israel’s legislative elections will take place the day before. Since Israeli election results come the following day, viewers would have to alternate between the election of their Prime Minister and their Eurovision representative. Choices!
While early March is relatively late in the Eurovision season, for Israel this is very early. The last time Israel selected their entry on 2 March or earlier was back in 2012.
Do you think this is the right selection method for Israel? Will their continue their qualification streak? Sound off in the comments!