Will she or won’t she? That’s the question on the lips of Eurovision fans around the world as superstar Noa Kirel debates whether to accept the offer to sing for Israel at Eurovision 2023.
On Wednesday the “Killer” hitmaker spoke with Israel’s Maariv newspaper, repeatedly saying that she needs more time to “brainstorm” a potential Eurovision run.
“It’s a competition that relies on politics, but on the other hand it is also a big stage and that offers a lot exposure,” she said. “Fear has never stopped me from trying things and life is about taking risks and getting up.”
“Is this the thing that will expose me to the world? Or could it be the other way around? That’s why I need to brainstorm and understand how I approach this.”
Commenters on the Maariv web site were quick to point out that Eurovision 2018 winner Netta managed to win with a good song, despite any politics that surround the contest.
Meanwhile, the songwriter who helped get Netta to the top is reportedly in talks to join Israel’s Eurovision delegation.
Eran Suissa, the entertainment correspondent for Israel Hayom, reports that “Toy” songwriter Doron Medalie was contacted by Noa Kirel’s team about the matter, which suggests to us that she is taking the offer very seriously and looking to surround herself with people who understand the game.
Medalie previously worked as Noa’s artistic director, giving her hits like “If You Are a Man” and “Tikitas.” He also turned Israel’s fortunes around at Eurovision with songs like “Golden Boy” and “Made of Stars.” It’s reasonable to assume, then, that his role on the delegation would involve writing the song or at least having major input into its selection.
But he told Eran at Israel Hayom that he wants to see some big changes within Israel’s Eurovision team and that such changes will be essential for Kirel to climb the scoreboard. He suggested strongly that there are messy scenes behind the curtain at broadcaster KAN.
“We need to devote enormous resources to Noa and a professional team made up of the best talents and professionals we have,” he said. “To produce such a system will require a real revolution in attitude. We create the illusion that it is so simple but the truth is that it is the most complex undertaking.”
Israeli Eurovision site EuroMix reports that there are tensions about how to fund Noa’s potential participation in Eurovision — and who exactly would absorb the costs.
As they explain, the country’s broadcaster was able to finance most of the costs in previous years because of profits earned through advertising during its various national selection shows. But with an internal selection for Eurovision 2023, that source of revenue isn’t available, leading to suggestions that the artist may have to foot the bill.
It’s only July but the popcorn is already popping. Stay tuned…
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