It took a month to make it official, but Noa Kirel has finally confirmed that she will represent Israel at Eurovision 2023.
Speaking at a press conference in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, the “Thought About It” hitmaker was full of praise for her fans, who have been pushing her to accept the offer.
“I think I said everything I had to say about my excitement, the weight on my shoulders and the pride I feel.”
“Thank you for all the love you are spreading, for the huge support you gave me from the moment I was chosen and for the privilege to represent my country.”
Noa is taking nothing for granted. She understands she must find the right song for the moment and bring exceptional staging.
“The fact that I succeed here in Israel doesn’t mean that I arrive and automatically win. It doesn’t work like that.”
The song selection process has not yet been determined. Regardless of how that shapes up, we know Noa will deliver some tunes to remember. Her track record shows she knows how to select a song and has several accomplished producers and songwriters at her disposal.
Noa, Israel’s biggest pop star of recent times, has dominated the charts in the country since the release of her #1 hit “Killer” when she was just 14 years old. After years of judging on X Factor, Kirel will take centre stage and represent Israel at Eurovision 2023.
Noa has released 41 singles, mostly in the hip-hop and electro-pop genre. Her influences range from K-pop to EDM. She had won two MTV Europe Awards by the time she was 19. She is currently storming the Israeli charts with her comedic dance-pop track “Shlosha Banot” (a corruption of Shalosh Banot, meaning three girls).
The Israeli Eurovision committee, comprised of ten experts from KAN and Galats radio, chose Kirel from among 78 established artists, and gave her the right of first refusal. She accepted the invitation following prolonged discussions in recent weeks.
On Monday Noa revealed in a Bequest 12 interview that she’s made specific demands regarding her participation that include being involved in the writing and choosing of the song and directing the eventual stage show.