Israel's Izabo get ready to perform in Eurovision semi-final
Band will perform their song "Time" in Hebrew and English; betting sites predict a victory for Sweden.
Israeli band Izabo will perform on Tuesday night at the Eurovision semi-final with their song "Time," which it will sing in both Hebrew and English. The contest is being held in Baku, Azerbaijan, and a second semi-final will be held on Thursday. If Izabo makes the top ten, it will advance to the finals.
Each semi-final will see ten countries advance to the finals, which will be held in Baku's Crystal Hall. The five countries financing the event – Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Azerbaijan - will also compete in the final stage. Altogether, 42 countries are contending for 26 places in the finals.
International betting sites have Sweden down as the strongest contender with the song "Euphoria," which has already become a worldwide hit. Other favorites include Italy, Russia and Serbia.
Voting by text messaging has already begun, and has also given Sweden the lead with 378 votes, followed by Spain's "Qu date conmigo?" with 219 points. Contrary to the predictions on betting sites, Izabo has been placed in third place with 169 points.
For lead singer Ran Shem-Tov, the contest is also an opportunity to see his grandfather's hometown. In an interview to the local press, Shem-Tov said that the local Azerbaijani cuisine has been his favorite experience so far, reminding him of the food he used to eat as a child.