The song by indie-rock band Izabo that has been chosen to represent Israel in May's Eurovision Song Contest was leaked on the Internet Monday.
The song, "Time," is featured on the band's next album, which is due to be released shortly. It was meant to be heard for the first time at a festive event on March 3.
The song was posted on YouTube Monday afternoon by someone calling himself "fansizabo." The individual apparently opened a YouTube account Monday just to upload the song.
"We have no idea how and why the song leaked," the band said in a statement. "As far as we're concerned it's a mock-up of the song that was submitted to the Israel Broadcasting Authority committee [which chose the Eurovision song] and so we're upset that it got out."
The IBA said Monday that "the song that was leaked to the media was a preliminary version and is not the final version of the song that will represent Israel at the Eurovision. The final version will be unveiled as planned."
The IBA said there was no danger that the song or the band would be disqualified for issuing the song too early, in violation of contest rules.
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