Israel Liable Not to Participate in Upcoming Eurovision Song Contest

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Israel's Izabo performing during the 1st semifinal 2012 Eurovision Song Contest at the Baku Crystal Hall in Baku, Tuesday, May 22, 2012.Credit: AP

Israel is liable to miss the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest because of the high cost of funding a delegation.

The Israel Broadcasting Authority is in the process of being dismantled, to be replaced by a new public broadcasting company, and it will be hard pressed to be able to afford participating in the contest. Yona Wisenthal, the IBA's interim director, has until October 10 – the European Broadcasting Union's deadline – to make a final decision.

Israel has a long tradition of participating in the contest, including the pre-Eurovision competition, even after the competition's appeal lost its sheen. It continued to attract a loyal following. If Israel participates, the editors of 88fm, a classic rock radio station, would get to choose the song to represent Israel.

The Israel Broadcasting Authority commented that it has yet to take a final decision on the matter.

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