The country's candidate for this year, Kobi Marimi, faces a daunting mission to repeat Netta Barzilai's success, but history is against him
The Eurovision Song Contest is the longest-running annual international TV contest of all time. Since the inauguration in 1956, the contest has been broadcast every year.
There are over 40 countries eligible to compete, some, like Israel, are not part of the European Union. Each partaking country submits one original song to be performed on live television, and then votes for the other countries' songs to determine the countries winning entry. The winner of Eurovision is determined through two semi-finals.
Traditionally, six countries are automatically pre-qualified for the Grand Final; this is the "Big Five"- France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, along with the hosting country of each year. The remaining countries take part in one of the two semi-finals, and from each semi-final, the best ten will proceed to the grand finale, making a total of 26 participants in each grand finale. Then the winner is voted in by the public.
Marimi wins finals of 'The Next Star,' overcoming controversial vocalist Shefita; he will grace the stages of the song contest Israel is slated to host in May
Israel thought the song contest would be a great opportunity to showcase itself, but a fierce debate over cultural appropriation threatens to go global if the singer Shefita triumphs in Tuesday's local final
Tel Aviv hopes this year’s Eurovision will put it on the map as a potential venue for major events – but first it needs to house and entertain up to 20,000 revelers
The settlement comes after Universal Music Group said the Israeli’s hit song was too similar to the White Stripes' ‘Seven Nation Army’
'The tragedy is that Jews learned nothing from the Holocaust,' Iceland's former Eurovision representative says
In strongly worded letter, contest supervisor warns of 'unimaginable consequences' toTel Aviv event should Israel not take responsibility for security budget
Hotel rates in Tel Aviv are running as high as $6,370 for the week of the song contest in May
The Eurovision winner’s new song ‘Bassa Sababa’ could become an international hit. It mixes languages and melodies from various continents, the genre that ousted American pop from the top of the charts
The funky and futuristic music video stars a pink rhinoceros and cost almost a million shekels to produce
With their comedy-thriller miniseries 'Douze Points,' Asaf Zelicovitch and Yoav Hebel are racing the clock before the song contest takes place in Tel Aviv in real life
The largest-ever poll on the popularity of the BDS campaign in Britain won't make the movement leaders happy
19-year-old Bilal Hassani boasts an androgynous appearance, a keen queer social awareness, a dazzling array of wigs. He has some choice words for critics who say he's 'denigrating his Muslim heritage'
Signatories to letter say venue must change because of 'Israel's systematic violation of Palestinian human rights'; BBC rejects call
Television hosts Erez Tal, Assi Azar, and Lucy Ayoub will also host, while Madonna is reportedly in talks to perform
Security guards removed the protestors within seconds at the pre-Eurovision contest. Eurovision organizers worry of the challenges the Israel boycott movement will pose at next year’s contest, to be held in Israel
Campsite will be set up in the Yarkon Park, close to the EXPO Tel Aviv, where the pan-European music competition is to take place. The event is expected to attract over 10,000 international visitors
Total cost of producing the international song contest is 110m shekels, says Kan corporation; CEO worried about being able to repay the funds
Eurovision Chief Defends Next Year's Contest in Israel: 'We Don’t Want to Be Used Politically in Any Way'
Jon Ola Sand, the man who essentially runs the contest, predicts in a visit to Israel that BDS activists won’t flood the country next May – but warns that the city's reputation will suffer if there's not enough lodging for foreign fans
Announcement comes after broadcaster met with Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which is calling for a boycott of the event
North London band explains to The Independent why they signed a letter boycotting the event together with Roger Waters and Brian Eno
The song contest will attract 20,000 tourists, but will require $7 million in investment, a bigger performance arena and special Shabbat work permits for hotels
The British musician signed a letter urging a boycott of next year's Eurovision in Israel
BDS, public transportation problems and security issues are sure to keep the municipality and Shin Bet security service busy
Broadcasting union chiefs present Netanyahu with conditions for song contest to be held in Israel ■ Ultra-Orthodox lawmaker urged culture minister, communications minister and tourism minister to respect Sabbath laws if holding the contest in Jerusalem
Politicians in the government seem to live under the illusion that non-democratic measures such as the nation-state law would go unnoticed abroad
Broadcasting union chiefs present Netanyahu with conditions for song contest to be held in Israel ■ Public security minister urges rejection of demands
Israeli singer Netta Barzilai's hit Eurovision tune surpassed songs by artists such as Christina Aguilera and David Gueta and is the first Israeli song to appear in the popular chart
Public broadcaster to secure a bank loan to cover deposit, production costs
The Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation will take out a $13.5-million loan to help cover the cost of hosting the event