Israel 2020: Lucy Ayoub - Eurovision 2019 and The Next Song 2020 host
Israeli host Lucy Ayoub (Photo: Ido Izsak - KAN / EBU)

Israel 2020: 4 songs will compete in song selection show

On 27 February the Israeli broadcaster will reveal the four songs that will compete on the 3 March song selection show

The Israeli broadcaster KAN announced that the Israeli song for Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam will be selected on 3 March 2020, using a special song selection show, to be named "The Next Song for Eurovision". The song selection show will broadcasted on the public "KAN 11" channel and it's social media platforms (20:00 CET), hosted by Eurovision 2019 host Lucy Ayoub and a second host, to be announced later. The Israeli artist for Rotterdam 2020 will be selected separately on 4 February, using "The Next Star" show, aired by privately-owned "Keshet 12" channel.

Israeli songwriters can submit their songs to KAN until 11 February and KAN will internally select the 4 best songs to be revealed online on 27 February. On 3 March, KAN will air the song selection show "The Next Song for Eurovision" – where the winner of "The Next Star" will perform the 4 songs KAN selected, so the public and the judges can decide which out of the 4 songs is the best one for Eurovision 2020.

As part of the song selection show, the public will have 30% of the votes for the winner song, a panel of judges will have 65% of the votes and 5% will be in the hands of 3 special judging points (guest judges during the show). The winner song will submitted to the EBU as the Israeli song for Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam on March 9, on the Head of Delegations meeting.

  • 4 February: Artist selection ("HaKokhav HaBa L'Eurovizion")
  • 27 February: 4 songs released
  • 3 March: Song selection show ("HaShir HaBa L'Eurovizion")

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About the author: Sagi Klein (Israel)

authorSagi Klein is our correspondent from Israel. Sagi sees Eurovision as a unique platform that brings people together and bridging differences between them, through the amazing power of music.

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