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Israel: Watch Noa Kirel’s first live performance of “Unicorn”!

What if Noa Kirel said that she is not going to perform “Unicorn” before Eurovision? A few hours ago she performed a little part of her song in a concert.

Noa was part of a concert for the Israeli Independence Day, wearing clothes in the colours of the flag of Israel, confusing many fans online, thinking that these are her clothes for Eurovision.

After an explosive show and the cheerings of her fans, Noa performed a small part of her song acapella! You can listen to it in the video below:

Noa Kirel with their song “Unicorn” hopes to bring her country back to the Grand Final and get a top 5 finish! As of now, Israel is placed 8th in the odds for winning the contest and third for qualifying to the final.

Israel is competing in number 9 of the running order of the First Semi-Final of Eurovision 2023, in May 9, 2023.

You can watch the reaction of the editors of Eurovisionfun, reacting and commenting on the Israeli entry for Eurovision 2023 below:

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Israel: Watch the teaser of “Unicorn” by Noa Kirel!

A few minutes ago, the Israeli public broadcaster, KAN, released a small teaser of “Unicorn” by Noa Kirel, through their official Twitter account.

You can watch the teaser below:

Noa Kirel also posted a bigger teaser video on her personal TikTok account:

@noakirel Are you ready ? #unicorn 🦄 I’m waiting for your dances !!! #eurovision2023 #אירוויזון2023 ♬ Unicorn – Noa Kirel

The song “Unicorn” was written by Noa Kirel herself and Doron Medley, the producer of song “Toy” that brought to Israel the third and most recent victory in Eurovision, in 2018 in Lisbon. The composition team also includes May Sepadia and the the very famous DJ Yinon Yahel Emonim.

The song talks about the women empowerment and most of the lyrics are written in English with a few words in Hebrew as well.

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Israeli participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, in Liverpool!

Israel: Noa Kirel reveals more details on her Eurovision 2023 song!

Despite the rumours about Israel’s withdrawal from Eurovision 2023, Noa Kirel doesn’t flinch and feverishly continues the preparations on her performance on the stage of Liverpool, in May! Just some time ago, she announced that the final decision for Eurovision 2023, will be made between two songs. Noa went on and made some revelations regarding the selection process, earlier today.

Noa Kirel was invited in the TV show “Friday morning with Galit and Yoav”, and went on to make two important announcements:

  1. She has already selected the song with which she is going to compete in Eurovision 2023
  2. SHe is going to release a small teaser alongside the title of her song, while the track will be released in full at a later time

In a TV show in Channel 12, she confirmed that she has recorded two songs:

“The first song is about love, while the second is about empowerment. Both songs are in English with sone phrases in Hebrew, but both songs have some Mediterranean influence.”

We remind you that Israel had already confirmed its taking part in Eurovision 2023 back in March 2022 and has selcted Noa Kirel internally as their representative.

Until we listen to Israel’s song for Eurovision 2023, lets remember their song for last year’s contest. Michael Ben David was the representative of Israel with the song “I.M.”. In the end, he didn’t manage to qualify for the Grand Final ending up in 13th place of the Second Semi-final:

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Israeli participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, in Liverpool!

Source: euromix.co.il

Israel: Is Noa Kirel’s participation in Eurovision 2023 in danger? | The message of EBU’s General Director to the country’s prim minister!

In a previous article we informed you about Israel’s possible abscence in Eurovision 2023, as the country’s government thinks about shutting down the public broadcaster and specifically its news department.

If this ends up happening, then the channel will not no longer meet its commitment to a full range of programming as public service media, putting in doubt its eligibility for EBU membership and ability to take part in major events such as the Eurovision Song Contest.

The EBU’s Director General, Noel Curran, has expressed his concern about threats to the integrity and independence of Israeli national public broadcaster, KAN, in a letter to the country’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu:

“Independent news and information form an integral component of public service media organizations and make a key contribution to media pluralism in well-functioning democracies…. With the primary interest of the public in mind, that directly funds KAN, we trust the new government will also safeguard the independence of KAN and enable it to continue to fulfil its mission in democratic society.”

General Director Curran, finished his letter by saying:

“The EBU’s responsibility is to ensure that it supports all our Members in their mission to serve the interests of the general public in the best possible manner. These developments risk undermining KAN’s capability to meet its commitments as a member of our international alliance of public service media organizations.”

Causing particular concern were recent remarks by the country’s Communications Minister, Shlomo Karhi, that challenged the freedom of the press and threatened to shut down KAN’s news operation. In a radio interview, he stated that:

“The public shouldn’t fund one particular channel, there should not be public broadcasting.”

Since its creation in 2017, KAN’s television, radio and online offer has included a diverse range of news and information, entertainment, cultural and educational content. Its membership of the EBU also enables the broadcaster to benefit from world-class sports rights, including the 2022 World Cup, and live entertainment, notably the Eurovision Song Contest that was organized by KAN in 2019, following Israel’s win the previous year.

Back in 2017, the then Israeli government had issued statements showing intent to dismantle KAN’s news operation. These were finally abandoned when the EBU insisted on this being a condition of the Israeli broadcaster’s hosting of the 2019 Song Contest.

In the end, we would like to remind you that Israel had already confirmed its taking part in Eurovision 2023 back in March 2022 and has selcted Noa Kirel internally as their representative. Will the young singer be able to perform on Liverpool’s stage?

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Israeli participation at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, in Liverpool!

Source: ebu.ch

Israel: Out of Eurovision 2023?

Even though Middle Eastern country has already chosen a representative since August 10, Noa Kirel, it seems that this year the country is also flirting with the possibility of withdrawing from the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, in Liverpool of the United Kingdom.

Specifically, according to a report by the Kanal 12 station, the Likud party that won the recent elections in Israel led by Benjamin Netanyahu is considering closing the KAN station, specifically its news department.

From its side, the Likud party commented:

“The issue did not come up in the discussions.”

However, this is not the first time that something like this is discussed, with Benjamin Netanyahu himself already expressing his desire to close the KAN station in 2017.

Should the closing procedures of the state-owned station proceed, Israel will not be able to participate in the upcoming Eurovision 2023 contest.

Just like last year, the possibility of the country withdrawing from the music competition is floating. What do you think will happen? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Stay tuned on Eurovision Fun for all the developments around the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest!

Israel: A Songwriting Camp will take place to create Noa Kirel’s song!

According to the Israeli Eurovision news website Euromix, the song with which Noa Kirel will represent Israel at Eurovision 2023 is set to be created at a Songwriting Camp.

For the first time, Israel is expected to organize a “Songwriting Camp”, a format previously used by countries such as Sweden, Norway and Bulgaria, where composers and songwriters will have the opportunity to work together to create possible entries for the Israeli participation.

The organization of the “camp” seems to have been undertaken by the managers of Noa Kirel, who have already invited songwriters who have collaborated with Noa in the past. Among the names rumored to take part are Doron Medalie (Israel 2015, 2016, 2018), Ron Beaton, Jordi, Nitzan Kaykov, Itay Shimoni and Eitan Peled, while Noa Kirel herself is set to be actively involved in the creative process.

Noa Kirel was selected by a ten-member panel of experts that included professionals from the fields of culture, music and television. The committee members considered 78 male and female singers, assessing their experience in performing live in front of a big audience, as well as their popularity in the domestic music market.

In Eurovision 2022, Michael Ben David represented Israel and did not advance to the Grand Final, taking the 13th place in the 2nd Semi Final with 61 points.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgXjPUsjx4Y

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun for all news regarding Israel’s participation in Eurovision 2023!

Source : Euromix, Eurovoix

Israel: “Politics is involved in Eurovision and everything does not depend on me”!

In the press conference held by Israel’s public television KAN and in which Noa Kirel‘s representation of the country at Eurovision 2023 was formalized, the popular artist referred to the risk she takes by accepting the offer to participate in the contest, since as she pointed out everything does not depend on herself, as politics is actively involved in Eurovision! But why did she say yes to Eurovision despite the possibility of failure?

A woman on a mission

“I am very excited and I feel like we are starting a mission. I was suddenly informed some time ago that I will represent Israel at Eurovision”, the singer initially said at the press conference she gave at the Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv.

It started with a shock, it hasn’t stopped since. They stop me on the street, at concerts and tell me about it! Lately I’ve also learned about the risks, and that it’s not all about art and live performance there. I’m already imagining myself on the crazy Eurovision stage. With a decision from the heart, I put everything aside and go with complete faith. I always felt proud to represent my country, even today I feel very honored. I want to thank the committee that chose me, it was not a given. I’m already starting work today and as you know I’m working hard. So wish me luck.

Accepting KAN’s proposal

Tal Freifeld, executive of KAN, emphasized the changes in the way of selecting this year’s participation of Israel, while emphasizing on the fact that Noa Kirel is the No. 1 in the country.

This year we decided to change the rules of the game and instead of choosing a representative from this or that reality show, we simply chose the number 1 artist to represent us at Eurovision. We waited for Noa to decide and it took her some time, but we promised full cooperation with her team. Noa will put on a great performance and we will give her all the tools to represent the country with honor.

Noa then commented on the time it took her to make up her mind:

I needed time to myself. It’s a crazy show and on a huge stage. I got backlash from people each giving their opinion on whether I should go or not. There were people who said I would win and there were those who said I would be upset if I didn’t do well. In the end I decided what my heart said. Of course there are worries, I’m human and I get scared sometimes. It is an honorable place and on an honorable stage. Politics is involved and things are not up to me, I might fail naturally. But I’ve always taken risks, they usually work out, it’s part of the career and who I am today. I wanted to represent my country and take that risk.

 

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Who is Noa Kirel?

Her birth-name was Noya, but after she was diagnosed with a severe kidney disease when she was three months old, a rabbi suggested her parents to change her name to Noa, so she could heal and walk. The rabbi also predicted that she would become a dancer.

In March 2020, she enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and served in a military band. In February 2022, Kirel completed her service in the IDF.

She is Israel’s biggest pop star of recent years, dominating the country’s charts since the release of her #1 hit ‘Killer’ when she was just 14 years old. He was a judge on the X Factor for years, while she stars in dozens of commercials, series and movies, making her one of the most popular celebrities in the country. Noa belongs to Atlantic Records and has released 41 singles.

Listen to her biggest hit below:

Source:Ynet

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Israel: Noa has confirmed her participation in Eurovision 2023!

It might have taken about a month, but now it’s official! Noa Kirel will represent Israel at Eurovision 2023, as it was officially announced hours ago in a press conference held in Tel Aviv.

Noa Kirel scores for Israel

The superstar of Israel’s pop music scene noted that her fans were one of the main reasons she accepted the offer by the country’s Public Broadcaster to participate in Eurovision 2023.

I think I said everything I had to say about my excitement, the weight on my shoulders and the pride I feel. Thank you for all the love you have given me, the immense support you have provided me with, since I was selected, as well as for the privilege of representing my country (in ESC).

The Israeli Eurovision Committee, consisting of ten experts from KAN radio and Galats, chose Kirel from among 78 renowned artists and gave her the right to be the first one to either refuse or accept said offer. Kirel accepted the offer, after protracted discussions over the past few weeks.

On Monday, Noa revealed in an  interview with  Bequest 12 that she has made specific demands regarding her participation, including being involved in writing and choosing the song, as well as in the direction of the performance at Eurovision stage in May.

 

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Who is Noa Kirel?

Her birth-name was  Noya, but after she was diagnosed with a severe kidney disease when she was three months old, a rabbi suggested her parents to change her name to  Noa, so she could heal and walk. The rabbi also predicted that she would become a dancer. 

In March 2020, she enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and served in a military band. In February 2022, Kirel completed her service in the IDF.

She is Israel’s biggest pop star of recent years, dominating the country’s charts since the release of her #1 hit ‘Killer’ when she was just 14 years old. He was a judge on the X Factor for years, while she stars in dozens of commercials, series and movies, making her one of the most popular celebrities in the country. Noa belongs to Atlantic Records and has released 41 singles.

Listen to her biggest hit below:

Stay tuned on Eurovisionfun for all the developments!

Israel: Kirel in discussions with the composer of “Toy”!

Although Noa Kirel has yet to make her final decision on whether to take part in Eurovision 2023, her team appears to be in discussions with composer Doron Medalie.

KAN’s announcement and Kirel’s new statements

As we have informed you in our previous article , KAN had officially announced that the superstar Noa Kirel will represent the country in Eurovision 2023. However, a few hours later the potential representative of Israel made it clear that the decision is not yet final.

In a recent interview with the Israeli newspaper Maariv, Kirel stated that she needs more time to think about a potential Eurovision entry. It is, according to the singer, a Competition which “relies on politics, but at the same time it offers great exposure [to the artist]”. However, she later added that “fear has never stopped [her] from trying new things and life is all about taking risks” .

Kirel in talks with Doron Medalie?

According to Eran Suissa, a journalist for the newspaper Israel Hayom, Kirel’s team has contacted the composer of the song that gave Israel its victory back in 2018, Doron Medalie. It is not clear whether the latter was asked to take on the composition/production of the potential Eurovision song or to have an active role in its selection.

Kirel has already collaborated with Medalie, with the latter having a total of three entries in the Contest on behalf of Israel (“Golden Boy”, “Made of Stars”, “Toy”).

What is certain is that Medalie desires structural changes in the team surrounding Israel’s entries in the Contest, and wants resources to be invested towards different directions. Specifically, he stated that:

“We have to dedicate huge resources to Noa, and to have a professional team made up of the best talents and professionals we have […] To produce such a system will require a real revolution in the attitude [KAN has towards the Competition]. We create the illusion that [the end result] is so simple, but the truth is that it is the most complex undertaking.”

In relation to the financing of a possible Kirel’s participation, the Israeli website EuroMix reports that there are tensions over who could absorb the costs. This is due to the fact that until now the costs were covered entirely by KAN, thanks to the profits generated through advertising during the various talent shows. With the internal selection, however, this source of income is no longer available.

What do you think? Will Kirel join forces with Medalie for Eurovision 2023?

Israel: Noa Kirel says her participation is a “maybe”!

Israel’s Public Corporation KAN announced yesterday that local superstar Noa Kirel will represent Israel in Eurovision 2023, after an internal selection. However, things seem to be not as announced.

In an interview with 103 FM’s Raz Shechnik, the Israeli representative answer that “a decision will be made later on”. She added:

“You’re right, I’m still taking the whole thing in. First of all, it’s a great honor that they chose me. It’s really exciting, and as a kid I always watched [the contest]. So there’s something very grand about it, a lot of responsibility on my shoulders. I’m not taking this whole thing in yet. I’m taking a few days off to understand […] This just happened and we’re still in the middle of this whole thing. My team and I will take some time to figure it all out. Together, we will make a decision, slowly”.

While KAN was the first public broadcaster to announce its representative, it appears that Noa has not yet responded to the offer regardless the positive reaction locally and online.

 

Do you think Noa will represent Israel in the contest? Tell us in the comments!

Source: Raz Shechnik