After being confirmed as Israel’s Eurovision 2023 representative After KAN’s announcement, Noa confirmed that her participation is a ‘maybe’ and has not yet been finalized. However, it is now been reported that KAN and Noa have reached an agreement and will confirm Noa’s participation in a press conference on August 10.
Finer details needed to be ironed out
As reported by N12 News, it was reported that she has set some demands and that she will only represent Israel in the contest if this has been met, Noa mentioned that she does want to represent Israel saying:
When my country calls me to represent it, my heart obviously says yes. My heart wants it, it’s a mission for everything and anything – but, there is a matter of conditions here.
However, Noa clarifies:
I won’t do it if it’s not the best conditions and artistic freedom To do it in the best way, that’s the most important thing to me.”
“If they don’t let me write the song and be a part of its creation, if they don’t let me decide what happens on stage and make it the biggest and most wow possible – I don’t know if I’ll do it,
Furthermore, Noa mentioned that there are advantages and disadvantages to taking part in the competition and that it’s a complex situation.
“There are two sides to this, there are advantages and disadvantages as in everything. On the one hand, it’s crazy exposure. Being on the Eurovision stage is a childhood dream and exposure to all of Europe, just by choosing me there was already a crazy noise in Europe. On the other hand, it’s a competition that’s also political. There is a chane I’ll fail.”
About Noa Kirel
Noa has been a big name in Israel’s music industries for a few years now. Her music career started by uploading an original song in 2015 on her YouTube channel. Following that she released several new songs. In 2016 she was titled the “Best Singer of the Year” award. But this award was just the beginning of her success. In the years 2017 and 2020 she won the MTV Europe Music Award. After having signed with an American company, in 2021 she made an international debut with her song “Please Don’t Suck”. Noa is also known for her work as an activist for gay rights, remembrance of the Holocaust, fight against COVID-19, and drawing attention to accidents of cyclists without helmets.
Israel’s Eurovision Journey
Israel has a long and wealthy history in the Eurovision Song Contest, making their debut in 1973 with Ilanit and “Ey Sham”. Their first entry scored 97 points, placing 4th. Israel has since gone on to win the Contest on four separate occasions – in 1978, 1979, 1998 and 2018.
Michael Ben David represented Israel in Turin during the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 with the song “I.M.”. At the close of voting, Israel finished in 13th place, scoring 61 points and therefore, not qualifying for the final.
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News Source: Euromix
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