A public pre-selection in Israel?

by Itamar Barak 59 views

According to the Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv, the Israeli song for the 2003 Eurovision Song Contest might be chosen by a televised pre-selection.

The selection of Lior Narkis as the Israeli entrant to Riga received praises but also a lot of criticism. The main complaints were about the method of selection which lead to the surprising selection of Narkis.

Now it seems that the Israeli broadcaster (IBA) is trying avoid any more criticism. The Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv reports today that Lior Narkis is negotiating with various potential composers. He will finally submit 4 songs to the IBA, which will hand the power of vote, sometime in January, to the same committee that chose Narkis in the first place. Another possibilty being considered these days is to hold a televised pre-selection of songs (a small Kdam-Eurovision contest), in which viewers will televote for the best song.

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