IBA's Eurovision committee will only be convened in a few days time, but as Israeli news portal NRG.co.il reports tonight, the jury's members have already picked their candidate: Har'el Ska'at.
Har'el Ska'at was the runner up in Israel's second season of Pop Idol, in 2004. Since then, the singer has scored several hits, been titled 'Singer of the year' in Israel and sold record number of albums across the country. IBA already proposed Ska'at to represent the country in previous years, but was turned down by the singer himself. This yearSka'at was tipped again as a leading candidate for Eurovision, only this time it seems that the singer is actually interested as well.
According to the report, Har'el Ska'at will indeed represent Israel in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow, but in one condition: That his legal dispute with his former record label will be setteled in the near future. Currently, Ska'at is strictly forbidden recording any new materials, for any purpose. Sources in the Israeli music industry now believe this dispute will be solved shortly, meaning the chances of seeing Har'el Ska'at, on stage in Moscow, are extremly high this year.