Israeli paper Ma'ariv reported yesterday that the Israeli entry, performed by David D'Or, would be chosen in a couple of weeks. Today however, the newspaper Yediot Ahronot reports that the pre-selection will be held on January 29th.
'I received hundreds of songs and I listen to all of them carefully', says David D'Or to Ma'ariv. 'It takes a lot of effort and time, but I am assisted with great talents and I am grateful to all of them', adds D'Or. According to Yediot Ahronot, D'Or received more than 250 songs, some of them written by well known composers. 'I intend of recording 8 songs, which 4 of them will be up for selection. The songs will be presented without revealing the identity of the writers to allow an objective voting', says D'Or to Yediot Ahronot. David D'Or's preference is to perform the songs entirely in English, although the IBA's (Israel's broadcaster) regulations limit the songs to be half in Hebrew. 'The final decision in this matter is in my hands. We will decide according to the songs and their character', says D'or.
Ma'ariv reported yesterday that the IBA is expected to broadcast in the next two weeks a special show: David D'Or's private Kdam-Eurovision (Israel's pre-selection show). TODAY, Yediot Ahronot reports that the pre-selection is planned to be held on January 29th, in a combined broadcast from Tel Aviv's stadium, of a basketball game in the Euroleague, of Maccabi Tel-Aviv. David' D'Or's songs will probably be recorded in the stadium and screened before the game starts, then the viewres will be able to vote during the game's break. The viewers will attribute 60% of the voting, and the rest will be given by IBA's Eurovision committee.