The sixth season of the IBA's (Israeli broadcaster) radio Eurovision programme The Frank Naef's Show will start tomorrow night.
The show went on air on March 1999, on Israel's 88FM radio station, and since then came back each year, a couple of months before the Eurovision Song Contest. Over the years the show changed hosts, and this year is no exception: The new season, which will kick off tomorrow night at 21:00 (local time), will be presented by Shay Gal and Amit Dekel. Shay Gal is known for his lack of interest in Eurovision, whereas Amit Dekel is a very dedicated fan of the contest, who traveled to all the recent contests, and has also been an OGAE member in the Israeli branch.
'The show will be like a ping-pong match between Shay and me', says Amit Dekel to esctoday.com. 'Each Sunday we will have special features, in addition to songs from all times of course: 'The most bizarre', 'The best runner-up', and also guest comedians', Dekel adds. 88FM's listeners can post their requests for the show's playlist in the Eurovision forums of Israeli web portals Tapuz.co.il and Nana.co.il.
The success of the show, which is named after the legendary EBU coordinator of the contest, has even lead to a double CD compilation of Eurovision songs, which was produced by the Hed Artzi label in the year 2000. Frank Naef himself added his greeting on the compilation's booklet, saying: 'I must admit that when I was approached by the producers of the show I was astonished, but also very flattered. The Eurovision Song Contest's aim is to unify Europe for one night of entertainment, humor and joy. I hope that you all, just as me, will continue following it'.