Israeli broadcaster 88FM radio station will be broadcasting next Saturday a special all-times Eurovision chart, as part of the broadcaster's effort to celebrate the Eurovision Song Contest's 50th anniversary occasion this week.
The weekly Frank Naef's show on IBA's 88FM radio station has been running for a few years quite successfuly. This season was dedicated of course to the contest's jubilee. It will culminate next Saturday, October 22nd, at noon when the all-times Eurovision Song Contest's chart will be aired, as one final build up to that evening's Congratulations show in Copenhagen.
Out of all the songs which competed in the contest's 50 years, 203 were chosen for the chart. The songs were chosen by journalists, Eurovision veterans (such as Nurit Hirsch, composer of the 1978 winner Abanibi), fans and others. The complete list can be found here in PDF format (the document is in Hebrew but the song titles are in the their languages of origin). Listeners are asked to pick their 10 best favourites out of the list. The Israeli entries are not included in this list, but rather compete in a seperate chart, which will be included in this special edition of show. A third chart will also be included and it will rank the 10 worst songs ever. Amit Dekel, presenter of The Frank Naef's Show told Esctoday.com today that 'First sets of votes which were already received indicate a surprising outcome of the chart'.
IBA television will also celebrate the contest's anniversary. Except for broadcasting the Congratulations show from Copenhagen, a special show will be broadcast on Friday night as well as re-runs of a few past contests, memorable to Israelis, this Tuesday.