Despite reports that the 2006 Kdam-Eurovision's production might be scaled down or even canceled due to financial problems, Israeli broadcaster IBA declared that the 2006 national final will be dedicated as a tribute to the late Ehud Manor, who passed away in 2005.
Ehud Manor was one of the most appreciated writers in Israel for a few decades. Manor has written to the Kdam-Eurovision no less than 25 songs in all. Among these songs are many winners and even a Eurovision winner. Among the songs Manor wrote the lyrics of were Ey-Sham (First Israeli entry, 1973), Abanibi (the 1978 Eurovision winner), Hi (1983), Ben Adam (1988), Ze Rak Sport (1992) and To Believe (co-writer in 2004). A couple of entries in the 2005 Kdam-Eurovision were his last attempt at the song contest. Later in 2005 he passed away.
The IBA decided to dedicate the upcoming Kdam-Eurovision to the honor of the late Ehud Manor and turn it into a tribute to the famous writer. Except for performing with their own new entries, the participants will perform with songs Manor wrote for the contest and rare archive clips will be combined in the show. The Kdam-Eurovision is schduled for March 15th.