Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv reports today that Rama Messinger, who was selected by the IBA to participate in the upcoming Kdam-Eurovision will probably withdraw from the contest.
'Due to my very busy schedule I am indeed considering retiring from the Kdam-Eurovision, said the artist to Ma'ariv. 'I like doing things with full devotion. In light of the new theatre play I am suppposed to take part in, I can't see a way to combine Eurovision with it. I would still like to thank the IBA (Israeli broadcaster) for asking me to participate. I was thrilled since it was a childhood dream of mine'.
If Messinger does withdraw, Tzvika Pik will most probably take her place. Pik is a Kdam and Eurovision veteran. His last participation in the Kdam was last year, reaching the 3rd position. Earlier this year Avi Greinik also withdrew from the Israeli final, allowing Tzipi Mash'hid to enter. The contest is supposed to take place in the IBA's studios in Jerusalem on March 15th, in a smaller scale production than initially planned, due to financial difficulties.