The final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest is only two weeks away and more and more broadcasters are currently revealing their country’s spokespeople. After Spain’s Ruth Lorenzo, another iconic Eurovision performer has just been announced to give out their jury’s 12 points on May 13th.
Israeli broadcaster KAN has chosen Ilanit as their spokesperson for 2023. Ilanit was Israel’s first ever Eurovision representative back in 1973 with “Ey Sham”, where she finished in 4th place. Not only was it groundbreaking to introduce Israel to the Eurovision Song Contest, but it was also the first Eurovision performance with a female conductor.
Ilanit returned to Eurovision Song Contest in 1977, where she represented the country with “Ahava hi shir lishnaim” in London and finished in 11th place, this time. Furthermore, she was rumored to represent the country again in 1984 with “Balalaika“, although these rumours were never officially confirmed, as Israel withdrew from the competition that year.
The fact that Ilanit is still involved with Eurovision these days should not come as a surprise, as she opened the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, with her iconic Eurovision entry “Ey Sham”.
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