Israel joins the lots of countries selecting internally this year, with the announcement that local band Izabo will aim to bring success to them in Baku. They will sing Time.
IBA has announced today that the indie-rock band Izabo
will represent Israel in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. The song
that they will perform has been composed by two members of the band Ran Shem-Tov
and Shiri Hadar and it is an electro-pop track mixed with oriental sounds.
The Israeli national broadcaster, IBA, has announced that Izabo, one of the
most successful alternative pop bands of the country, will represent Israel in
the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, with the song “Time“.
Among the seven artists who submitted their application to represent Israel
this year, the special committee formed by eleven members decided that the best
choice was the indie-rock band Izabo. The IBA’s committee who made this
decision was composed, among others, by Mira Awad who represented Israel in the
2009 Eurovision Song Contest and by some members of the Israeli radio and
television and OGAE Israel.
The band which has performed throughout Europe in some
indie-rock festivals is composed by the versatile producer Ran Shem-Tov (lead
singer and guitarist), Shiri Hadar (keyboards), Jonathan Levy (bass) and Nir
Mantzur (drums). They have been working together for many years
and they have released two albums called Fun Makers and Super Light.
When the news came out, the lead singer of the band said: ‘This is truly a
great honor for us, to represent Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest. This
year will be hectic for us, also with a new album coming out with the British
record label ‘100%’. We will give the best show in Baku’.
Below you can watch
one of their most creative music video and this is just a sample of the great
show that the band has to offer in Baku.
Israel will compete in the second half of the first semi-final of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest on 22 May.