Eurovision 2023: Noa Kirel is officially announced as Israel's representative (Walla system!)
Noa Kirel will perform the song Unicorn in the second part of the first semi-final to be held on May 9, 2023 in Liverpool, United Kingdom, as determined this evening (Tuesday) in the semi-final draw for Eurovision 2023.
The countries that will compete in Israel in the semi-finals in random order are: Serbia, Latvia, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Croatia, Malta, Sweden, Moldova, Switzerland, Israel, Netherlands, Finland, Azerbaijan, and the Czech Republic, and a total of 15 countries in this semi-final.
Noa Kirel, who has been featured in many articles in all media outlets, "Our Noa", will have to finish among the first ten countries in order to return Israel to its rightful place - the Eurovision final to be held on Saturday night, May 13, 2023.
Kirel (Photo: Courtesy of MTV Israel, Getty Images)
The 16 countries that will compete in the second semi-final and should not worry Kirel at this stage are: Armenia, Cyprus, Romania, Denmark, Belgium, Iceland, Greece, Estonia, Albania, Australia, Austria, Lithuania, San Marino, Slovenia, Georgia, and Poland.
As per the best tradition, Italy, the host Great Britain, Germany, Spain and France qualify directly for the final and will not compete in the semi-finals.
Ukraine, which won Eurovision 2022 but because of the war on its soil will not be able to host Eurovision, will automatically participate in the final as well.
In the first semi-final the viewers from Germany, France and Italy will also vote, and in the second semi-final the viewers from Ukraine, Spain and Great Britain will vote.
In total, only 37 countries will participate in Eurovision 2023, which is considered one of the smallest in recent years.
If Communications Minister Karai's plan regarding the corporation comes to fruition, it is possible that even one less country will participate next year.
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Is the lottery good for Israel?
Those who follow us here in Walla!
Tarbut since 2015, knows how much we like to dive into statistics when we cover Israel's bad rivals.
We will of course get to that later in the season, but this time we looked at what the statistics say about Israel's placement.
The two semi-final system started in 2008. Between 2008 and 2022, Israel participated in 13 semi-finals out of 14 that took place, and let's remember that in 2019 we sent Kobi Marimi to crash right in the final, thanks to Neta Barzilai's victory.
In 2020, there was no draw at all, because the entire Eurovision was canceled due to the corona virus.
The general statistics are completely in our favor: out of 13 semi-finals we made it to the final eight times, 61.5%, literally kissing two thirds.
Between 2011 and 2014 we had a streak of four failures and then a streak of successes that was interrupted last year with the song IM that there is no reason to dwell on.
As mentioned, Israel was drawn to participate in the second part of the first semi-final, so we checked our chances of reaching the final from this specific placement.
From the first semi-final, Israel has advanced four times to date, in 2008, 2009, 2018, when we also won the entire Eurovision, and 2021.
In this semi-final we have only failed once in 2012 with Isbo who gave a disappointing performance to say the least.
This means that in the semi-finals where Noa Kirel was placed, Israel qualified for the finals in 80% of the cases!
In the 13 semi-finals in which we participated during the period we are reviewing, Israel was drawn seven times to the second part of the semi-finals in which it participated, and we registered four advances to the final from this placement.
Even if you only have three matriculation units in mathematics, you can calculate on your own that the meaning is that we did not move up three times from a similar placement in previous years.
From all the statistical analyses, we have one conclusion: with an excellent song, an immersive direction, and an excellent performance - the placement really doesn't matter to us.
When we know the abilities of Noa Kirel and the team that surrounds her, we have a good feeling about qualifying for the Eurovision 2023 final.
United by Music
Already on Monday, the European Broadcasting Union and the BBC revealed the new slogan that will accompany Eurovision 2023. The slogan, "United by Music", and according to the production, it describes the unique partnership between Liverpool and the United Kingdom, which were chosen to host the competition, and the winning Ukraine, To bring Eurovision to a worldwide audience, and the power of music in bringing communities closer together.
The Eurovision Song Contest was created to unite the divided Europe after World War II, and now there is once again a murderous war on European soil.
The contest logo was inspired by the flags of Ukraine and Great Britain in bright colors designed to reflect the happy and diverse nature of Eurovision.
The hearts demonstrate the shared cultural experience of more than 160 million viewers, with "millions of hearts beating as one."
Just like every year, we'll be there this time too, and we can't wait to bring you live reports straight from Liverpool.
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