Israel – “Israel goes Melodifestivalen” would probably the best summary of the new national final concept that the Israeli national broadcaster IBA has announced for the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö. Instead of the traditional KDAM, a 4-show selection marathon will be organized. A total of 30 artists will compete in three preliminary rounds. Three songs from each show will qualify for the final (two by televoting, one by jury decision).
According to media reports the show will cost around 2 million dollars. Threats of the Israeli embassy in Sweden to withdraw from the contest due to cases of antisemitism in Malmö thus seem to have been fruitless. It is the national broadcaster that has to take the ultimate decision about participation.