Israel – It looks possible that Rising Star (Hakochav Haba), the talent show contest, might not be used for next year’s Israeli selection process. Broadcaster IBA is closing, and the new national broadcaster IPBC has put out a call for production companies to tender for the right to run the Eurovision entry from start to finish.
The winning bid would see that company deciding how to choose the song and artist via a national selection of some sort, promote the contest in Israel and pick up the bill for the Israeli delegation to go to Ukraine next year. The selection must have taken place by January 2o17.
IPBC start broadcasting properly in September of this year and will take on responsibility for Eurovision. Rising Star was organised by Teddy Productions via Channel 2 and it had indicated it wished to continue. Presumably it will be allowed to tender. Tenders must be submitted by June 29th. More details here.
Israel has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 39 times since making its debut in 1973, and winning in 1978, 1979 and 1998.