Today, Israel has confirmed that they will be back in Eurovision next year in Denmark through an online article published on mako.il. This now means that sixteen countries have confirmed participation for the 2014 Contest to be held in Denmark in a mere 342 days. Though the deadline is still another six months away, these countries have solidified their participation and we will see them in Eurovision next year.
According to the article in the link above, the Israeli Broadcasting Authority have begun to wonder how Moran Mazor didn’t qualify to the final this year and are wondering about participating again, but they have said they will participate again due to the large viewing ratings by the Israeli fans of the Contest. 8.9% of the population tuned into the Eurovision on Mazor’s semi-final, which shows that the Contest is popular in the country. The spokesperson for the broadcaster has also stated, referring back to the fans:
We will not give up. We will continue to send songs and broadcast the show. Has another large crowd of fans in the country. Israel has groups of fans, and a very big favorites. […] We are proud to broadcast the Eurovision
So with these comments, Israel has confirmed participation for the 2014 Contest in Denmark. Israel has been in the final only five times since the introduction of the semi-finals ten years ago and recently, Israel has failed to qualify for the final for three years in a row. Not even Dana International could bring the country back to its glory. So could the 2014 Israeli representative bring Israel to the final for the first time since 2010? Who knows…
Who would you like to represent Israel at Eurovision?