The Israeli national selection show was held in the Neve Ilan TV studios in Israel on the 15th of March. Gali Atari and Harel Skaat opened the show by singing a duet of the Israeli 1979 Eurovision Song Contest winner Hallelujah.
The result was decided by a mixture of jury and televoting. A 60% weighting of the overall vote was given to an expert jury. This is made up of people from the broadcaster IBA and Reshet. Along with them there are three more juries, Israeli parliament members, OGAE Eurovision fan club members and Harel Skaat's fan club members. The other 40% weighting was for the televoting public.
A panel of three experts gave comments on each of the four songs. They all preferred Milim and this Harel will perform at Europe's Favourite TV-show in Oslo.
Who is he?
Harel was in his second year of his studies when he was accepted into the second season of A Star Is Born (the Israel equivalent of American Idol) and was immediately a clear favourite for winning, receiving the highest number of votes during all stages of the show with his performances and inspiring vocal abilities. At the season finale, Harel came second, a result which sparked a heated debate in Israel.
In 2006, Harel released his first self-titled album which achieved gold album status after 3 weeks and later reached platinum. The debut album, which included ten songs, yielded five chart-leading hits. Concurrently, Harel embarked on an extensive, high-profile tour, which included more than 200 shows in concert halls all over Israel. The shows were a huge success, selling out at every venue, an achievement previously reserved for veteran artists only.
Harel Skaat launched his second album Figures in 2009 which achieved gold status quickly and was accompanied by a large-scale online interactive campaign. Furthermore, in the large-scale Song Of The Decade awards on Israeli TV, Harel garnered an impressive second place.
He'll perform third in the second Semi-Final on the 27th of May in Oslo, Norway.