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Israel: Izabo officially present their entry for Baku

01 March 2012 at 22:19 CET

The first live performance for the public of the Israeli entry will be tomorrow evening at the Zappa Club in Tel Aviv. 

Izabo are an alternative rock band, they were formed in 1989. The lead singer of Izabo, Ran Shem Tov spoke of the surprise reaction from the Israeli public during an interview with the Israeli broadcasters official website, saying "A lot of people raised their eyebrows when they heard that we would represent Israel, and I can understand that. We are an alternative band, a quality one, and people do not associate this type of music with the Eurovision Song Contest."

You can hear the official version of Time by Izabo on IBA's official Eurovision website here

Israel at Eurovision

Israel has won Europe's Favourite TV Show on three occasions, in 1978 when Izhar Cohen and Alphabeta triumphed with A Ba Ni Bi. They did the back to back double on home soil in Jerusalem in 1979 when Milk and Honey were victorious with Hallelujah

In 1998, Dana International collected Israel's third trophy when she won a very closely fought contest with Diva. Last year, she returned to the Eurovision Song Contest but was unable to qualify from the Second Semi-Final with Ding Dong

The IBA official website will also be screening a specially made documentary called The Other Face which followed Dana International during her time in Düsseldorf. This will be available on demand for those interested from tomorrow.

Israel will compete in the second half of the First Semi-Final of Europe's Favourite TV Show on Tuesday 22nd May in Baku.