Tonight in Israel, 10 acts battled it out for three guaranteed spots in the final of KDAM 2013, whilst one act qualified to the so-called Second Chance Round that takes place on Sunday.
The acts that have qualified to the final on the 7th of March are:
Meanwhile Yarden Tsur gained a place in the Second Chance Round.
Who took part?
Below is the full participant list for the first Semi-Final (qualifiers in bold):
Sarit Avitan - Mon Amour
Hen Cohen - The Heart Asks
The Ultras - Happy Birthday
Ran Sandler - Find A Way
Moran Mazuz - Give Me A Sign
Soulkey - Living One Time
Haya Samir - Happy And Sad
Vladi Blayberg - We Are Free
Yarden Tsur - Replace You (qualified for second chance round)
Roni Silver - Belibi
What's it all about?
This year broadcaster IBA is pulling out all of the stops when it comes to KDAM 2013, the Israeli national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. This year 30 songs will compete in three Semi-Finals on the 26th, 27th and 28th of February with 10 qualifying for the Grand Final on the 7th of March.
Israel will participate in the second Semi-Final of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Malmö, Sweden on the 16th of May.
Israel has had a long and relatively successful history at the Eurovision Song Contest, having won in 1978, 1979 and 1998. Now the country that brought us among others Dana International is back, and this time in style.