Naama Barak
April 3, 2023

All the anxious Eurovision fans – and there are quite a few of them here in Israel – who cannot wait until the international song contest kicks off can get a taste of the amazing things to come at a pre-show set to be held in Tel Aviv.

The live, mini-Eurovision concert is set to take place at Hangar 11 at the Tel Aviv Port tonight April 3, and will be aired via social media across Europe.

The pre-show is part of a three-day event called Israel Calling to celebrate 50 years of Israel’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Earlier today, Eurovision contestants took part in a tree planting ceremony hosted by Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL – JNF)  at the Eurovision Hill in the Ben Shemen Forest.

The trip is a collaboration of the Foreign Ministry, the Culture and Sports Ministry and KKL-JNF.

Israel has won the Eurovision Song Contest four times, most recently in 2018 with Netta Barzilai’s hit, Toy.

The contestant representing Israel this year is local pop princess Noa Kirel with the song Unicorn.

While bookmakers are currently placing her in sixth place, we have no doubt that what will be a stunning live performance will quite possibly pull her through to the top.

“I am beyond excited to bring the Israel Calling Eurovision promo concert back to Israel once again,” says Tali Eshkoli, the initiative’s founder and producer.

“The show – which has already become a joyful tradition of an international musical celebration – is highly anticipated by Eurovision fans from Israel and across Europe. This year, the show will mark the celebration of 50 years of Israeli participation in Eurovision – a unifying celebration and an exciting landmark for every Israeli, especially in these difficult times.”

This year’s Eurovision will be held in Liverpool starting on May 9, and culminating with a grand finale on May 13.

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