Glossy wave icon. Free flag icons from IsraelISRAEL
BROADCASTER
SONG   "Time" 
SINGER   Izabo
MUSIC & LYRICS Ran Shem Tov & Shiri Hadar
DRAW   #10 in the first semi-final

 

THIS YEAR'S ENTRY

After the date and venue of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest were known, rumours about a possible Israeli withdrawal, started to circulate. May 26th, the date of the Eurovision final, falls on the same day as Shavuot, an Israeli holiday and Azerbaijan shares an open border with Iran, causing potential security issues for the Israeli delegation. However in early August, Israel broadcaster IBA confirmed hat they intended to send an entry to Baku and were planning a national final to be held in January or February 2012. However this plan was cancelled in January 2012, because of scheduling problems and instead an internal selection would be used to choose the Israeli entry.  

Eight well known acts were asked to submit potential Eurovision entries.  However after three acts chose not to enter, only five songs were put to a jury of music experts, chosen by the IBA. On February 7th, in what was seen as a surprise selection, the IBA announced that Israel's entry in Baku would be the song "Time" performed by the well known pop-rock four piece band, Izabo. The song was officially released on March 1st after a demo version leaked onto the internet on February 21st.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Israeli broadcaster IBA selected the group Izabo to represent them in the 2012 edition of Europe's Favourite TV Show. The alternative band will perform the Ran Shem-Tov and Shiri Hadar song Time in Baku.

Izabo are best described as a brilliant, action packed combination of Psychadelic Rock, Disco, Punk flavoured with Arabic spices. They secured a spot as one of Israel’s most successful alternative pop bands with the 2003 release of their debut album The Fun Makers.

From there Izabo went on to sign with Sony BMG, and in the same year released “The Morning Hero EP” in the UK and began to take their funky sounds to an international audience. In January of 2005 The Fun Makers was released in the Benelux countries via the label Rough Trade NL, and in 2006 it was released in France via Roymusic/ Discograph. Since 2006, Izabo have been busy touring Europe constantly and showcasing their catchy disco beats at a variety of festivals including Trans Musicales, The Paleo Festival, and Eurosonic.

Their second album Superlight was released in Israel and France in 2008 with Roymusic/ Discograph to rave reviews. In October 2011 Izabo signed with the English Label 100% Records, who signed artists among Gossip, Moby and Placebo. Izabo’s first three Track EP has been released in the United Kingdom this July, with their brand new album due to be released by the end of the year, in the UK, Europe & Israel.

 

REACTION

The decision by the IBA to choose Izabo caused a lot of surprise and the initial reaction by Israeli fans was generally one of disappointment. However when the demo version of the song leaked, the decision was more generally welcomed. Izabo have done little or no international promotion for the Eurovision entry and have instead depended on a promotional video and several live gigs in Israel, to help their Eurovision cause. 

Despite the fact that it has been given a good position in the draw and coming after two ballads, Israel is seen as a marginal qualifier based on prediction polls and the bookmakers odds and at 150/1, a fourth Istraeli Eurovision victory looks unlikely. "Time" is generally in the middle ranked songs in fan polls.

 

 

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE (BAKU TIME)*
Date Rehearsal Press Conference
Monday May 14th 11:00 - 11:40 12:25 - 13:05
Thursday May 17th 17:20 - 17:50 18:35 - 19:05
*Baku is four hours ahead of Ireland and the schedule has still to be confirmed officially

 

 

FORM GUIDE

 

OVERALL RATING

  Bookmakers
  History
  Running Order
  Fan Polls
  Webmaster

PREVIEW VIDEO

LIVE PERFORMANCE

LAUNCH PAD

ISRAEL AT EUROVISION

  • First entry: 1973
  • Number of previous entries: 34
  • Best result: Winners (1978,1979,1998) 
  • Worst result: Second last (3 times), failed to qualify (3 times)  
  • Qualification record: 4/3 (57% success)

TEN YEAR FORM GUIDE

 

WEBMASTER REVIEW

"I blew hot and cold on this when it first came out, but I've now grown to love it. It reminds me of 1960s psychedelic and bubblegum pop or Prince's "Paisley Park" period and it's great to have an authentic band at Eurovision. I really hope this qualifies, but it's another of those 50/50 qualifiers in the first semi, that could go either way." - Keith Mills

YOUR REVIEWS

"Apart from "Diva" , I don't usually like Israeli entries and most people seem to be writing this one off. I rather like its quirkiness but it really does remind of something i've heard before but I don't know what."- Philip Stuart (U.K.)

"A song I actually like. A bit of retro to the 60's & 70's and yet sound fresh. It's strong enough, on it's own merit, just to surprise everyone and do well."  Shai Dagoni (Netherlands)

"An annoying quirky piece, but it will be remembered as it stands out and there is nothing else like it (thank goodness). Should qualify but I doubt the top ten. It would be too embarrassing." - David Berlinger (Israel)

"I like the 70s touch and it seems like these guys have much fun performing and singing the song. A possible qualifier and better than last year’s Israeli entry."- Paul Hutter (Germany)

"I really like this song and the unique sound makes this song stand out from the others. Catchy, well produced, interesting, quirky, very nice indie pop that is not often heard at Eurovision.” - Pedro Alexandre (Portugal)