The Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) was decided to hold instead of Israel Song Festival, a competition designed to select a song for the contest. final to select their entry was held on 3 March in Jerusalem, and was hosted by Daniel Pe'er. The votes of nine regional juries across Israel decided the winner. Each place had a jury who awarded 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 point(s) for their top twelve songs.
On the night of the final Hakol Over Habibi as "Habibi" performed 5th in the running order, following Luxembourg and preceding Denmark. Shlomit Aharon, the band's soloist, was in about 6-7 months pregnant at the contest. At the close of voting "Halayla" had received 56 points, placing Israel seventh of the 20 entries. The Israeli spokesperson revealing the result of the Israeli vote in the final was Dan Kaner.