Israel in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

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Member stationIBA (2012, 2016)
IPBC (2018–)
National selection events
Participation summary
First appearance2012
Last appearance2018
Best result8th: 2012
Worst result15th: 2016
External links
Israel's page at
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Israel in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018

The participation of Israel in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest first began in Amsterdam, Netherlands, at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012. Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) a member organisation of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) were responsible for the selection process of their participation in 2012 & 2016, with Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC) taking over participation from 2018. The first representative to participate for the nation was with the song "Let the Music Win", which finished in eighth place out of twelve participating entries, achieving a score of sixty-eight points. Israel withdrew from competing in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2013, and also sat out of the 2014 and 2015 contests. However, following their success at the 2015 and 2016 Eurovision Song Contests, IBA expressed an interest in making a return to competing at Junior Eurovision. It was announced on the 28 September 2016 that Israel would indeed return to the contest in 2016, with their entrant being selected internally. IBA withdrew from the 2017 contest, but Israel will return to the contest in 2018. As of Junior Eurovision 2016, Israel have awarded the most points to Armenia and the Netherlands, and received the most points from Ukraine.

History[edit] at Junior Eurovision 2012.

On 10 July 2012, the Israeli national broadcaster, Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA), announced that they would be making their Junior Eurovision debut at the 2012 contest in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 1 December 2012.[1] IBA internally selected a sextet group consisting of members Adel Korshov, Adi Bity, Adi Mesilati, Daniel Pruzansky, Libi Panker, and Tali Sorokin. The group who were known by their band name, performed the song "Let the Music Win",[2] which finished in eighth place achieving a score of sixty-eight points.[3] Israel has previously shown interest to take part in the 2004 and 2008 contests, although no reasons were ever published to detail the change of interest.[4]

On 21 October 2013, IBA announced their withdrawal from the 2013 contest. However, no details were published as to provide reasons for their withdrawal.[5] Israel continue to be absent from the 2014,[6] and 2015 contests.[7] Following Israel's success at the 2015 and 2016 Eurovision Song Contests, the Israeli broadcaster IBA expressed their interest in a potential return to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016.[4] On 28 September 2016, Israel's participation was officially confirmed by the EBU.[8]. On 25 July 2018 it was announced that Israel would return in the 2018 contest, following a change in the contest rules to allow more than 18 countries to participate. The country was given special dispensation by the host broadcaster BTRC and the EBU as they had won the adult contest earlier that year.[9]


Table key
Second place
Third place
Last place
Year Artist Song Language Place Points
2012 "Let the Music Win" Hebrew1 8 68
Did not participate between 2013 and 2015
2016 Shira & Tim "Follow My Heart" Hebrew, English 15 27
2017 Did not participate
2018 Noam Dadon "Children Like These" Hebrew 14 81
2019 Did not participate
1.^ Contains several lines in English, Russian, and French.

Broadcasts and voting[edit]

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

The contests are broadcast online worldwide through the official Junior Eurovision Song Contest website and YouTube. In 2015, the online broadcasts featured commentary in English by editor Luke Fisher and 2011 Bulgarian Junior Eurovision Song Contest entrant Ivan Ivanov.[10] The Israeli broadcaster, IBA, never sent their own commentator to the 2012 contest. However, a spokesperson was chosen in order to announce the awarding points from Israel. The table below list the details of each commentator and spokesperson since 2012.

Year(s) Commentator Spokesperson
2005 No commentary[11] Did not participate
2008 No broadcast
2012 No commentary[12] Maayan Aloni[12]
2013 No broadcast Did not participate
2016 No commentary Itay Limor
2017 No commentary (KAN)[13] Did not participate
2018 Dudu Erez and Alma Zohar Adi
2019 TBA Did not participate

Voting history[edit]

The tables below shows Israel's top-five voting history rankings up until their most recent participation in 2018 and takes into account the new voting system which allows the adult and kids juries each to award a set of points, introduced by the European Broadcasting Union from the 2016 contest onwards.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Granger, Anthony (10 July 2012). "Israel Junior Eurovision debut". Eurovoix. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  2. ^ Escudero, Victor M. (13 October 2012). "Israel debuts in Junior Eurovision with". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Scoreboard". European Broadcasting Union. 1 December 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  4. ^ a b Granger, Anthony (21 August 2016). "Israel may participate in Junior Eurovision 2016". Eurovoix. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  5. ^ Granger, Anthony (21 October 2013). "Israel withdraws from Junior Eurovision". Eurovoix. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2014 Participants". European Broadcasting Union. 15 November 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Participants". European Broadcasting Union. 15 November 2015. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  8. ^ "17 Countries Confirmed For Junior Eurovision 2016!". European Broadcasting Union. 28 September 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  9. ^ Granger, Anthony (25 July 2018). "Israel: Was the 19th Country Allowed to Participate in Junior Eurovision 2018". Eurovoix. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
  10. ^ Fisher, Luke James (21 November 2015). "Tonight: Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2015!". Junior Eurovision Song Contest – Bulgaria 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
  11. ^ "Eurovision Israel getting into the JESC spirit". ESC Today. 22 November 2007. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  12. ^ a b Mikheev, Andy (23 November 2012). "Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012". ESC Kaz. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  13. ^ Farren, Neil (22 November 2017). "Israel: KAN to Broadcast Junior Eurovision 2017". Eurovoix. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  14. ^ Jordan, Paul (13 May 2016). "Format changes for the Junior Eurovision 2016". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 17 May 2016.

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