|Singing the same tune. By Noya Kohavi (http://www.haaretz.com/)
After mulling numerous candidates over the last few months, the names of Israel's representatives at the Eurovision song contest, scheduled to take place in Moscow in May, were finally announced Sunday.
This year, the Israel Broadcasting Authority selected two singers, Achinoam Nini and Mira Awad, to represent the country at the European song contest. The song they will perform has yet to be written and they will work on it together with Gil Dor, Nini's long-time musical collaborator.
The singers were selected by an artistic committee headed by Yoav Ginai and a confirmation committee headed by Moshe Gavish and comprised of public representatives at the Broadcasting Authority. "This is an excellent choice of two talented and internationally recognized singers," confirmation committee members said yesterday. "We are convinced the choice will prove itself."
Nini's manager, Ofer Penson, said both Nini and Awad - a Christian Israeli Arab who is a theater actress - jointly submitted their candidacy for the competition.
"They have been working together for several years now," he said yesterday. "On Nini's previous album they sang the Beatles' song, 'We Can Work It Out.' Achinoam and Mira decided that in difficult times, as right now, the most appropriate thing they could both do is to sing a song with a message of peace on a respected European stage, a place where we face public relations problems."
Last year, Boaz Mauda, the winner of the "A Star is Born" competition (the local version of "American idol"), represented Israel in the Eurovision song contest, after being selected by the audience that watched a competition broadcast on Channel Two. Mauda finished in ninth place. This year, the selection was restored to the Broadcast Authority officials.
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|Israeli broadcaster IBA has decided to give the honor of representing the country at the Eurovision Song Contest to Noa and Mira Awad.
A special committee, led by the IBA chairman, made that decision today. They will perform four songs to the public. A specialized committee will be responsible for 60% of the votes, leaving the rest for the audience who can vote by SMS and on the internet.
Noa, whose real name is Achinoam Nini, is Israel's leading international concert and recording artist. She has toured and sung with rock superstar Sting, performed her song Child of Man with Stevie Wonder for a CBS TV special in the U.S., and shared the stage and microphone with many well-known artists.
Mira Awad is an Israeli-Arab singer and actress currently living in Tel Aviv, Israel.
|Israeli leading news websites Ynet.co.il and NRG.co.il report today that the IBA Eurovision committee has decided to propose the singers Noa and Mira Awad to represent the country in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow. IBA has confirmed the news to esctoday.com. Awad, being an Arab-Israeli, will be the first one of her community to represent Israel in the song contest.
According to this report, Noa (Known in Israel by her given name Achinoam Nini) and Mira Awad were chosen by IBA, only after the first candidate Marina Maximillian-Blumin had withdrawn from the race. The Israeli Atrists Union represntative, who was a member of the jury, commented to Ynet.co.il: "I appreciate Marina as an artist and hope we will see her on the Eurovision Song contest's stage in future. Noa is currently the most successful Israeli artist abroad, and I am confident they will make us proud".