Israel in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest

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Member station IBA
National selection events
  • Internal Selection:
  • 2012, 2016
Participation summary
Appearances 2
First appearance 2012
Best result
Worst result
External links
Israel’s page at
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Israel in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2016

The participation of Israel in the Junior Eurovision Song Contestfirst began in AmsterdamNetherlands, at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) a member organisation of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) were responsible for the selection process of their participation. The only 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. 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 Israelinational 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 sextetgroup 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]


Table key

 1st place   2nd place   3rd place   Last place

Year Artist Song Language Place Points
2012 “Let the Music Win” Hebrew 8 68
Did not participate between 2013 and 2015
2016 Shir & Tim “Follow My Heart” Hebrew, English 15 27

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.[9] 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
2012 No commentary[10] Maayan Aloni[10]
2013 No broadcast Did not participate
2016 No commentary Itay Limor

Voting history[edit]

The tables below shows Israel’s top-five voting history rankings up until their most recent participation in 2016 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.[11]