Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012

Eurovision Song Contest 2012
Country  Israel
National selection
Selection process Internal selection
Selection date(s) 7 February 2012
Selected entrant Izabo
Selected song "Time"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Failed to qualify (13th, 33 points)
Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Israel participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Israeli entry was selected through an internal selection, organised by the Israeli broadcaster IBA. Izabo represented Israel with the song "Time", which failed to qualify from the first semi-final, achieving 13th place with 33 points.[1][2]

Possible withdraw

Israel was rumoured to have withdrawn from the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, because the date of the final falls on the same day as Shavuot, an Israeli holiday on the 26th of May.[3] On 7 August 2011, IBA confirmed its participation despite difficulties, because of Azerbaijan's open border with Iran.[4]

Internal selection

IBA planned a new national final with a live final to be held in January or February 2012, but this plan was cancelled in January 2012, because of scheduling problems.[5] [6] On 7 February 2012, IBA announced its internally selected entry, which was "Time", by the band Izabo.[7]

A shortlist of eight artists were invited by the IBA to submit songs for this year's contest. The following artists are reported to have submitted a song:

The following artists were invited by the IBA, yet did not submit a song:

The artists who submitted the songs were judged by a specialists panel made by the IBA who concluded that Israel will send Izabo to the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku.[8]

At Eurovision

Israel competed in the second half of the first semi-final (10th on stage) on 22 May 2012, following Finland and preceding the San Marino. Israel received 33 points and placed 13th, thus failing to qualify for the final on 26 May.[1]

Split results

Points awarded to Israel

Points awarded to Israel (Semi-Final 1)[1]
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
  •  Austria
  •  Russia
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
  •  Hungary
  •  Romania
  •  Denmark
  •  Finland
  •  Spain
  •  Cyprus
  •  Latvia

Points awarded by Israel

Semi-final 1

Points awarded in the first semi-final:[1]

12 points Russia
10 points Cyprus
8 points Romania
7 points Ireland
6 points Moldova
5 points Albania
4 points Iceland
3 points Greece
2 points Finland
1 point  Switzerland


Points awarded in the final:[10]

12 points Sweden
10 points Spain
8 points Azerbaijan
7 points Russia
6 points Romania
5 points Moldova
4 points Italy
3 points Cyprus
2 points Greece
1 point Turkey

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Semi-Final (1)".
  2. Webb, Glen (1 March 2012). "Israel: Izabo officially present their entry for Baku".
  3. Laufer, Gil (23 May 2011). "Israel might be out of Eurovision 2012". Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  4. Barak, Itamar (7 August 2011). "Israel: 'IBA decided to participate in 2012'". Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  5. Barak, Itamar (27 October 2011). "Israel: Outline for 2012 national final revealed". Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  6. Barak, Itamar (5 January 2012). "Israel: Kdam-Eurovision cancelled". Retrieved 5 January 2012.
  7. Barak, Itamar (7 February 2012). "Group Izabo to represent Israel in Baku!". Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  8. בר-און, ערן (7 February 2012). "הפתעה: "איזבו" בדרך לאירוויזיון". Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  9. Siim, Jarmo (18 June 2012). "Eurovision 2012 split jury-televote results revealed".
  10. "Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Grand Final".
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