Israel will participate for the first time this year in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
The competition will include children aged 10-15 and will take place on Saturday evening, December 1, in Amsterdam. It will be produced by the Dutch Public Channel and will broadcast live on Israel's Channel 1.
The Junior Eurovision is an international song contest held annually since 2003. It is produced by the European Broadcasting Union, the producer of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The competition features children with exceptional musical talent from across Europe in a spectacular evening performance suited for the entire family.
Israel's participation was made possible following a decision by the Israel Broadcasting Authority, led by Channel 1's Department of Children and Youth Division.
Auditions were held at the cultural hall in Petah Tikva. The youth were recommended by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, as well as by department managers of local authorities throughout the country.
Those recommended include members of youth bands, participants of various singing competitions sponsored by the Ministry of Education and many others with a talent in song and stage experience.
The children were then selected by a professional committee consisting of representatives of the Ministry of Education, the IBA, artists including Ohad Hitman, Dafna Dekel and Benny Nadler, as well as representatives of the younger generation from the National Council of Students and Youth.
The Israeli delegation, “Kids.il," includes six participants: Adi Meselot, 14, from Kfar Saba; Adele Korsov, 11, of Oranit; Daniel Frojinski, 13, of Rosh Haayin; Adi Beatty, 11, of Hod Hasharon; Libi Penker, 14, of Rosh Haayin, and Tali Sorokin, 11, of Rehovot.
They will perform the song “Let the Music Win”, which was written and composed by singer and songwriter Ohad Hitman.
“Kids.il” is currently in the process of filming a music video in Rosh Haayin under director Alon Alush. Rosh Haayin is a leader among Israeli cities promoting musical education, with the belief that music is a bridge between cultures and nations.
The city adopted the competition and the children, two of whom are local residents.