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Noa Kirel

Noa Kirel accepts offer to represent Israel at Eurovision Song Contest

After weighing out proposal to compete in prestigious singing contest next year, pop star says she's excited to 'embark on a journey to bring great honor to Israel'; singer says she sees opportunity as chance to reveal 'other sides of Israel'

Ran Boker |
Published: 08.10.22, 14:56
Israeli singer Noa Kirel announced Wednesday that she has accepted the offer to represent Israel at 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, due to take place in Britain next spring.
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  • "I'm very excited and feel like we're going on a mission, and what a mission indeed," Kirel said in a press conference in Tel Aviv.
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    "I'm already envisioning myself on the crazy Eurovision stage. In a heartfelt decision I put everything aside, and am going into this with complete faith," she continued.
    "I always felt proud to represent my country, and today I embark on a journey to bring great honor to it."
    The decision to send the pop star to the international contest differs from what has been done in previous years. Up until now, a designated singing reality TV show would select a candidate to represent Israel, normally being the first opportunity at fame for the promising artist.
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    Kirel was offered last month to represent Israel by a panel at KAN, the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation, but did not agree immediately.
    "I needed time to think it through with myself," she said, "it's a crazy opportunity at fame and a huge stage."
    In expressing her fears, Kirel mentioned that politics surrounding Israelis during international events requires her to come prepared.
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    "I'm aware that I'll be interviewed and asked about the situation in Israel and I see that as a great honor. I'll do my research and come ready with accurate answers," she added.
    Kirel also said that she is not so afraid of antisemitic comments, and wants to be interviewed so that "other sides of Israel" can be discovered through her.
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