Izabo hoping for Eurovision glory
by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2012-03-29
Israeli indie band Izabo have admitted that they were surprised to be chosen to represent their country in this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place on May 26.
The quartet - who have built up a loyal following with their brand of psychedelic, middle Eastern tinged rock - are hoping that their song Time will give Israel their fourth Eurovision victory when they compete in the Azerbaijani capital Baku.
However the band's keyboard player Shiri Hadar has said they have no idea how they came to be chosen in the first place.
"We are not really sure how we ended up representing Israel this year in Eurovision to be honest," she said, "since it's a surprising choice to take us being a left field band that are known to be more alternative musicians.
"But we were very happy to hear that we were chosen," Shiri added, "We believe Eurovision doesn't have to mean you're not a good musician. Remember Abba started there!"
Shiri - who is married to the band's lead singer Ran Shem Tov - also revealed that their trip to Azerbaijan will be an exciting one since Ran's family on his father's side originally came from Baku.
"We didn't know where Eurovision was this year when we sent the song," she said, "but when we realised it was amazing.
"I think it will be very interesting to see what the place looks like and even try and locate the area where Ran's family grew up.
Izabo will perform in the first Eurovision semi-final on May 22 in a bid to win a place in the grand final on May 26.
They are also due to release a new single, I Like It, in the UK in May, while their new album Life Is On My Side is set for UK release on May 24.