ISRAEL IN EUROVISION

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ISRAEL IN THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST

FACTS & FIGURES

  1. Israel has participated a total  of 41 times with it's first entry coming from Ilnit in 1973.
  2. Eurovision 1979 and 1999 were both hosted in the capital city Jerusalem.
  3. 2019 will mean Israel will have hosted the event every 20 years: 1979 / 1999 / 2019.
  4. Israel did not participate in 1980 due to a date conflict with Yom Hazikaron.
  5. Israel have won the contest a total of 4 times & rank joint 6th most successful nation.
  6. Israel holds the title of most entries in the contest without ever having come last.
  7. Singer Songwriter Matti Caspi conducted the orchestra 1976.
  8. Yardena Arazi (1976/1986) hosted the 1979 contest in Jerusalem, with Daniel Pe'er.
  9. In 2010 Harel Skaat with the song "Milim" won both the Artistic & Composers Awards.
  10. Only 5 other countries have won more times than Israel: Ireland, Sweden,Luxembourg, France and the UK
  11. Dana International has participated 3 times, 2 as a performing artist and once as the song writer of the 2008 entry.
  12. KAN is the new national broadcaster and is now responsible for the organisation of the Israeli entry and will be organising and televising the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest from Israel in 2019.
  13. Netta's winning song from 2018 'TOY' is currently the most viewed video clip from the Eurovision Song Contest's own official YouTube channel ever with almost 58 million views at the time of writing.
  14. Israel hosted both 1979and 1999 contests from Jerusalem. At the time of writing, the 2019 venue has yet to be decided.  
  15. Israel is one of the few countries to have never finished in last place since its first participation in 1973 and has never ended with the dreaded 'Nul Points'.


Overview

Israel is a member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and as such has the right to submit and participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. She has done so on 41 occasions and been actively involved since 1973 with representation by some of Israels finest singing sensations. Of these 41 entries, 4 have gone on to Eurovision victory. This is a record Israel shares with The Netherlands. 

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EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2019

TEL AVIV ISRAEL 14 16 18 MAY 2019

  • After much deliberation and tenders from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Eilat, it was Tel Aviv that would ultimately go on to become the host city for this years contest. The decision was based on infrastructure, hotel beds and logistical practicalities. 
  • The contest itself was held at the International Convention Centre, otherwise known as Expo TLV. 
  • Israel was the host nation as a result of Netta Barzilai winning the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. 
  • This was the 64th contest. The first one took place in Switzerland in  1956.
  • The three shows were hosted by leading Israeli personalities/  Bar Refaeli, Erez Tal, Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub. 
  • The host broadcaster was state owned KAN. The new and exciting TV and radio network. 
  • The first semi final in which 10 of the 17 entries qualified took place on Tuesday 14th May. The second semi final took place on Thursday 16th May in which a further 18 nations competed for ten more spots. The Grand Final took place on Saturday 18th May 2019. A total of 41 nations competed for the coveted title. 
  • Ticket sales were organised by Leaan.
  • On Saturday 18th May the Dutch singer Duncan Laurence won for the Netherlands with the song 'Arcade'
  • It was widely hailed by media and viewers as one of the best productions in years, well done Israel!

THE HOME OF EUROVISION

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A FEW OF ISRAEL'S popular entries

A selection of the top ranking songs and performances over the years. 

ISRAEL'S ENTRIES THROUGHOUT THE YEARS

1973

1973

1973

ARTIST: ILANIT

SONG: EY SHAM

POINTS: 97 / PLACE 4TH


1974

1973

1973

ARTIST: KAVERET

SONG: NATATI LA KHAYAY

POINTS: 11  / PLACE: 7TH

1975

1973

1975

ARTIST: SHLOMO ARTZI

SONG: AT VA ANI 

POINTS: 40 / PLACE: 11TH

1976

*1978*

1975

ARTIST: CHOCOLATE MENTA MASTIK

SONG: EMOR SHALOM

POINTS: 77 / PLACE 6TH

1977

*1978*

*1978*

ARTIST: ILANIT 

SONG: AHAVA HI SHIR LISHNAYIM

POINTS: 49 / PLACE: 11TH

*1978*

*1978*

*1978*

ARTIST: IZHAR COHEN & ALPHABETA

SONG: A-BA-NI-BI

POINTS: 157 / PLACE 1ST

*1979*

*1979*

*1979*

SINGER: GALI ATARI & MILK & HONEY

SONG: HALLELUJAH

POINTS: 125 / PLACE 1ST

1980

*1979*

*1979*

ARTIST: THE BROTHERS & SISTERS 

SONG: PIZMON KHOZER

POINTS: WITHDREW 

1981

*1979*

1981

ARTIST: HAKOL OVER HABIBI

SONG: HALAYLA 

POINTS: 56 / PLACE 7TH

1982

1982

1981

ARTIST: AVI TOLEDANO

SONG: HORA 

POINTS: 100 / PLACE 2ND

1983

1982

1983

ARTIST: OFRA HAZA 

SONG: HI 

POINTS: 136 / PLACE: 2ND

1984

1982

1983

ARTIST: ILANIT 

SONG: BALALAÏKA

POINTS: WITHDREW 

1985

1985

1985

ARTIST: IZHAR COHEN 

SONG: OLÉ OLÉ

POINTS: 93 / PLACE 5TH

1986

1985

1985

ARTIST: MOTI GILADI & SAARI TZURIEL

SONG: YAVO YOM

POINTS: 7 / PLACE 19TH

1987

1985

1987

ARTIST: LAZY BUMS

SONG: SHIR HABATLANIM

POINTS: 73 / PLACE 8TH

1988

1988

1987

ARTIST: YARDENA ARAZI

SONG: BEN ADAM

POINTS: 85 / PLACE 7T

1989

1988

1989

ARTIST: GILI & GALIT 

SONG: DEREKH HAMELEKH

POINTS: 50 / PLACE 12TH

1990

1988

1989

ARTIST: RITA 

SONG: SHARA BARKHOVOT

POINTS: 16 / PLACE 18TH

1991

1991

1991

ARTIST: DUO DATZ

SONG: KAN 

POINTS: 139 / 3RD

1992

1991

1991

ARTIST: DAFNA DEKEL 

SONG: ZE RAK SPORT 

POINTS: 85 / PLACE 6TH

1993

1991

1993

ARTIST: SARAH'LE SHARON & SHIRU 

SONG: SHIRU 

POINTS: 4 / PLACE 24TH

1994

1994

1993

NO PARTICIPATION

1995

1994

1995

ARTIST: LIORA 

SONG: AMEN 

POINTS: 81 / PLACE 8TH

1996

1994

1995

ARTIST: GALIT BELL 

SONG: SHALOM OLAM

FAILED TO QUALIFY TO GRAND FINAL

1997

*1998*

*1998*

NO PARTICIPATION

*1998*

*1998*

*1998*

ARTIST: DANA INTERNATIONAL 

SONG: DIVA 

POINTS: 172 / PLACE 1ST

1999

*1998*

1999

ARTIST: EDEN 

SONG:YOM HULEDET (HAPPY BIRTHDAY)

POINTS: 93 / PLACE 5TH

2000

2000

1999

ARTIST: PING PONG 

SONG: SAMEACH 

POINTS: 7 / PLACE 22ND

2001

2000

2001

ARTIST: TAL SONDAK

SONG: EN DAVAR 

POINTS: 25 / PLACE 16TH

2002

2000

2001

ARTIST: SARIT HADAD 

SONG: LIGHT A CANDLE 

POINT: 37 / PLACE 12TH

2003

2003

2003

ARTIST: LIOR NARKIS 

SONG: MILIM LA 'AHAVA

POINTS: 17 / PLACE 19TH

2004

2003

2003

ARTIST: DAVID D'OR

SONG: LEHA'AMIN

POINTS: 57 / PLACE 11TH (SF)

2005

2003

2005

ARTIST: SHIRI MAIMON 

SONG: HASHEKET SHENISH'AR

POINTS: 154 / PLACE 4TH

2006

2006

2005

ARTIST: EDDIE BUTLER 

SONG: TOGETHER WE ARE ONE 

POINTS: 4 / PLACE 23RD

2007

2006

2007

ARTIST: TEAPACKS 

SONG: PUSH THE BUTTON

POINTS: 17 / 24TH (SF)

2008

2006

2007

ARTIST: BOAZ MAUDA

SONG: THE FIRE IN YOUR EYES

POINTS: 124 / PLACE 9TH

2009

2009

2009

ARTIST: NOA & MIRA AWAD 

SONG: THERE MIST BE ANOTHER WAY 

POINTS: 53 / PLACE 16TH

2010

2009

2009

ARTIST: HAREL SKAAT 

SONG: MILIM 

POINTS: 71 / PLACE 14TH

2011

2009

2011

ARTIST: DANA INTERNATIONAL 

SONG: DING DONG

POINTS: 38 / 15TH (SF)

2012

2012

2011

ARTIST: IZABO 

SONG: TIME

POINTS: 33 / PLACE 13TH (SF)

2013

2012

2013

ARTIST: MORAN MAZOR

SONG: RAK BISHVILO

POINTS: 40 / PLACE 14TH (SF)

2014

2012

2013

ARTIST: MEI FEINGOLD 

SONG: SAME HEART 

POINTS: 19 / PLACE 14TH

2015

2015

2015

ARTIST: NADAV GUEDJ

SONG: GOLDEN BOY 

POINTS: 97 / PLACE 9TH

2016

2015

2015

ARTIST: HOVI STAR 

SONG: MADE OF STARS

POINTS: 135 / PLACE 14TH

2017

2015

*2018*

ARTIST: IMRI 

SONG: I FEEL ALIVE 

POINTS: 39 / PLACE 23RD

*2018*

*2018*

*2018*

ARTIST: NETTA 

SONG: TOY

POINTS: 529 / PLACE 1ST 

2019

*2018*

2019

ARITST: KOBI MARIMI

SONG: HOME

POINTS: 35 / PLACE 23RD

KOBI MARIMI - HOME - ISRAEL - 2019

Enjoy this years stunning ballad from Kobi Marimi. This sensational singer won Rising Star in order to represent his country. The carefully crafted song is available to download or stream. Via: iTunes & other providers.

THE WINNERS

Izhar Cohen & The Alph Beta Singing Aba Ni Bi (1978) 

Gali Atari & Milk & Honey Singing Hallelujah (1979)

Dana International Singing Diva (1998)