Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest

This article deals with the history of Israel as a participant at the Euro Vision Song Contest.


Israel is a member of the European Broadcasting Union on Euro Vision Song Contest since 1973. The country has been able to gain three wins: 1978, 1979 and again in 1998 when accompanied by scandals and outrage participation of artist Dana International the country and the contest gave a triumphant victory. 1996 reached Israel following the resignation of Galit Bell ( " Shalom olam ") in the internal qualifying round not the final of the Euro Vision Song Contest.

Regularity of participation

As the first non-European country takes Israel since the Euro Vision Song Contest 1973 part regularly, but has repeatedly paused. ( When Israel was actually entitled to host ) in 1980, should take place competition on Yom Hazikaron, Memorial to the fallen Israeli soldiers and victims of terrorism. Also in 1984 was missed due to a holiday. Because the penultimate place in 1993 was not allowed to participate Israel in 1994, 1996, Galit Bell qualified with the song Shalom olam in the internal qualifying round not for the contest in Oslo. In the following year the country voluntarily renounced participation.

Success in competition

Israel is with three victories (1978, 1979 and 1998) and seven other place in the top five of the more successful countries in competition. As one of the few countries Israel never reached a last place, even if there were several placings in the last five. Successfully, the country was mainly to the end of 1980. In the following years, alternated successful and unsuccessful years.

Since the introduction of the semi-finals Israeli candidate 2004, 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2013 did not reach the final. In the internal selection round 1996 Israel also different from.

In 2010 Harel Skaat was with his title " Milim " the first participants in a Euro Vision Song Contest, which managed to win all three categories of the Marcel- Bezençon Prize.


Overall, Israel is its official language Hebrew very loyal, up to and including 1998, all contributions were sung in this language. This also applies to the years in which no language rules existed (ie 1973-1976 ). As of 1999, the contributions were often mixed with English, while the mixture of Hebrew and English verse chorus was particularly common. 2009 sang one There must be another way besides Hebrew and English on the second official language of Arabic.

List of posts

Color legend: - Victories. - A tie to the last place. - Contributions finals.

National preliminary decisions

In the early years of the station chose the participants internally, then took place in 1978 and 1979, the Hebrew songs and choral festival as a preliminary decision instead. In subsequent years, the event has been used as Kdam Trials, 1998 was chosen internally again. In more recent times it was common for a number of songs Artist imagines (including 2009, 2010 and 2014), or that one selects both internally (2012 ). 2013, for the 40th anniversary, the preliminary decision Kdam was similarly extended to the Swedish Melodifestivalen several preliminary rounds and a second -chance round.

Active members: Albania | Armenia | Azerbaijan | Belgium | Denmark | Germany | Estonia | Finland | France | Georgia | Greece | Ireland | Iceland | Israel | Italy | Latvia | Lithuania | Macedonia | Malta | Moldova | Montenegro | Netherlands | Norway | Austria | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Russia | San Marino | Sweden | Switzerland | Slovenia | Spain | Ukraine | Hungary | United Kingdom | Belarus |

Inactive participating countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina | Bulgaria | Croatia | Luxembourg | Morocco | Monaco | Serbia | Slovakia | Czech Republic | Turkey | Cyprus

Former Participating countries: Andorra | Yugoslavia | Serbia and Montenegro

Redeemed participations or futile efforts: Lebanon | Liechtenstein

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