Israel has decided – Dana International to Eurovision!

Israel has decided – Dana International to Eurovision!
Dana International was the participant with the most Eurovision Song Contest experience tonight. In 1998, she won the Contest performing the song "Diva". Photo: EBU
Rishon LeZion, Israel -

Israel has decided on its entry for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. In a live show broadcast nationally and on the Internet by the Israeli Channel 1 tonight, Dana International won the golden ticket for Düsseldorf song Ding Dong. She won the Contest in 1998 with Diva.

Dana International's attempt for a comeback to the Eurovision Song Contest scene was successful. In the Kdam of Tuesday night, the Israeli national final, she won with her self-composed song Ding Dong.

Dana International won the jury voting of the night as well as the special fan voting. In the televote, she finished second after Idit Halevi, performing It's My Time. The final was decided by a combination of televoting (48%), professional jury (40%) and fans (12%).

Returning winner

This was Dana's third attempt to represent her country, and bringing the victory back to her homeland for the fourth time. She won the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Diva.

Diva was chosen as one of the 14 most popular songs in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, and was thus one of the entrants in the Congratulations 50th anniversary concert in Copenhagen, Denmark, held in October 2005.

This also isn't the first time that Dana participates in the Eurovision Song Contest as a song writer, as she also wrote the 2008 Israeli entry The Fire In Your Eyes, performed by Boaz Mauda. The song finished 9th in the Final.

Full live show

The national final in Israel took place Tuesday night at the Culture Hall in Rishon LeZion. After a number of years of internally selected artists, the Kdam returned to Channel 1 in Israel with a full live show.

Tonight's final had the following line-up, winner in bold:

  1. Adi Cohen – Al Ahava
  2. Knob – Ohev Et Ze
  3. Chen Aharoni – Or
  4. Idit Halevi – It's My Time
  5. Hatikva 6 – Hakol Sababa
  6. Niki Goldstein – Amri Itach
  7. Sivan Bahanam – Kach Oti
  8. Michael Greilsommer – Tu Du Du
  9. Dana International – Ding Dong
  10. Carmel Ekman – El Gagoai

Revive public interest

In an attempt to revive the public interest in Israel, the competition for 2011 was completely open to every active singer in Israel. This is a change from the last four years, where the artists were chosen internally by the broadcaster.

Broadcaster IBA made contact with various artists through their representatives in order for them to apply and take part in the competition.

The move was appreciated by many viewers from around the world.

"Congrats to the IBA. I think this year, Kdam is one of the best national selections of the season. Great songs and quality," the viewer Gabriel Vivas from Venezuela comments at

A successful country

Israel have registered three victories in the Eurovision Song Contest. The first one came in 1978, when Izhar Cohen & Alphabeta won with A Ba Ni Bi. A back to back double victory was secured in 1979 when Milk & Honey won on home soil in Jerusalem with Hallelujah.

A wait of almost two decades followed, before Israel's third and most recent victory, in Birmingham in 1998, with Dana International and the up-tempo Diva. The lyrics were written by the current Israeli Head of Delegation, Yoav Ginai.

Threefold winner in 2010

Israel's 2010 entry Millim with Harel Skaat finished 14th in the Grand Final in Oslo, Norway. As the first entry in history, it won all three categories of the Marcel Bezençon Awards – the Press Award, the Artistic Award and the Composer Award.

Israel will take part in the Second Semi-Final of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, on Thursday the 12th of May, after gaining prior approval from the European Broadcasting Union due to the fact that the Israeli Memorial Day and Independence day occur on the same date as the First Semi-Final.

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  • Posted on 7 May 2011 at 16:14
    the song is boring unfortunately report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 April 2011 at 20:01
    wtf? why? kinky...dislike report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 April 2011 at 17:43
    after having listened to the new ravamped version of ring dong-which is unfortunately official, but hopefully not the final one- i am afraid that Dana, although she stills looks astonishingly pretty and she still has a charisma on stage, has lost a bit the conection to the eurofans and their likings, otherwise i can not explain why she made such a plastic, electronic and false version of her beautiful song...well maybe because she did read some reactions after the kdam 2011 that the song is old-fashioned and it sounds very 90's, so she decided to make it more 'up to date'. more 'clubby', but honestly me and many other eurofans and fans of dana think that the new version spoils the original song. I like Dana very much, i am excites she is back on the esc stage, and i would like to see her finishing high..that is why this critic.. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 3 April 2011 at 22:39
    "If you have a dream of your own
    don't be afraid, go on with your heart
    close your eyes and hear the bells of your soul
    Ding dong, say no more
    I hear silent prayer and its making me high and fly
    I know where to go and I'm comming now"

    Wonderful, inspiring lyrics! :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 April 2011 at 00:30
  • Posted on 1 April 2011 at 21:18
    Ohhh why did they changed to electronic version??
    It is my fav of this ESC and it is pitty for Israel to go with this electronic version!!
    BRING BACK THE OLD VERSION! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 April 2011 at 19:23
    how awesome is this song?

    fantastic report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 April 2011 at 17:50
    lol..the thing concerning Dana: It is a bad 1st April joke, unfotunately :-( There is of course no D.j. named 'Hristos Mprokolopoulou( from!!), so i think we have to live with the official new version of ding dong :-( very funny, escnation, xaxa! (although they got me into report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 April 2011 at 15:07
    thank god, another new version of ding dong was aired today, u can listen to it there and i am very happy with it because it is very close to the original one:

    i hope this is not a 1st april joke, because i found the second electronic version of the song horrendous report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 April 2011 at 13:17
    Very BAAAD. Dislike.
    Are all much betters. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 April 2011 at 13:11
    Very bad. Dislike. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 31 March 2011 at 11:36
  • Posted on 30 March 2011 at 21:18
    how awesome is this song?


    7 points report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 March 2011 at 20:37
    oh my god!!!!! I have just listened to a new 'revamped' version of Dana's song and i am shocked!!! they ruined the whole song...the new version is fully electro-style, even her voice has been digitally elaborated in the second part of the song, after the first chorus, but the whole song has lost all its charm, you can hear no beat or bells in it.....a disaster!!!i hope, Dana and her team are going to see his and tune into the old version. I am really excited that Dana comes back to eurovision, and i found her song very nice too, but this ne version of it is not nice. PLEASE bring back the old version, i want to see Dana high on the scoreboard. Here is the new version, i hope this is a joke and not the official one: report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 March 2011 at 19:25
    i dont really understand... Dana is a very good singer, but if Israel haven't another great singers, i understant this choise, but Israel has! I mean, it's cool when country helps young people show themselves, but Dana is already famous.As everyone know she also has won esc98, that's why it's logical to choose someone new report to the moderator