Eurovision

Israel tipped for Eurovision win

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2010

Israel is tipped to place in the top three at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

Bookmakers William Hill have put Israel at 13 to 2 odds to emerge as the outright winner on Saturday in Norway.

Azerbaijan are favourites to win the competition, closely followed by Germany.

The Israeli entrant, Harel Skaat, will be singing a ballad called ‘Milim’.

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Arab-Israeli duo to sing in London for the ZF

October 15, 2009

Israel’s ex-Eurovision Song Contest performers Mira Awad (above left) and Achinoam (Noa) Nini (above right) will perform at the Zionist Federation’s Yom Ha’atzmaut show next year.

The pair, who finished 16th in May’s Eurovision competition with their song There Must Be Another Way, will sing in London in April.

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Dana International accused in race row

By Keren David, July 9, 2009

The Israeli transsexual singer Dana International has been accused of threatening and racially abusing two heavily pregnant women in a Tel Aviv coffee shop.

Lee’at Gentely, 25, who made aliyah from Elstree in March, says the Eurovision star called her a “f***ing nig**r” as she had coffee with her two sisters-in-law at the Olive Coffee Bar on Tuesday.

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Eurovision fiddler: is he really one of us?

By Keren David, May 21, 2009

He’s the Norwegian fiddler with the distinctive eyebrows who ended his country’s lamentable record at the Eurovision Song Contest when he won by scoring more points than any country before.

But is Alexander Rybak Jewish? Rumours are flying around cyberspace, but few seem to know the truth.

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He won Eurovision – but is he one of us?

By Keren David, May 20, 2009

He’s the Norwegian fiddler with the striking eyebrows who ended his country’s lamentable record at the Eurovision Song Contest by scoring more points than any country before.

But is Alexander Rybak Jewish? Rumours are flying around cyberspace, but few seem to know the truth.

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Israel not on song at Eurovision

By Alex Kasriel, May 18, 2009

Israel's plea for peace fell on deaf ears at the Eurovision Song Contest last night as the country ranked only 16th out of 25 competitors.

Well known Jewish Israeli peace activist Noa (real name, Achinoam Nini) and Israeli Arab Mira Awad sung There Must Be Another Way in Arabic, Israeli and English as they held each others hands and banged on Olive Oil tins.

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Noa and Mira in Eurovision final

May 13, 2009

Israel has made it into the final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow.

Voters from around Europe selected its entry There Must Be Another Way, performed by Noa and Mira Awad, at the first of two semi-finals.

Joining Israel in the final on Saturday night will be 24 other countries, including the United Kingdom.

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Israel's Eurovision hope: Mira Awad

By Jonathan Walton, May 7, 2009

The peace organisation OneVoice is throwing a farewell party in Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Street for this year’s Israeli entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, and the two singers — newly anointed peace ambassadors for OneVoice — are being rushed from one soundbite-hungry journalist to another in what is the last press opportunity before they leave for Moscow.

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Nul points from Arabs

By Simon Round, January 22, 2009

In Britain, the controversy over the Eurovision Song Contest usually revolves around Terry Wogan’s participation, but in Israel it is taken much more seriously.

When it was announced that Christian Arab singer Mira Awad would perform alongside Jewish songstress Achinoam Nini, known as Noa, Israeli Arabs were furious.

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