National Final Reminder: Dana International – Laila Tov Eropa!

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We continue the National Final Reminder with something from 1995. Today, we will travel to Israel.

Israel back in 2015 decided its representative through Kdam Eurovision. 13 songs participated in the live final selection.

The song “Laila tov Eropa” was one of those 13 songs. The song placed second, 15 points behind Liora and “Amen”.

Dana International

Dana International was born on 2 February 1969, in Tel Aviv, Israel. Her real name is Sharon Cohen. She was assigned male at birth but she identified herself as female from a very young age. At The age of 18, she worked as a drag queen impersonating female singers. After her sex reassignment surgery, she released her debut album “Dana International”, which became a success in Israel. In 1994 she released her second album and in 1995 she competed in the national final for Eurovision, placing second. In 1998, she was internally chosen to represent her nation. Dana won Eurovision in Birmingham and gave her country its third victory. Despite the disapproval of her participation by conservatives in her country, Dana became a symbol of Eurovision.

After her victory, she tried again to participate in Eurovision. In 2008 she co-composed the Israeli entry “The Fire In Your Eyes” and in 2011 she returned to the contest with the song “Ding Dong”, without making it to the final. Last year, she was among the singers that sang as an Interval Act for Eurovision. In 2019, she also collaborated with fellow Eurovision winner Charlotte Perrelli, releasing the song “Diva To Diva”.

What do you think about the song? What do you think about the artist? Let us know on the comment box below.

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