Dana International returns for Israel!
Hold on to your hats, people…the Diva is coming back! The Kdam, Israel’s national selection, was held this Tuesday, and the competition was pretty fierce. However, it might be physically impossible to “out-fierce” Dana International, who won Eurovision back in 1998. As I mentioned in my post about Israel last year, Dana is possibly the world’s most famous male-to-female transsexual, and her career has extended far beyond her Eurovision experience. She has released 8 albums, a few “best-of” collections, and was even one of the judges on Kokhav Nolad, the Israeli version of the “Idol” franchise, for two seasons.
Going up against nine other songs, Dana’s song “Ding Dong” won the ticket to Germany:
This will actually be Dana’s third trip to Eurovision, as she was the author of Boaz Mauda’s 2008 entry “Ke’ilu Kan“. I have an immense amount of respect for Dana, not only as a former Eurovision champion, but also for having come through the personal struggles that faced her as she made her physical transition. That being said, I don’t think that “Ding Dong” makes as much of an impact as “Diva” or “Ke’ilu Kan” did back in 1998 and 2008. The song is fun, and she will definitely garner votes for simply being the ESC legend that she is , but I don’t think that Dana International will become the next Johnny Logan (the only two-time winning singer in Eurovision history).
(As for the other songs in the Kdam, my personal favorite was the folksy, yet funky “Tu Du Du“, by Michael & Shimrit Greilsummer!)