A New Version from Israel (plus, Couture!)
As anticipated, Israel has released a new version of Dana International’s self-penned entry for Eurovision, “Ding Dong”.
I was never fully sold on “Ding Dong” to begin with. It paled in comparison to “Diva” and the rest of Dana’s solid catalog of work. Unfortunately, this new version doesn’t inspire me to change my mind. It will most likely be a hit at the Euroclub, but I’m underwhelmed as I listen to it at home. It feels like the producer decided to throw every audio trick in the book at it, and it makes it feel somewhat dated.
On the bright side, though, Dana and the rest of the Israeli delegation has decided to put one major decision in the hands of her fans: her onstage ensemble. She has picked a series of off-the-runway designs from renowned couturier Jean Paul Gaultier, and the public is invited to choose their favorite. (The site is in Hebrew, but it’s still pretty intuitive. Just scroll down to see the eight options, and vote for the one that flips your switch! I was a fan of the green woven number, personally…) Fans might remember that Dana has worn Gaultier designs earlier in her Eurovison career; she famously delayed her victory reprise in 1998 as she changed into a fabulous feathered number:
No matter how the song turns out, Dana will definitely bring a great show to the ESC this year, and letting the audience determine a major factor in the performance just goes to show how much the fans matter to the artists that perform at Eurovision. Todah, Dana!