It’s back! After our break to cover the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, Eurovision Ireland is returning to its search for your all time favourite entries from countries across the continent, spanning the contest’s entire back catalogue – which as of 2022, is now over 1600 songs!
We started with the Best of the Big 5, then looked through Scandinavia and Western Europe – meaning you’ve chosen your favourites from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom! It’s now time to head further east than ever before. Our next set of countries includes Australia, Cyprus, Israel, Turkey and Greece – we’ve already crossed off Australia and Cyprus from our itinerary, next we’re off to 4 time Eurovision winners Israel!
Israel’s first foray into Eurovision in 1973 caused quite the stir but also resulted in a 4th place debut finish – proving very quickly that Israel would be one to watch at our beloved contest! Indeed, out of their first 10 entries Israel scored inside the Top 10 an amazing eight times, including five Top 5 placings and two back-to-back victories in 1978 and 1979 – and when you consider that the two songs that were outside the Top 10 came 11th, it goes to show Israel produce a sound Europe clearly loves! With 4 victories to their name, Israel ranks as one of Eurovision’s most successful countries and they’ve hosted Europe’s favourite party 3 times – curiously, all in years ending in 9!
Israel has entered 44 songs into the Eurovision Song Contest and as always we’ve split the songs between Odd and Even Years. This time round you’ll be voting for your favourite Israeli entries from Even Years – meaning songs that entered in years ending in 2, 4, 6, 8 and 0 – including the Eurovision that never was, 2020!
Our poll for Odd Years yielded this Top 10 last week:
- HaSheket SheNish’ar (2005) – 228 points
- Hallelujah (1979) – 216 points
- Hi (1983) – 155 points
- Ey Sham (1973) – 150 points
- Kan (1991) – 149 points
- Amen (1995) – 124 points
- Golden Boy (2015) – 117 points
- Olé, Olé (1985) – 101 points
- Set Me Free (2021) – 83 points
- Rak Bishvilo (2013) – 82 points
Your favourite not here? Take a look HERE to see where the other songs finished. Now it’s time to see who joins this Top 10 for the Israeli final next week!
REMEMBER! AS ALWAYS, YOU CAN VOTE FOR YOUR TOP 10!
DO NOT VOTE FOR JUST ONE! SPREAD THE LOVE AROUND!
Author: James Scanlan
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