There are just 60 days left before the Eurovision 2019 shows kick off and Israeli broadcaster KAN remains tight-lipped about much of the contest — especially when it comes to the interval acts for all three shows.
Last week we published details that Madonna might not perform owing to creative differences about her “controversial” song choice. But no details have emerged since then.
Putting the Material Girl to the side, it seems that Israel has plenty of other big plans. According to reports in Israeli media, all of Israel’s former Eurovision winners are set to take part in Tel Aviv. It’s not clear whether this will happen during the Semi-Finals, Grand Final or both. It’s also uncertain when in the show they will perform. It’s heavily rumoured that Dana International will open the Grand Final on 18 May.
It’s led the media to openly speculate whether this buffet of winners will happen on top of Madonna’s appearance or whether it’s to fill the gap created by Madonna’s potential withdrawal.
Israel’s Eurovision winners
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Israel’s winning history in the contest, here’s a rundown.
- Izhar Cohen represented Israel in Paris in 1978 and brought home its first trophy only six years after Israel debuted in the contest.
- Israel hosted the song contest in Jerusalem a year later and won again with Milk & Honey and Gali Atari, who still has a very active career.
- Twenty years later in 1998, it was the unforgettable “Diva” Dana International who brought Israel its third victory in Birmingham.
- Last but not least was Netta, who blew off the roof in the Altice Arena to bring Eurovision to the holy land after another twenty years.
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