ISRAEL – Moments ago Dana International the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest winner, revealed via Instagram and Facebook how the Grand Final will kick off. According to the queen of our hearts, a virtual airplane will land in Expo Tel Aviv and the participants will come across the stage under the annual flag parade (which some of us like it and some of us don’t see any use of it).
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BREAKING NEWS THIS IS HOW THE GRAND FINAL WILL ΚICK OFF A virtual airplane lands in expo Tel Aviv and delegations start to arrive on stage. @danainternational will welcome them with the song TEL AVIV YA HABIBI TEL AVIV and then the song will be turned into DIVA. Dana will be joined by @grahamnortonshowofficial @oikotimes @telaviv @eurovision #daretodream #eurovision #oikotimes
Dana International will accompany the participants’ parade singing the famous song “Tel Aviv Ya Habibi” known by Omer Adam featuring Arisa. Then the song wail turn into “Diva”,the song with which Dana international won the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest and literally changed the world of Eurovision.
This was Israel’s third time winning the Eurovision Song contest (after 1978 and 1979). The song became the last entry entirely in a language other than English to win the Contest until 2007. As the song did not have any live orchestral accompaniment, the interval act was the last time live music from an orchestra was used in the Contest, as the 1999 Contest lacked the necessary budget and was held in a venue not large enough to hold one.
The song was chosen in an internet poll conducted by the European Broadcasting Union in 2005 as one of the 14 most popular songs in the history of the Eurovision, and was one of the entrants in the Congratulations 50th anniversary concert in Copenhagen, Denmark, held in October 2005. It was re-enacted by Dana International along with six dancers equipped with giant feathered fans and a live orchestra as the original footage was shown in the background. Diva came 13th in the final voting.
Despite its legacy as a well remembered Eurovision winner, as of 2018 the song was unavailable on digital music platforms (with the sole exception of Scandinavia). Efforts were made to get the rights holders to release the song digitally; the efforts finally paid off, as on 11 April 2019 the English version of the song got released, with the Hebrew version to follow the week after.
At this point and having in mind that Dana International will open the Grand Final, let’s watch and remember how Dana International welcomed delegations at the Israel Calling 2017 party in Tel Aviv. The party did not took place this year as the city was already hosting the Eurovision Song Contest.