Israel has been represented frequently at the Eurovision Song Contest, the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) being a member organization of the European Broadcasting Union which is responsible for the occasion. RT. Their entry, "Hallelujah," was composed by Kobi Oshrat (who also conducted the orchestra), written by Shimrit Orr [he], and performed by Milk and Honey (made up of Gali Atari, Shmulik Bilu, Reuven Gavritz, and Yehuda Tamir). The Israeli Broadcasting Authority (IBA) had the honor of organizing the 1979 contest following Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta's victory in Paris with "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" the year prior. "Aleluia, venceu o balão de Israel", Diário de Lisboa, 2 April 1979, Grandprix-Skandal in Jerusalem?, Thuner Tagblatt, 31 March 1979, "An interview with Dov Ben David on the preparations for the Eurovision in Jerusalem", "Comentadores Do ESC – escportugalforum.pt.vu | o forum eurovisivo português", "Selostajat ja taustalaulajat läpi vuosien? Today we will take a close look at the 1979 edition. During the voting announcement, due to a misunderstanding by the presenter Yardena Arazi, Spain appeared to award 10 points to both Portugal and Israel and these scores were added to the scoreboard. Israel has won the Eurovision Song Contest four times. BC The Archaeology of the Bible Lands by Magnus Magnusson. Gali Atari and Milk and Honey, winners of the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest Credit: Fin Costello / Redferns / Getty A year earlier, Israel had been surprised when “A-Ba-Ni-Bi,” the disco hit by Ehud Manor and Nurit Hirsch about children who sing in a Hebrew Pig Latin, won in Paris and brought Eurovision to Jerusalem. With Izhar Cohen and The Alphabeta winning in 1978, the contest travelled to Jerusalem, Israel where 19 countries participated. It was a major undertaking for the network, especially considering they had only just started occasional color broadcasts, but the opportunity would not be wasted. After the programme, verification confirmed that Portugal should only have received six points, leaving the total Portuguese score reduced by four points to 64. Each national broadcaster also sent a commentator to the contest, in order to provide coverage of the contest in their own native language. The Eurovision Song Contest travelled to Jerusalem in 1979 where Israel won the competition for the second time in a row. Betty Missiego represented Spain at the Eurovision Song Contest 1979 in Israel with the song Su Canción. 24. Jerusalem played the proud host of the annual event in 1979. 2019 will mean Israel will have hosted the event every 20 years: 1979 / 1999 / 2019. Given his limited experience as a conductor, he did little more than count the beat alongside the metronome, but with more experience he would go on to conduct the Israeli entry in four more international finals (1985, 1987, 1991, and 1992; he also composed the 1985 and 1992 entries). Nineteen out of the twenty countries that participated in 1978 also participated, with the exception of Turkey, which withdrew after Arab countries pressured it into not participating in Israel. euronews (in English) 0:51. It was held on 31 March 1979 in Jerusalem, Israel, following the country's win at the 1978 edition. Peron with the song "Seviyorum" ("I'm Loving"). Eurovision in Israel is finally over. Milk & Honey - HallelujahEurovision Song Contest 1979 Israel Israel has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 42 times since making its debut in 1973.Israel was able to enter the contest as the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) was an active member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which is responsible for the event. The first singer ever to represent us was Ilanit, with "Ey Sham". The year was 1998, and Israel had not had a winner in Eurovision since 1979. The contest was held in Jerusalem, Israel. [5] Milk and Honey, with Leah Lupatin filling in for Atari, would compete together again at the 1981 and 1989 national selections, while Yehuda Tamir would attempt a solo return in 1986. At some point during the thriller voting, Spain was in the lead with 1 point, ahead of Israel. Israel participated in, hosted, and won the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest, which was held on 31 March 1979 at the International Convention Center's Ussishkin Auditorium in Jerusalem. In terms of winning songs, Israel is among the most successful countries in Eurovision Israel has produced four Eurovision winners: Izhar Cohen & the Alphabeta (1978), Gali Atari & Milk and Honey (1979), Dana International (1998) and Netta (2018). The eventual winner, "Hallelujah," had taken a long road in getting to the Festival: composer Kobi Oshrat had submitted it to the 1978 national final committee, but it was rejected, and was similarly rejected by international festivals in Chile and Japan. In the ancient cuneiform, Jerusalem was called "Urusalima", meaning "City of Peace", during the early Canaanite period (approximately 2400 BC). As we already know, Israel won the competition in 1978, meaning the contest took place here the following year. Israel's first appearance at the contest in 1973 was successful, with Ilanit … The winner was Israel with the song "Hallelujah", performed by Milk and Honey. Take a look back at some of the triumphant (and less well deserved) winners ... 1979 – Israel… Israel debuted at the Eurovision in 1973 and has won the event 4 times (1978, 1979, 1998, 2018) and has hosted the competition thrice (Jerusalem 1979, 1999 and Tel Aviv 2019). In 1980, following Israel’s double-win, Israel had to withdraw from the edition, which has held in The Hague. Israel won with the song Hallelujah by Milk and Honey. We were off to a good start, and after six years we got our first two Eurovision winners, one right after the other. 24. Listen to and view all results and performances. It marks Israel's fourth Eurovision win along with 1978, 1979 and 1998. The Eurovision Song Contest 1979 was the 24th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. The stage concept designed by Dov Ben David, inside the stage there is an moving symbol which based on Israeli Broadcast Authority logo. "Hallelujah" has lived on as a Eurovision standard in the years following its win. The song was performed for Israel by Izhar Cohen and Alphabeta. In 1978 and 1979 – the years of Israel’s first and second Eurovision wins – the songs and performers were winners of the Israel Song Festival. Israel has won the contest four times, and has hosted the contest in Jerusalem twice in 1979 and 1999. • Viisukuppila", "Unterhaltungssendungen im Fernsehen Max Schautzer – Die offizielle Homepage", "Η Μακώ Γεωργιάδου και η EUROVISION (1970–1986)", "Welkom op de site van Eurovision Artists", "Hvem kommenterte før Jostein Pedersen? Israel first joined the Eurovision Song Contest in 1973. Considering the unexpected but resounding success the IBA found in reformatting the annual Israel Song Festival as a Eurovision national final the year before, it was only logical that they use it again to select their 1979 entry, which would additionally have the honor of being Israel's host entry in Jerusalem. Israel has won the contest four times, and has hosted the contest in Jerusalem twice in 1979 and 1999. Both Hakol Over Habibi and Pick would get their moments at Eurovision eventually: the former would represent Israel on their return to the contest in 1981, and the latter, after competing in many Israeli selection shows, would go on to write the Dana International song "Diva" with Yoav Ginai, which won the 1998 contest. The group (with Lupatin) also reunited to perform "Hallelujah" at the 1981 Songs of Europe anniversary concert in Norway, with Oshrat once again leading the orchestra. Eurovision Song Contest Jerusalem, Israel March 31, 1979 After Israel’s victory the year before, the contest moved outside of Europe for the first time in its history. Izhar Cohen and Alphabeta in 1978 and Milk and Honey in 1979 took part in the Israel Song Festival (Festival HaZemer VeHaPizmon), emerged as winners of the preselection, and went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest. The 24th Eurovision Song Contest was held outside the geographical area of Europe for the first time. The real winner of Eurovision was Israel Israel can feel vindicated on every level. Israel and Morocco’s lack of diplomatic relations has had a great effect on Morocco’s participation in the contest. Continuing "Hallelujah"'s long history of narrow victories, Israel were neck-in-neck with Spain's Betty Missiego and "Su canción" for most of the voting. The IBA participated for the first time in 1973 and since then Israel has participated a further 34 times, winning the contest on three occasions: in 1978, 1979, and 1998. The national final was held on 27 January 1979 in the International Convention Center, which would also serve as the venue for the international final two months later. 1978 - Israel Izhar Cohen, "A-ba-ni-bi" "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" was the winning song in the 1978 ESC. The original opening trailer of the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest which was held in Jerusalem, on the 31st of March 1979. [4] Oshrat and manager Shlomo Zach decided to organize a new group mimicking Hakol Over Habibi's "three men and a woman" lineup to perform the song after it was approved to compete in the 1979 Song Festival, and thus, Milk and Honey was born. We will look at songs and singers, hosts, gossip, interesting stories and funny incidents. Israeli Gali Atari (center), who won Eurovision in 1979 sings with other Eurovision winners at a rehearsal for the contest in Tel Aviv on May 17. The Eurovision Song Contest is organized by the European Broadcasting Union, the world's foremost alliance of public service media, representing 116 member organizations in 56 countries and an additional 34 Associates in Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Americas. Take a look back at some of the triumphant (and less well deserved ... 1979 – Israel. 2003. Eurovision Song Contest 1979 After… The song narrowly defeated Svika Pick's "Ein li ish milvadi" by two points from the regional juries to seal its ticket to the international final. Dutch broadcaster NOS stepped in to host the following year's contest in The Hague, but due to the eventual decided date coinciding with Yom HaZikaron (the Israeli Day of Remembrance), the reigning champions became the first and only to not return to defend their title the following year. Spain ended up giving Israel 10 points, causing the crowd to erupt into enormous cheers. Eurovision Through the Years – In this series I will (in irregular time intervals and non-chronologically) present a year of the Eurovision Song Contest. This was the last year in which the points were announced via order of appearance, as opposed to order of preference. Israel participated in, hosted, and won the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest, which was held on 31 March 1979 at the International Convention Centers Ussishkin Auditorium in Jerusalem. Israel just chose which singer to send to represent the country in # Eurovision 2018.. Broadcasters, commentators and spokespersons. The winner was Israel (again) for the 2nd running year; The song, "Hallelujah", became one of the most recognizable winners of the Eurovision Song Contest ever, and certainly one of the most famous Israeli songs in history. But the Spanish gave 10 points to I… The presenters were Daniel Pe'er and Yardena Arazi. Out of fear of terroristic attacks by … Milk and Honey eventually won the national selection, and went on to also win the Eurovision Song Contest 1979. One of the best parts about winning the Eurovision is the opportunity to host the event the following year. The original opening trailer of the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest which was held in Jerusalem, on the 31st of March 1979. It was hosted by Rivka Michaeli.[1]. "Hallelujah" proved to be a major international success, reaching the top ten of nine international charts and peaking at #1 in five (Finland, Ireland, Israel, Norway, and Sweden). All but two countries voted for "Hallelujah" (Germany and Italy), and six (Finland, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, and the United Kingdom) awarded Israel twelve points. Who gave points to Israel at Eurovision 1979? Denmark's folksy ballad wins Eurovision. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90 Share [2] It is considered holy to the three major Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity and Islam. With the exception of Songs of Europe, the majority of live performances (particularly those in connection to Eurovision) have been by Atari, who has performed the song at Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest (2005), the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest (as part of the "Switch Song" medley, alongside Conchita Wurst, Måns Zelmerlöw, Eleni Foureira, and Verka Serduchka), Het Grote Songfestivalfeest (2019, alongside hosts Tim Douwsma and Buddy Vedder), and Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light (2020, alongside veterans of the Junior Songfestival, the Dutch Junior Eurovision selection show). Their entry, "Hallelujah," was composed by Kobi Oshrat (who also conducted the orchestra), written by Shimrit Orr [he], and performed by Milk and Honey (made up of Gali Atari, Shmulik Bilu, Reuven Gavritz, and Yehuda Tamir). The Eurovision Song Contest travelled to Jerusalem in 1979 where Israel won the competition for the second time in a row. Instead, she sang it with renowned Eurovision winners and runner-ups Conchita Wurst, Måns Zelmerlöw, Eleni Foureira and Verka Serduchka. [Ab Eb Cm Fm Ebm Db Gb Bbm Gm F D Em E A Gbm Dbm Dm Bm Bb Abm B] Chords for Israel 1979 Eurovision - Hallelujah + lyrics - Winning song with capo transposer, play along with guitar, piano, ukulele & … "Hallelujah" was succeeded as winner by Ireland's Johnny Logan with "What's Another Year" and as the Israeli entry by Hakol Over Habibi with "Halayla" in 1981. Israel has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 38 times since making its debut in 1973.Israel is able to enter the contest as the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) is a member organisation of the European Broadcasting Union, which is responsible for the event.Israel has won the contest three times. The results for Eurovision Song Contest 1979. The group only had one other international hit, "Goodbye New York". For the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest, it had to travel a bit further; outside the geographical area of Europe even. Nevertheless, she competed and won. His big success came in 1978 when he won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song A-Ba-Ni-Bi, providing Israel with its first ever victory in the competition. – Debattforum", "FORO FESTIVAL DE EUROVISIÓN • Ver Tema – Uribarri comentarista Eurovision 2010", "Grand Final: 1979, 1979, Eurovision Song Contest", Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Eurovision_Song_Contest_1979&oldid=992034749, Pages using collapsible list with both background and text-align in titlestyle, Official website different in Wikidata and Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Each country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs, Finland, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom, This page was last edited on 3 December 2020, at 03:29. Each performance had a conductor who conducted the orchestra.[5][6]. This feat would not be repeated again until Ireland's hat-trick of victories in the 1990s. Israel gained a good lead in the early stages of the voting, but Spain eventually caught up and took a good lead themselves. The song initially ran over the three-minute time limit, putting Israel in danger of having their own host entry disqualified, but the omission of a repeated refrain brought it within EBU requirements. It was held on 31 March 1979 in Jerusalem, Israel, following the country's win at the 1978 edition. [2][3] It was originally intended to be performed by Hakol Over Habibi, but lead singer Shlomit Aharon disliked the song and threatened to quit the group if they agreed to perform it. Eurovision Song Contest ~ Israel 1979 Winner (SD) - YouTube The following tables reflect the confirmed, verified scores, which were adjusted after the live broadcast. [Ab Eb Cm Fm Ebm Db Gb Bbm Gm F D Em E A Gbm Dbm Dm Bm Bb Abm B] Chords for Israel 1979 Eurovision - Hallelujah + lyrics - Winning song with capo transposer, play along with guitar, piano, ukulele & … This was a hit and put Israel firmly on the musical map of Europe and brought the contest to Jerusalem in 1979, where Israel won again. History. It was held at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem. From the Hebrew closing credits of the original Israeli broadcast. Sextiosex låtar har vunnit Eurovision Song Contest, en årlig tävling organiserad av medlemsländerna i den Europeiska radio- och TV-unionen.Tävlingen, som sänds varje år sedan dess debut 1956, är en av de längst pågående tv-programmen i världen. Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final: Listed below is the order in which votes were cast during the 1979 contest along with the spokesperson who was responsible for announcing the votes for their respective country.[9]. 0:58. Eurovision: Winners list in full from Abba to Bucks Fizz and Loreen. Tamir and Gavritz would accompany 1979 co-host Yardena Arazi on her Eurovision comeback in 1988, with the song "Ben Adam." According to official singles sales charts, the song reached the top in Israel. Their entry, Hallelujah, was composed by Kobi Oshrat, written by Shimrit Orr, and performed by Milk and Honey. Yugoslavia, who missed the 1978 Contest, also didn't want to take part nor transmit the 1979 show for political reasons. Israel has won the Eurovision Song Contest four times. Izhar Cohen and Alphabeta in 1978 and Milk and Honey in 1979 took part in the Israel Song Festival (Festival HaZemer VeHaPizmon), emerged as winners of the preselection, and went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest. "Hallelujah" peaked in the UK Singles Chart at #5 in April 1979. The group recorded versions in English, German, French, and Dutch, and there have also been recordings in Afrikaans and Czech by other artists. "Hallelujah: het goede liedje op de goede plaats op de goede tijd, Leidse Courant, 2 April 1979, Adriaens, Manu & Loeckx-Van Cauwenberge, Joken. In an unfortunate course of events, Turkey withdrew from the contest because quite a few Arab countries put pressure on them not to go to Israel. This was Israel's first Eurovision win, which meant under the rules of the contest that they would host the following year's contest, marking the first time that the Eurovision Song Contest would take place outside geographical Europe. Anne Marie David is one of the very few Eurovision winners to return to the Contest; in 1979 she represented her native France singing the song "Je suis l'enfant soleil" in Jerusalem and finished in third place after Israel's "Hallelujah" and Spain's "Su canción". Milk and Honey themselves, or at least the lineup that performed the song at Eurovision, were not to last: Gali Atari wished to pursue a solo career, and after scoring another international hit with "Goodbye New York," she left the group acrimoniously. Israel has won the Eurovision Song Contest four times. Israel has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 42 times since making its debut in 1973.Israel was able to enter the contest as the Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) was an active member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which is responsible for the event. The country would have appeared 11th on stage (between Israel and France), represented by Maria Rita Epik and 21. The IBA were unable to host the contest two years in a row, as they had already spent a considerable amount of money on the 1979 contest and feared they would go bankrupt if they tried to host again. Israel’s Eurovision winners For those of you who aren’t familiar with Israel’s winning history in the contest, here’s a rundown. Additionally, the song was performed at the end of the 1999 Eurovision Song Contest in Jerusalem by all that year's contestants, in tribute to the victims of the Balkan War, and by fellow 1979 contestant Anne-Marie David in Eurovision's Greatest Hits (2015). The voting climax that year was unforgettable: Spain was the last country to cast its votes and at that moment, Spain itself was in the lead, only 1 point ahead of Israel. (which was built like a lamp with 3 concentric rings) using a small projected model.[3]. 3:23. It marked the third occasion a country won two years in a row, following Spain themselves (in 1968 and 1969) and Luxembourg (in 1972 and 1973; coincidentally, Anne-Marie David, who had scored the second of Luxembourg's back-to-back wins, represented France that year and finished third behind Spain and Israel). Each country had a jury who awarded 12, 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 point(s) for their top ten songs. But in 1980 not only did Israel decline to do so, it also didn’t send a representative to defend its winner status abroad. But in 1981, IBA instituted a pre-Eurovision contest modeled after the international one, in which regional committees made up of locals from around the country would phone in their votes. In the end, Spain proved fair players: their jury awarded Israel ten points, sealing Israel's second consecutive victory. Milk and Honey - 'Hallelujah' - Israel - 1979 (No.1 - 5 weeks at peak - 9 weeks on chart) The oldest Eurovision winning song to reach the Top 10 in our list, ‘Hallelujah' by Milk and … Eurovision 1979 Israel Hallelujah Hebrew & Arabic Live 1980. pinkas99. The song was originally submitted by the composer Kobi Oshrat for the national Israeli selection for Eurovision Song Contest 1978, but was rejected as “the selection committee did not think ‘Hallelujah’ was strong enough.“It was also rejected by song festivals in Chile and Japan. It was held at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem. Israel themselves awarded twelve points to Denmark's Tommy Seebach with "Disco Tango.". While initial marks were promising for Israel and less so for Spain (three of the first six juries gave Israel twelve points, and four failed to award Spain any points), it wouldn't be long before the two would power past stiff competition from France and Germany to be very close contenders. At the close of the penultimate jury's votes, Israel were one point behind Spain, and only the Spanish jury had yet to give their votes. 1979 - Gali Atari & Milk and Honey (Israel) Gali Atari & Milk and Honey achieved a remarkable feat in 1979 when they won the Eurovision Song Contest, giving Israel their second victory with the song Hallelujah. At one point before the contest Turkey was going to participate. Eurovision Song Contest Jerusalem, Israel March 31, 1979 After Israel’s victory the year before, the contest moved outside of Europe for the first time in its history. Dana International, the Israeli winner in 1998 was chosen in an internal selection contest and not at Kdam. The Israel Song Festival was held as usual, leading many to suspect that the winning song, "Pizmon Hozer" by The Brothers & the Sisters, was going to represent Israel prior to their withdrawal; however, given that the Festival was organized and held after Israel had already announced their plans to withdraw, this would seem unlikely. Eurovision 1979 Israel - Milk & Honey - (1980 live Part 2) pinkas99. Israel was the winner of Eurovision 1979 with 125 points. Israel has participated a total of 41 times with it's first entry coming from Ilnit in 1973. Out of fear of terroristic attacks by the PLO, the security measures were extremely tight. Israeli singer Dana International, who had undergone a sex-change procedure in 1993, was selected to compete, sparking controversy from Orthodox and Conservative Jews, who tried to prevent her from representing Israel. BBC Publications London. As it happened, Spain were also the last to vote, and if they awarded Israel any points at all, they would win (even if they only awarded Israel one point, the count-back rules at the time in the event of a tie stated that the song with the most top scores would win; Israel ended the night with six to Spain's four). Russia wins Eurovision in Belgrade. Our ears can come back out of their hiding place and we can stop enthusing about the terrible music that we’ve been all been subjected to this past week. 3:53. The voting was extremely close. The 1979 contest was hosted by Daniel Pe'er and Yardena Arazi, formerly of 1976 representatives Chocolate, Menta, Mastik and a future entrant in her own right (as well as, allegedly, one of the acts who rejected the opportunity to perform "Hallelujah"). En 1979, l’évènement se déroula le samedi 31 mars 1979, au Binyanei Ha'Ooma, à Jérusalem.Les présentateurs de la soirée furent Yardena Arazi et Daniel Pe'er et le directeur musical, Izhak Graziani [11].Ce fut la première fois que le concours se tint dans une ville située en dehors du continent européen et ce fut la dernière fois que la finale eut lieu au mois de mars. Portugal Wins First Ever Eurovision. Izhar Cohen represented Israel in Paris in 1978 and brought home its first trophy only six years after Israel debuted in the contest. While the contest's musical director was Izhak Graziani, conductor of the IBA Radio and Television Orchestra, Oshrat himself sought the opportunity to lead the orchestra for his composition. When approached to revive the song she won Eurovision with at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, she refused to sing with her former teammates, Milk and Honey members Reuven Gvirtz, Shmulik Bilu and Yehuda Tamir. Israel – Israel has chosen Kobi Merimi to represent the host country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 after he won the HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion final tonight. As well as being broadcast live in the 19 competing countries, the contest was broadcast in Romania, Hong Kong and Iceland. Morocco’s history at Eurovision. Phewwwww. Note: Entries scored out are when Israel did not compete, Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest, "40th Anniversary of 'Hallelujah': The Song Which Almost Bankrupted Israel", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Israel_in_the_Eurovision_Song_Contest_1979&oldid=990831108, Countries in the Eurovision Song Contest 1979, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 26 November 2020, at 19:12. Nineteen out of the twenty countries that participated in 1978 also participated, with the exception of Turkey, which withdrew after Arab countries pressured it into not participating in Israel.[1]. However Turkey was forced to retire from the contest under pressure from Arab states who objected to a predominantly Muslim country taking part in a contest held in Israel.[4]. Oh, and we can of course congratulate Dutch winner Duncan Laurence. The Eurovision Song Contest 1979 was the 24th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. Blijven kiken!. Morocco took the occasion when Israel wasn’t there and debuted at the contest. The song convincingly won the Israeli final and went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest 1979 on home ground in Jerusalem, having come from behind on the final vote. The event was staged at the International Convention Center. Eurovision: Winners list in full from Abba to Bucks Fizz and Loreen. The event was staged at the International Convention Center. Israel performed tenth on the night of the contest, following Germany and preceding France. Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world. Het Eurovisiesongfestival 1978 was het drieëntwintigste Eurovisiesongfestival en vond plaats op 22 april 1978 in Parijs, Frankrijk.Het programma werd gepresenteerd door Denise Fabre en Léon Zitrone.Van de 20 deelnemende landen won Israël met het nummer "Abanibi", uitgevoerd door Izhar Cohen & The Alpha Beta.Dit lied kreeg 157 punten, 13,5% van het totale aantal punten. The song he will sing in Tel Aviv will not be revealed until 10th March, and will be performed in the Grand Final on 18th may 2019.. Especially for… Israel participated in, hosted, and won the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest, which was held on 31 March 1979 at the International Convention Center's Ussishkin Auditorium in Jerusalem. Izhar Cohen and Alphabeta in 1978 and Milk and Honey in 1979 took part in the Israel Song Festival (Festival HaZemer VeHaPizmon), emerged as winners of the preselection, and went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest. The presenters were Daniel Pe'er and Yardena Arazi. 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