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LexC
post Mar 12 2019, 01:42 PM
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To mark the occasion of Israel being the host nation this year and to bridge the gap between now and the festivities beginning in Tel Aviv, it's time to have ourselves a competition to discover the best Israeli eurovision song of all time. Because Israel have got a plethora of gems in their back catalogue from disco to pop stompers to the signature Israeli power ballads. Plus, you'll come to see, a good helping of the downright weird! They're members of the very exclusive "winning while hosting" club, they have the record for most participations without ever coming last (we'll see if they still have that record next year!) they gave Eurovision its first trans winner in 1998 and, owing to their unique place in world history and political geography, controversy is usually never very far away from them. You'll find many songs here with layered meanings about the state of Israel/the Jewish people's survival, rallying feminist chicken noises, pleas for world peace and understanding, actual Hebrew prayer songs and one song telling us to "BE HAPPY!"

1973: Ilanit - Ey Sham
1974: Kaveret - Natati La Khayay
1975: Shlomo Artzi - At Va'Ani
1976: Chocolate, Menta, Mastik - Emor Shalom
1977: Ilanit - Ahava Hi Shir Lishnayim
1978: Izhar Cohen & Alphabeta - A-Ba-Ni-Bi
1979: Gali Atari & Milk and Honey - Hallelujah
1981: Hakol Over Habibi - Halayla
1982: Avi Toledano - Hora
1983: Ofra Haza - Hi
1985: Izhar Cohen - Ole, Ole
1986: Moti Giladi & Sarai Tzuriel - Yavo Yom
1987: Lazy Bums - Shir Habatlanim
1988: Yardena Arazi - Ben Adam
1989: Gili & Galit - Derekh Hamelekh
1990: Rita - Shara Barkhovot
1991: Duo Datz - Kan
1992: Dadna Dekel - Ze Rak Sport
1993: Sarah'le Sharon & The Shiru Group - Shiru
1995: Liora - Amen
1996: Galit Bell - Shalom Olam
1998: Dana International - Diva
1999: Eden - Yom Huledet (Happy Birthday)
2000: PingPong - Sameach
2001: Tal Sondak - En Davar
2002: Sarit Hadad - Light A Candle
2003: Lior Narkis - Milim La'Ahava
2004: David D'Or - Leha'amin
2005: Shiri Maimon - HaSheket SheNish'ar/The Silence That Remains
2006: Eddie Butler - Together We Are One
2007: Teapacks - Push The Button
2008: Bo'az Ma'uda - The Fire In Your Eyes
2009: Noa & Mira Awad - There Must Be Another Way
2010: Harel Skaat - Milim
2011: Dana International - Ding Dong
2012: Izabo - Time
2013: Moran Mazor - Rak bishvilo
2014: Mei Finegold - Same Heart
2015: Nadav Guedj - Golden Boy
2016: Hovi Star - Made Of Stars
2017: IMRI - I Feel Alive
2018: Netta - Toy

Now since there's a lot of songs to get through, we're gonna be voting using the "18 points" system which, if you aren't familiar, works like this

18 - your favourite
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1 - your fifteenth favourite

PM me your votes by close of play/23:59 GMT Friday 12th April - i.e. "Brexit Day". Results will come at some point that weekend/early the next week.
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post Mar 12 2019, 02:04 PM
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Ooh yes!

For ones among the non-obvious, you guys better not sleep on Amen. It's heavenly and I know that's the most groanworthy way to describe it but just listen to it!

I also suspect among the ones I'm not so familiar with (mostly lesser known 70s/80s ones) there's potential for some really good ones because I love a good narrative/message song and Israel rarely lack for that.
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post Mar 12 2019, 02:32 PM
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'Amen' really is a masterstroke of "YOU WILL VOTE FOR THIS!" balladry.

The flipside of that is probably "Light A Candle" which is basically every criticism you could level at Russia's post ~p r o b l e m a t i c~ world event entries but without a Scandi songwriter on hand to make it at least a passable song.
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post Mar 12 2019, 06:09 PM
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anyone not voting for HaSheket SheNish'ar will be getting a STERN TALKING TO
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post Mar 12 2019, 06:16 PM
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Same Heart better not be done as dirty as it was in the actual contest....
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post Mar 28 2019, 10:32 PM
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In light of receiving ZERO votes for this so far (deadline's extended u lazy bitches), how would people feel about a potential plug session of all of these?
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