For the Eurovision Song Contest 1998, Israel was represented by Dana International with the song "Diva".
An IBA committee voted on five potential entries, which the song "Diva", performed by Dana International received the most points and thus represented Israel at the 1998 contest.
In the contest, it received 172 points and finished in first place.
Points awarded to Israel
Points awarded by Israel
"Diva" was one of fourteen Eurovision songs selected by fans to participate in the Congratulations 50th anniversary show in 2005. It was both the only entry from the '90s and the only Israeli entry to appear in the main competition. The song was drawn to perform third, following "What's Another Year?" by Johnny Logan and preceding "Eres tú" by Mocedades. Like the other acts that night, "Diva" was represented by dancers performing alongside footage of Dana International's original performance from 1998, with Dana herself appearing to lip-sync to the ending of the song and introduce the next act. She would appear later in the show to perform an English version of Baccara's "Parlez-vous français?" during a medley of Eurovision favorites.
At the end of the first round, "Diva" was not among the five songs proceeding to the final round. It was later revealed that "Diva" finished thirteenth with 39 points. It received a sole 12 points from Israel themselves, who (unlike in standard Eurovision ions) were allowed to vote for their own entry. In the second round, Israel gave its twelve points (as it did in 1976) to Brotherhood of Man with "Save Your Kisses for Me."
Points awarded to "Diva" (Congratulations)
Points awarded by Israel (Congratulations)
||"Save Your Kisses for Me"
||"Hold Me Now"
||"Nel blu dipinto di blu"
||"My Number One"
- ^ "National Final: Israel 1998". eschistory.
- ^ Spain originally gave its 12 points to Israel and 10 to Norway. After the broadcast it was announced that Spanish broadcaster wrongly tallied the votes and Germany should have got the top mark - 12 points - instead of being snubbed, as it happened. The mistake was corrected and so Germany was placed 7th over Norway. Israel and Norway both received 2 points less than originally and Croatia, Malta, Portugal, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Estonia and Turkey all received one point less than indicated during the broadcast.
- ^ a b Eurovision Song Contest 1998