Imri Ziv, who represents Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “I Feel Alive” made it to the Eurovision Final, which will be aired Saturday, 3pm ECT (12pm PT) on “the gay channel,” Logo. Here’s everything you need to know.
Yesterday (Thursday) Imri took the stage in Kiyv and gave an electric performance in the second semi final of the competition, which gave him a ticket to tomorrow’s final. After his performance, Imri described the experience in one word, “euphoria!”
Despite hate groups that are calling to boycott Israel from Eurovision for political reasons, the Israeli entry is a Eurovision fans favorite. “You have an amazing singer and an amazing song,” Ula, a Eurovision fan from Norway, told Israeli news site Ynet. “Israel deserves to be in the top 10.”
After the news about the finalists came in, it was decided that the Israeli song will open the contest, song #1 at the running order of performances on Saturday. This will be the second year that the contest will be broadcast live in America, on Logo channel, with commentators Michelle Visage and Ross Mathews from ‘Rupaul’s Drag Race’.
“What exactly IS a Eurovision?” Eurovision, explained for Americans. (BuzzFeed)
Israel won Eurovision three times in the past: in 1978 Izhar Cohen with “A-Ba-Ni-Bi,” then again in 1979, Milk and Honey featuring Gali Atari with the song “Halelujah” and in 1998, Dana International with “Diva.” The closest Israel got to winning since 1998 was in 2005 with Shiri Maimon and “Hasheket Shenishar” leading the scoreboard during the results, but ended up in 4th place.
Watch Imri’s semi-final performance: