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Israeli singer Eden Alene. Source: YouTube/Screenshot.

Israel releases revamped 2021 Eurovision entry

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Singer Eden Alene will represent Israel at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest with her song, “Set Me Free.” A new video featuring a revamped version of the song was released on Friday. Alene was scheduled to represent Israel...
Netta Barzalai. Credit: FIDF.

Netta Barzilai to join Simon Cowell on judges panel for ‘The X Factor Israel’

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Israeli Eurovision winner Netta Barzilai has been cast as a judge in the new season of “The X Factor Israel,” joining the legendary British judge Simon Cowell, who will appear for the first time on a version...
Eden Alene, winner of the reality show “The Next Star to Eurovision,” during finals in Neve Ilan studio near Jerusalem on Feb. 4, 2020. Photo by Shlomi Cohen/Flash90.

Eden Alene reveals song she plans to sing to represent Israel in Eurovision 2020

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Eden Alene, the Israeli teen selected to represent Israel in the Eurovision international song contest this year, unveiled the track she plans to sing in the competition on May 16 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The song is titled...
Eden Alene, winner of the reality show “The Next Star to Eurovision,” during finals in Neve Ilan studio near Jerusalem on Feb. 4, 2020. Photo by Shlomi Cohen/Flash90.

First Ethiopian Israeli chosen to represent Israel in 2020 Eurovision song contest

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Teenager Eden Alene is first Ethiopian-Israeli chosen to compete on behalf of Israel in the Eurovision international song contest, set for May 16 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. On Tuesday night, the 19-year-old won Israel’s reality...
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge walks with Eurovision Song Contest 2018 winner Netta Barzilai on Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv on June 27, 2018. Photo by Marc Israel Sellem/POOL.

A new kind of ambassador: The rise of Israel’s Shalva Band and Netta Barzilai

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As the Shalva Band and 2018 Eurovision Song Contest winner Netta Barzilai redefine what it means to be beautiful and successful, perhaps they are, at the same time, redefining what it means to be...
Some 2,500 Masa fellows, alumni and professionals from 40 countries gathered at Ra’anana Park Amphitheater in Israel to celebrate the launch of the 2019-20 programming year and the organization’s 50th anniversary. Photo by Ran Biran.

Thousands bridge countries and cultures, kicking off new year of Masa programs

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As many as 2,500 Masa fellows, alumni and professionals from 40 countries gathered at Ra’anana Park Amphitheater in Israel to celebrate the launch of the 2019-20 programming year and the organization’s 50th anniversary. In addition...
Winner of the Eurovision 2018 Song Contest Netta Barzilai preforms at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on May 14, 2018. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

Masa’s opening event in Israel to feature Eurovision winner Netta Barzilai

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Thousands of Masa Israel Journey fellows, alumni and professionals from around the world will gather at Ra’anana Park Amphitheater in Israel on Oct. 28 from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. to celebrate the launch...
Miki from Spain performs during a rehearsal ahead of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv on May 13, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

At this year’s Eurovision, it was really Israel up on stage

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The Eurovision Song Contest may be over for this year, but as the stage in Tel Aviv’s International Convention Center is dismantled the event’s true significance is only becoming clearer. The entire world knows how...
Miki from Spain performs during a rehearsal ahead of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv on May 13, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Hackers interrupt Eurovision broadcast with fake missile warning from Israeli military

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Hackers interrupted the Eurovision Song Contest broadcast on the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (Kan) website Tuesday, streaming a fake Israel Defense Forces’ video message warning all viewers near the contest venue to immediately seek...
Madonna performing during her MDNA Tour 2012 at Key Arena in Seattle. Credit: Ronald Woan via Wikimedia Commons.

Madonna pushes back against BDS pressure to boycott Eurovision

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In a statement to Reuters today, popular music icon Madonna pushed back against Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) pressure to boycott the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, where she is scheduled to make a...