|Eurovision Song Contest 2004 entry|
|Composer(s)||David D'Or, Ofer Meiri|
|◄ "Words for Love" (2003)|
|"HaSheket SheNish'ar" (2005) ►|
In November 2003, the Israel Broadcasting Authority (the "IBA") chose D'Or to represent the country in the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest. D'Or represented Israel in the contest in Istanbul, with the song "Leha'amin" (To Believe), which he co-wrote with Ehud Manor. The song is a ballad, with D'Or singing about the need to maintain faith in the basic goodness of humanity, despite considerable evidence to the contrary.
The song was chosen on February 5, 2004, in voting during the program "Israel Selects a Song," held during a break in a televised Maccabi Tel Aviv Euroleague basketball game at which videos of four songs sung by D'Or were shown. The vote was by both a special IBA Eurovision Committee (including prior Israeli entrants Lior Narkis and Gali Atari), which accounted for 40% of the vote, and a televote by viewers, who accounted for the remaining 60% of the vote. The basketball game attracted 13.7% of Israeli TV viewers. The song won 60% of the jury's vote, and 66% of the viewers' televotes.
During Eurovision rehearsal week D'Or left Istanbul to be with his father, who was suffering from diabetes and had been rushed to a hospital, where one of his legs had to be amputated. D'Or then returned to Istanbul to perform on May 12, 2004. (His father has since died.)
As Israel had not finished in the top 10 at the 2003 Contest, the song was performed in the semifinal. Here, it was performed fifth, following Latvia's Fomins & Kleins with "Dziesma par laimi", and preceding Andorra's Marta Roure with "Jugarem a estimar-nos". It received 57 points, placing 11th in a field of 22, while 19% of Israeli viewers watched on television. and missing out on qualification for the final by one position – thus requiring Israel to qualify from the semifinal at their next Contest appearance.
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Milim La'Ahava (Words for Love) – Lior Narkis
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HaSheket SheNish'ar – Shiri Maimon
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