Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2004

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Eurovision Song Contest 2004
Country  Israel
National selection
Selection process Artist: Internal Selection
Song: National Final
Selection date(s) Artist: November 2003
Song: 5 February 2004
Selected entrant David D'Or
Selected song "Leha'amin"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Failed to qualify (11th, 57 points)
Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest
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David D'Or at Istanbul (2004)

Israel was represented in the Eurovision by David D'Or who sang the bilingual English / Hebrew song "Leha'amin" (Hebrew script: להאמין; English translation: "To Believe")

In November 2003, the Israel Broadcasting Authority (the "IBA") chose D'Or to represent the country in the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest in Istanbul. The song was co-written by D'Or and Ehud Manor.[1]

Selection during program "Israel Selects a Song"[edit]

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.[2] 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. "Leha'amin" won 60% of the jury's vote, and 66% of the viewers' televotes.[3]


David D'Or performed his song in the semi-final receiving 57 points which was not enough to qualify for the finals.

Points Awarded by Israel[4][edit]

Points Awarded to Israel (Semi-Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point


  1. ^ "Israeli lyricist Ehud Manor passes away at age 64". April 12, 2005. Archived from the original on July 10, 2011. Retrieved May 6, 2009. 
  2. ^ "News". May 5, 2004. Retrieved May 7, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Israeli entry chosen; David D'Or will sing Leha'amin in Istanbul for Israel". February 5, 2005. Retrieved May 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2004