Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 1985

Israel was represented by the artist Izhar Cohen, with the song "Olé, Olé", at the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest, which took place on 4 May in Gothenburg, Sweden. "Olé, Olé" was the winner of the Israeli national final, held on 28 March. This was the second time Cohen was with in Eurovision Song Contest last time Cohen was with in ESC was in 1978 with Alphabeta with the song A-Ba-Ni-Bi (I love you).

Eurovision Song Contest 1985
Country Israel
National selection
Selection processKdam Eurovision 1985
Selection date(s)28 March 1985
Selected entrantIzhar Cohen
Selected song"Olé, Olé"
Finals performance
Final result5th, 93 points
Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Before EurovisionEdit

Kdam Eurovision 1985Edit

The final was held at the Binyaney Ha'uma in Jerusalem, hosted by Dalia Mazor and Nathan Datner. 14 songs took part and the winner was chosen by the votes of 7 regional juries.[1]

Final – 28 March 1985
Draw Artist Song (English translation) Points Place
1 Lea Lupatin "Shir amelim" (Workers' song) 30 5
2 Arba Lev Adom "Hu yavoh" (He will come) 30 5
3 Arik Sinai "Mila ve od mila" (A word and another word) 52 4
4 Corinne Alal "Be'chol yom" (Each day) 6 12
5 Yardena Arazi "Od nagi'a" (We will get there) 61 3
6 Shalva Berti "Ha'tfila" (The prayer) 11 11
7 Dalit Kahana "Hazor" (Come back) 17 9
8 Shimi Tavori "Tnu li rak musica" (Just give me music) 16 10
9 Casino "Yad be'yad" (Hand in hand) 5 13
10 Yigal Bashan & Uzi Hitman "Kmo tzoani" (Like a gypsy) 65 2
11 Moni Arnon & Shimshon Levi "Shuv ani levad" (I'm alone again) 2 14
12 Izhar Cohen "Olé, olé" (Going up and up) 69 1
13 Kesem "Tov" (Good) 20 8
14 Doron Mazar "Hilulah" (The party) 21 7


At EurovisionEdit

On the night of the final Cohen performed 11th in the running order, following Germany and preceding Italy. At the close of voting, "Olé, Olé" had received 93 points, placing Israel 5th of the 19. The Israeli jury awarded its 12 points to Norway.[2]

Points awarded by IsraelEdit

12 points   Norway
10 points   Austria
8 points   Ireland
7 points   Germany
6 points   Sweden
5 points   Luxembourg
4 points   Italy
3 points   France
2 points   United Kingdom
1 point   Finland
Points awarded to Israel
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

See alsoEdit