Was song the kiss of death?

ISRAEL was missing from the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin for the first time in eight years on Saturday night.

Michael Ben David failed to make it after performing his song I.M. in the semi-final on Thursday.

Some people, though, have claimed that Ben David, who worked in grocery during the pandemic, was disqualified because of his behaviour.

In the Green Room, Ben David waved an Israeli flag, tried to kiss host Laura Pasini and then kissed host Alessandro Cattelan on the cheek.

The next day, a mistranslation of a reporter’s question led to reports he’d been kicked out.

We are pleased to report that Ben David wasn’t disqualified — he was just saddled with a not-very-good song.

Israel helps the winners

DESPITE Israel’s flop at the Eurovision Song Contest, the country can claim some of the spotlight.

That’s because Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra filmed its introductory ‘postcard’ in Israel.

The Ukrainians, who won with Stefania, filmed at the headquarters of the Jewish Agency in Jerusalem, in the room where Chaim Weizmann was sworn in as Israel’s first president.

The final video does not feature Israel in any way as the band was filmed on green screen, so you’ll just have to take our word for it.

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