Israel 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).

Final

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]

Draw Artist Song Votes 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 Chitman « 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
Jury votes
Song Be’er Tuvia Haifa Kiryat Malakhi Jerusalem Kfar Masaryk Tel Aviv Netanya Total
Shir amelim 1 6 8 3 5 2 5 30
Hu yavoh 8 3 6 10 3 30
Mila ve od mila 7 10 2 7 6 8 12 52
Be’chol yom 6 6
Od nagi’a 12 7 10 10 7 7 8 61
Ha’tfila 3 1 1 2 4 11
Hazor 5 5 3 4 17
Tnu li rak musica 2 4 6 1 1 2 16
Yad be’yad 5 5
Kmo tzoani 10 12 7 8 8 10 10 65
Shuv ani levad 2 2
Olé olé 6 8 12 12 12 12 7 69
Tov 4 5 5 1 4 1 20
Hilulah 2 4 4 3 3 6 22

At Eurovision

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]

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