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Israel's Euro triumph

by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2005-05-22



Israel has finished fourth at this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in the Ukranian capital Kiev on Saturday night.

Singer Shiri Maymon scored the first point of the contest with her ballad The Quiet That Remains, which was sung partly in Hebrew and partly in English. She went on to take an early lead but ultimately lost out to the favourites Greece, while Malta and Romania took second
and third place.

Despite missing out on a victory, however, Maymon scored a very respectable 154 points, giving Israel their biggest success at the contest since Dana International won it for them in 1998.

Their top ten placing means they will automatically qualify for next year's final, which will take place in Athens following Greece's win in Kiev.

However, it wasn't quite such a successful evening for the other Jewish performers at the contest. French representative Ortal (who is actually Israeli) finished second from last with her track Chacun Pense A Soi, while Javine's manager Jonathan Shallit must have been disappointed to see his client, who represented the UK with Touch My Fire, finish a lowly 22nd with just 18 points.