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Israel's Eurovision flop

by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2007-05-11



Israel have been booted out of this year's Eurovision Song Contest after failing to qualify from the semi-final.

Their song, Push The Button performed by Teapacks, was one of 28 competing for 10 remaining places in Saturday's final in Helsinki.
"We have no complaints. We had fun, it was awesome," said lead singer Kobi Oz. "In any case I'm happy about the experience, and I'm really proud of us."

The punk-rap tune, about tyrannical world leaders with their fingers on the nuclear button, had caused controversy in the run-up to the contest due to the nature of its lyrics. Some had suggested it was about Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and his desire to destroy Israel.

Despite Push The Button being sung in French, English and Hebrew, it didn't provde to be a a hit with voters across Europe.
This means Israel will have to compete in the semi-final once again in 2008 to try and win a place in the final. Their exact position in the semi-final will be revealed on Saturday following the final.