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Dana International is Israel’s choice for Eurovision

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March 9, 2011 | 10:22 am

Transgender pop diva Dana International will represent Israel at this year’s Eurovision song contest.

The Israeli music star won the chance to sing the Hebrew and English song “Ding Dong,” written by Zvika Pik, during a contest Tuesday night broadcast on Israeli television, where viewers voted for their choice. She won Eurovision in 1998 with the song “Diva,” also written by Pik.

Dana was known as Yaron Cohen before a sex change operation two decades ago.

Eurovision will be held May 14 in Dusseldorf, Germany. Dana will compete first in a semifinal two days earlier.

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