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Diva was the Israeli entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 1998 in Birmingham performed by transgender artist Dana International.

It was performed 8th on the night following Poland and preceding Germany. At the close of voting, it was declared the winner with 174 points, giving Israel its 3rd victory, waiting nearly 20 years between wins.

Lyrics

Yesh isha gdola mehachaim
Yesh chushim sheyesh rak la
Yesh ksamim veyesh yamim kashim
Uvama shehi kula shela

Lamal'achim Diva hi imperia
Al habama Diva hi histeria
Hi kula shir ahava

Viva nari'a, viva Viktoria, Afrodita
Viva la Diva, viva Viktoria, Kleopatra

Yesh nashim – dma'ot shel hachaim
Hen yis'u tfila belo milim

Lamal'achim Diva hi imperia
Al habama Diva hi histeria
Hi kula shir ahava

Viva nari'a, viva Viktoria, Afrodita
Viva la Diva, viva Viktoria, Kleopatra
Viva nari'a, viva Viktoria, Afrodita
Viva la Diva, viva Viktoria, Kleopatra

Diva, Diva, Diva, Diva

Viva nari'a, viva Viktoria, Afrodita
Viva la Diva, viva Viktoria, Kleopatra
Viva nari'a, viva Viktoria, Afrodita
Viva la Diva, viva Viktoria

Diva!

There is a woman who is larger than life
There are senses that only she possesses
There is magic and there are hard days
And a stage that is all hers

To the angels Diva is an empire
On the stage Diva is hysteria
She is all a love song

Viva we shall cheer, viva Victoria, Aphrodite
Viva to the Diva, viva Victoria, Cleopatra

There are women – tears of life
They will say a prayer with no words

To the angels Diva is an empire
On the stage Diva is hysteria
She is all a love song

Viva we shall cheer, viva Victoria, Aphrodite
Viva to the Diva, viva Victoria, Cleopatra
Viva we shall cheer, viva Victoria, Aphrodite
Viva to the Diva, viva Victoria, Cleopatra

Diva, Diva, Diva, Diva

Viva we shall cheer, viva Victoria, Aphrodite
Viva to the Diva, viva Victoria, Cleopatra
Viva we shall cheer, viva Victoria, Aphrodite
Viva to the Diva, viva Victoria

Diva!

Trivia

  • Due to the controversy of her selection and the outcry from conservative groups in her homeland, Dana International was kept under police escorts and high security at all times during her stay in Birmingham, as well as being accommodated in a hotel with bulletproof windows.
  • Both Conchita Wurst and Dana International won the contest as drag or transgender, and had outfits designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier.
  • Diva was the last song at the contest that the orchestra would ever play - but for the reprise only.

Videos

Dana International - Diva (Eurovision 1998 - Israël)03:00

Dana International - Diva (Eurovision 1998 - Israël)

Eurovision 1998 Israel - Dana International - Diva04:07

Eurovision 1998 Israel - Dana International - Diva

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