Dana: 'Victory was a sad moment for me'

by Itamar Barak 154 views

The Israeli 1998 Eurovision winner, Dana International, was a guest today at Channel Two's Meet the press.

This show usually deals with current burning issues. But today, especially for the season's last show, Dana International was invited to an interview with one of Israel's most prominent journalists.

'The thing I remember most from the moment of victory in the Eurovision Song Contest is just being depressed', said Dana. 'We won the contest after months of hard labor, and years of being in the fringes of the music industry. Where were all the fun and excitement of the victory? All I wanted was to be with the crowds celebrating in Tel-Aviv's city square and feel the happiness of victory', said Dana, who looked a lot more mature and realistic. 'All I remember that after the contest the only things I saw were just hotel rooms', she added.

Dana International sometimes takes the role of a cultural envoy by Israel's foreign ministry and thats a far cry than what she was used to, before she burst into the spotlights in Israel. 'The IBA (Israeli broadcaster) has made a long way until they decided to send me to Eurovision. Just a few years earlier they wouldnt let me participate in their Friday night show, and later on I was their represntative in Birmingham, that was amazing for me'.

When asked where she sees herself in 20 years time, Dana International replied: 'I don't see myself in an occupation which requires me to worry about my look and age, like the singing career I'm in now. I don't think you'll be seeing me making a pitiful come-back at old age'.

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