Diva (Dana International song)

Israel "Diva"
Eurovision Song Contest 1998 entry
Yoav Ginai
Finals performance
Final result
Final points
Appearance chronology
◄ "Amen" (1995)   
"Yom Huledet (Happy Birthday)" (1999) ►

"Diva" (Hebrew script: דיווה) was the winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest 1998 performed in Hebrew by Dana International representing Israel. The music was composed by Svika Pick, and the lyrics written by Yoav Ginai. It totalled 172 points in the polling.

The song became the last entry entirely in a language other than English to win the Contest until 2007. The interval act and Dana's reprise was the last time live music from an orchestra was used in the Contest, as the 1999 Contest lacked the necessary budget and was held in a venue not large enough to hold one.[1]

The selection of Dana International's song caused so much controversy amongst conservative groups in Israel that on her arrival in Britain, police escorts and security were required continuously. The performance consisted of Dana International wearing a silver dress, backed by four other female singers wearing black. It involved no dancing.

The song was the eighth entry performed on the night, following Poland's Sixteen with "To takie proste" and preceding Germany's Guildo Horn with "Guildo hat euch lieb!". At the close of voting, it had received 172 points, placing 1st in a field of 25. This was Israel's third Contest victory and, as they had not entered the previous year's Contest, they achieved the unusual distinction of having won a Contest the year after not competing.

After winning the contest, Dana International caused a stir by arriving to the presentation late after a long delay in changing into an extravagant costume designed by Jean-Paul Gaultier adorned with bird feathers before performing the reprise.

The song was chosen in an internet poll conducted by the European Broadcasting Union in 2005 as one of the 14 most popular songs in the history of the Eurovision, and was one of the entrants in the Congratulations 50th anniversary concert in Copenhagen, Denmark, held in October 2005. It was re-enacted by Dana International along with six dancers equipped with giant feathered fans and a live orchestra as the original footage was shown in the background. Diva came 13th in the final voting.

The song was succeeded in 1999 as Contest winner by Charlotte Nilsson, performing "Take Me to Your Heaven" for Sweden. It was succeeded as Israeli representative at the 1999 Contest by Eden with "Yom Huledet (Happy Birthday)".


The song is an ode to the powerful women of history — with Cleopatra in fact being the only real figure named. Victoria, the Roman goddess of victory and Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty are also named.

Track listing

The Blue CD version had the following tracks: -

  1. English Radio Version (3:03)
  2. Hebrew Radio Version (3:03)
  3. Handbaggers Remix (7:17)
  4. G's Heavenly Vocal (6:04)
  5. G's Heavenly Dub (7:28)

Sony Music UK/DancePool 15.06.1998 - DANA 1CD
Sony Music Australia/DancePool (thought to be released on 15.06.1998) - 666145 2
Sony Music South Africa/DancePool 06.1998 - CDSIN 268 1

The Pink CD version had the following tracks: -

  1. English Radio Version (3:03)
  2. Sleaze Sisters Paradise Revisited 7" (3:26)
  3. Sleaze Sisters Paradise Revisited 12" (6:39)
  4. Sleaze Sisters Euro Anthem (7:08)
  5. Sleaze Sisters Paradise Revisited Instrumental (6:39)

Sony Music UK/DancePool 15.06.1998 - DANA 1CDX
Sony Music Australia/DancePool (thought to be released on 15.06.1998) - 666145 5

All remixes are in English. For some reason, both Australian versions of Diva were released with a blue cover.

The MC (cassette) version (DANA 1MC) had the following tracks: -

  1. English Radio Version (3:03)
  2. Hebrew Radio Version (3:03)

Sony Music UK/DancePool 15.06.1998 - DANA 1MC

Charts and sales

Chart (1998) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 37
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[4] 4
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[5] 7
France (SNEP)[6] 59
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 47
Ireland (IRMA) 10
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 11
Norway (VG-lista)[9] 12
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[10] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 15
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 11
Preceded by
"Love Shine a Light" by Katrina and the Waves
Eurovision Song Contest winners
Succeeded by
"Take Me To Your Heaven" by Charlotte Nilsson


  1. "History - Eurovision Song Contest 1999". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 2010-10-08.
  2. "Austriancharts.at – Dana International – Diva" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  3. "Ultratop.be – Dana International – Diva" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  4. "Ultratop.be – Dana International – Diva" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  5. "Dana International: Diva" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  6. "Lescharts.com – Dana International – Diva" (in French). Les classement single.
  7. "Musicline.de – Dana International Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  8. "Nederlandse Top 40 – Dana International search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  9. "Norwegiancharts.com – Dana International – Diva". VG-lista.
  10. "Spanishcharts.com – Dana International – Diva" Canciones Top 50.
  11. "Swedishcharts.com – Dana International – Diva". Singles Top 100.
  12. "Swisscharts.com – Dana International – Diva". Swiss Singles Chart.


  1. After the broadcast it was announced that Spanish broadcaster wrongly tallied the votes and Germany should have got the top mark - 12 points - instead of being snubbed, as it happened. The mistake was corrected and so Germany was placed 7th over Norway. Israel and Norway both received 2 points less than originally and Croatia, Malta, Portugal, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Estonia and Turkey all received one point less than indicated during the broadcast. Originally Estonia, Cyprus and Portugal tied for 11th place with 37 points but because Portugal and Estonia received one point less than indicated during the broadcast, Cyprus was placed 11th over Estonia and Portugal.

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