Who is Israel's Eurovision act? Eden Golan to perform in Malmo grand final

Israel's Eurovision act Eden Golan
Israel's Eurovision act Eden Golan -Credit:AP

Amid much controversy, Israel will be represented at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 on Thursday night, as one of 26 countries in the grand final.

After months of preparation, this year's competition got going on Tuesday evening with Eurovision semi final 1 seeing 10 acts advance through to the grand finale on Saturday. Favourites to win Croatia represented by Baby Lasagna qualified, along with Ireland's Bambie Thug, and Windows95 Man from Finland.

Other successful countries on the night were Ukraine, Serbia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Portugal and Lithuania and on Thursday, 10 more joined them, including Israel. Their participation in the contest has been met with much opposition since it was confirmed, with acts, including the UK's Olly Alexander, being bombarded with demands from fans to boycott the event in protest.

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But, despite all of the backlash, Israel,. who have won Eurovision four times with Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta, Milk & Honey, Dana International and Netta, did not only take part in the second semi final but also made it through to the grand finale.

Who is Israel Eurovision's act Eden Golan?

Eden, 20, is a Russian Israeli singer, whose Eurovision story started back in 2015 when she tried to represent Russia at Junior Eurovision, finishing fifth in the national selection process. Three years later she reached the final of The Voice Kids in Russia, before returning to Israel in 2022.

She is representing the country at Eurovision 2024, after winning the Rising Star competition, having covered songs by the likes of Aerosmith and Whitney Houston on her way to victory.

When she performed her entry Hurricane during a semi final dress rehearsal in Malmo on Wednesday night, there were audible boos from some of the crowd and her involvement sparked further controversy when she performed in the live show 24 hours later