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Israel sending 13-year-old Noam Dadon to Eurovision Junior

 

Noam Dadon, a 13-year-old from Yeruham, will represent Israel at the Eurovision Junior contest in Minsk in November.

Dadon beat out five other Israeli youngsters for the honor, in a competition that was aired on KAN 11 on Tuesday night. It wasn’t Dadon’s first televised competition – he took part in the Keshet series Music School in 2013, just shy of his 10th birthday, and came in second place.

“You sing so incredibly, and precisely and maturely,” said singer Hanan Ben-Ari, who judged the competition alongside performers Yardena Arazi and Lior Narkis. “You’re not just singing to impress us. You’re singing with a gift that God gave you.”

Dadon impressed the judges with his rendition of “Mehake” (Waiting) by Rita and Idan Raichel.

After his victory, Dadon received a special message from the one and only Netta Barzilai, who won the Eurovision Song Contest in Portugal earlier this year - bringing the competition to Tel Aviv.

“I’m so happy that you won the chance to represent us at Eurovision Junior this year,” Barzilai said. “Remember that at the end of the day it’s the thing you love doing most, and the most pure thing you can do in the world – just making other people happy.”

Dadon will compete against young singers from 19 other countries in Minsk on November 25. The Eurovision Junior has been running since 2003, but Israel has participated only twice – in 2012 and 2016. But with a win from Barzilai earlier this year, Israel is feeling extra lucky, and chose to return for the 2018 competition.

Can it pull off a double win this year? Tune in on November 25 to find out.
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