Singer eyed as Israel’s Eurovision entry dies fighting in Gaza

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The Israeli military reservist has successfully auditioned for Israel’s choice for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, to be held next year in Sweden – amid calls that the contest should be boycotted over the inclusion of Israel.

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An Israeli military reservist, Shaul Greenglick, 26, was killed in the Gaza Strip just weeks after successfully auditioning on a TV show choosing the country’s entries for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Greenglick performed “Israel’s Rising Star” on December 3 while on leave from his mobilization in the war against Hamas. Dressed in army uniform and lieutenant ranks, he sang a popular ballad and received the green light for the next round of the selection process.

One of the judges, Keren Peles, told Greenglick on stage: “I’m happy to see you wearing a uniform, because it’s reassuring that someone like you is in uniform. I would be happy to see you represent Israel at Eurovision.”

But Peles, writing after the publication of Greenglick’s death in northern Gaza, said he had abandoned the show because of his duties in the infantry reserves.

“I imagined this year differently, as a year of aspirations and living my dreams,” Greenglick said in a Dec. 14 Facebook post.

“Now I live an old dream, that of fighting for the homeland… For a new, different dream, I will have to wait a bit.”

The Eurovision Song Contest 2024 will take place in May in Malmö, Sweden, between calls the contest should be boycotted due to the inclusion of Israel in the list of participating countries.

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