Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002

Eurovision Song Contest 2002 Country


National selection Selection process

Internal selection

Selection date(s)

Artist: 26 November 2001
Song: 26 February 2002

Selected entrant

Sarit Hadad

Selected song

\"Light a Candle\"

Selected songwriter(s)

Svika PickYoav Ginai

Finals performance Final result

12th, 37 points

Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest

◄2001 •


• 2003►

Israel participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 with the song \"Light a Candle\" written by Svika Pick and Yoav Ginai. The song was performed by Sarit Hadad, who was internally selected by the Israeli broadcaster Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) in November 2001 to compete at the 2002 contest in Tallinn, Estonia. The song Hadad would perform at Eurovision, \"Light a Candle\", was also internally selected and presented to the public on 26 February 2002 during the Meni Peer Show which was broadcast on Channel 1.

Israel competed in the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 25 May 2002. Performing during the show in position 10, Israel placed twelfth out of the 24 participating countries, scoring 37 points.

Sarit Hadad was internally selected to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002

On 26 November 2001, IBA announced that Sarit Hadad was selected by a special committee as the Israeli representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2002. Among artists considered by the selection committee, Gaia and Zehava Ben were highly considered before Hadad was ultimately selected. The members of the committee were Yala Granot (member of the IBA Executive Committee), Aviva Avidan (singer), Yigal Hared (musician and composer), Izhar Cohen (Eurovision Song Contest 1978 winner and 1985 Israeli Eurovision entrant), Ezra Suleiman (CEO of the Israeli Mediterranean Music Association), Haïm Ulliel (singer), Tal Perry (journalist), Amos Oren (journalist), Nava Achiron (Channel 1 music editor), Gavri Mazor (composer), Noam Gil-Or (Kol Yisrael editor and presenter), Tal Gordon (singer) and Avihu Medina (composer).

Four songs were later submitted by Sarit Hadad and subsequently evaluated by the committee on 24 December 2001. The selected song, \"Nadlik Beyakhad Ner\", was announced on 7 January 2002 and presented on 26 February 2002 during the Meni Peer Show which was broadcast on Channel 1. \"Nadlik Beyakhad Ner\" was written by Yoav Ginai and Svika Pick, who had previously written the Israeli Eurovision Song Contest 1998 winning song \"Diva\", and was later retitled as \"Light a Candle\". In regards to the song, Sarit Hadad stated: \"The song is appropriate to these times and situation and it has a meesage of hope. I\'ll sing it from the bottom of my heart. It gives me a chance to express my voice and feelings.\" Hadad later revealed that the song \"Mr. DJ Superman\", which placed second in the committee voting, was her personal favorite among the four she provided for the contest.

Song selection – 24 December 2001
Song Songwriter(s) Points Place

\"Malcat Hadisco\" (מלכת הדיסקו)

Svika Pick, Ehud Manor



\"Mr. DJ Superman\"

Svika Pick, Yoav Ginai



\"Nadlik Beyakhad Ner\" (נדליק ביחד נר)

Svika Pick, Yoav Ginai



\"Yasu Yasu\" (יאסו יאסו)

Sarit Hadad, David Zigman



At Eurovision

The Eurovision Song Contest 2002 took place at Saku Suurhall in Tallinn, Estonia, on 25 May 2002. The participants list included the previous year\'s winning country, the \"Big Four\" countries, consisting of France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom, any eligible countries which did not compete in the 2001 contest, and countries which had obtained the highest average points total at the previous year\'s contest, up to 24 total participants. According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the bottom six countries in the 2001 contest competed in the final. On 9 November 2001, an allocation draw was held which determined the running order and Israel was set to perform in position 10, following the entry from Macedonia and before the entry from Switzerland. Israel finished in twelfth place with 37 points.

The show, which was televised live in Israel on Channel 1, received a market share of 34.6% and was the second most watched programme of 2002 in the country. The Israeli spokesperson, who announced the Israeli votes during the show, was Michal Zo\'aretz.


Below is a breakdown of points awarded to Israel and awarded by Israel in the contest. The nation awarded its 12 points to Latvia in the contest.

Points awarded to Israel

8 points 7 points 6 points 5 points

 Finland Germany Romania United Kingdom

4 points 3 points


2 points


1 point

 Denmark  Switzerland

Points awarded by Israel
12 points


10 points


8 points


7 points


6 points


5 points

 United Kingdom

4 points


3 points


2 points


1 point



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