Decade for Ping Pong incident in 2000 Eurovision

It’s ten years since our performance in the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. I Put the whole thing on a shelf and didn’t touch it. I think there isn’t any artist that entered as many areas that he does not understand, except for Paris Hilton. Maybe i did not touch the case because I was afraid to be identified forever as “that guy from the Eurovision” as surely feel if I suddenly Dizengoff Center Tal Sondak  (who represented Israel in 2001)
But it still a significant event in my life. At the height of the attack against us, a paper published a poll. The Options were presented, do you despise the ping pong or you do not mind the band. The survey yielded no invites the imagination that some people somewhere – a support band or like the Sameyach Happy .

The survey result was way above 70 per cent hated us. So there were times when I put the head on the pillow when I know that flowered 70 percent of the people around me, hate me, others are indifferent. A week ago was also similar survey Buweinte, and “Sameach” (Be Happy) our song was chosen as the most hated song in the Israeli Eurovision Song Contest. Again, the song had not proposed to be elected in the list of favorite songs.
Public anger against us, especially that we waved with the flags of Syria, was fertile ground for politicians who wanted to stick a knife in junior nation’s enemies and gain exposure to new light. Some cases Ahatkav my head now, but Google are the star.Knesset Education Conference was held to announce Ping Pong is a “disgrace and shame to the State of Israel and the Israeli culture”. The meeting took place almost to collapse of the security strip in Lebanon. Still, many elected officials bothered to get a special meeting to discuss the song ‘Sameah’, the record looks like Kishon wrote. Yuri Stern said that Russia did not see anything bad. Uri Porat, CEO of IBA at the time, called us, “a rogue group that led us astray scam.” Gil Samsonov, a Likud person, threatened a day after the competition: “This is a crazy band. We’ll take from them about 100 thousand dollars “. The press  mentioned electrical engineer that complain in Afula police that we raised flags of the enemy. Unfortunately, no one checked with me the complaint, if it was.
Anyone who reads the newspapers this hot spring will reveal countless texts illuminate us to shame. Even years later, “Ping Pong” became the word denotes Israel Tel Aviv stripping Vhuchmaologym try to take over the state – something which increases mucus in some people like a fantasy anti-Semitic.
Luckily, I have a basic optimism elephant skin, though, the experience of being the man to hate by an entire nation full of people you love, is not fun. Sometimes even if I was offended, I preferred to be cheerful indifference, and eventually I became convinced I had forgotten. I mocked the criticism, but in perspective, I guess I was hurt a little. I’m a Sachshiorkym him, he thinks it’s good for agriculture, but still – what to do – you are left with someone’s saliva on your face, then at least you should Sattangb.That’s what I’m going to do this article, if already dry mucus.


Price was a hate campaign. I got spit when I went to a concert in Jerusalem, the Pet Shop Boys. I continued to dance of course, because I paid for a ticket. Not long afterwards, I received a heavy blow just below my house, and knocked me to the floor, Achsahgbartan strike goes on. Maybe it was just a crazy hit, who knows, hit people on the street, or was related to reason, do not know. I could not remember how it looked Gbarber, despite the pain subsided after a few minutes, for a few months ahead I would imagine him occasionally on the street at night, and a little nervous. Gyagya also attacked with a knife at the supermarket.
It’s not only local initiatives. I filed a corner music program “Made in Israel” on Channel 1 was fired from her, though I do not remember the exact details. Guy flew from his post as the editor of “Israel, too, cultural program submitted sometime Uchovsky wave on Channel 1. Gave especially guards his name entrance to enter tries not criminal God forbid secretly secretly edit program.
This was the spirit of the times. It an electrical engineer from the North demanded us to represent many others. Of course there were expressions of support, independent thinking companies here and there. Director of `junior` souvenir Batya Rabin banned the students to finish the show, “Sheikh.” Children, in response, the students refused to show the finish and put the song outside the fence. We got to identify with them.
Witch tossing the river, if it floated, a sign she was a witch, if she were drowning, it does not help her that she was not a witch. So, when you’re public enemy, you also can not comment. Anything you say will advance a suspect, you are Public Enemy, you must be a liar and a manipulator.
Media introduced us to be dangerous, deceitful undoing of Israel. Even the few who still like us, do it for the wrong reasons, that we called dangerous and crazy people who want to destroy everything. Those who know me, know that truth is not far from it, the human race is my favorite race, and promoting Israeli culture – poetry, to art, cinema and music – is something that I gave him several years of my life.
What saved us a sense of humor just the fact we did something we believe in Him. In general, if the data show the dry – beatings, dismissals, public humiliation, public hatred – this looked very serious, but there is an amusing side to it that you are an enemy of the public. After all, to yourself you know you’re not even a public enemy.Even if I insist on taking a right to be an enemy to the public, I do not think the framework of the pop band – Dance is the way I choose. I’m not Mother Teresa, but if I had caused damage to life here and there, done that as a journalist for instance, initially was aggressive.
Who were we? Just a funny band, successful or not, contended in a silly dying. Week ran a competition that Harel Skaat, four different songs, end of which he won a song called “words”. I can not remember who was elected a year ago and what happened to him. Even if Skaat wins Eurovision Song Contest, Good luck to him, it is unclear why it is so essential to the lives of seven million people who are trying to close the month. Ukraine and recently won the competition, is it suggested that the successful people and nation came to 19, for example, less good talent?
Strange in light of competition, this sweet, I personally disliked, ping pong against the articles were really mad indicated a mass psychosis. Suggested a serious journalist with anti-Semitic Holocaust denier us in France. Then he wrote this news item we wanted to dance on memory. Of course all these things are not true, is there a need to write it?
But once you’re stripping Israel, all true for you. You need to bow your head and wait until someone else will define and leave you. And if you’re on the side – also better to keep quiet so that the stain will not be infected you too.
Why and how were four nice young men who sang the optimistic and positive and vegetables terrible monsters entire country should be shocked them with meals VI?Well, two charges were against us: one, we have the flags of Israel and Syria the stage contest. Second, we managed to finish 22nd out of 24.
For the loss in competition, my sense is, Belgium and France, two countries where the 23 and 24, the operations did not become public enemies. I also expect the Education Conference in France did not bother to convene specifically to say the name of Walter French culture Serge Ginsburg looking grave shock Eurovision lack of success. Personally, I do not think this is a problem to be last in the competition. After the end of each competition with a rating, someone must be last.
Must rank or even the quality of the song, was not alone It made us so hated. Last twenty years, four different runners perform Eurovision us weaker. Figures such as officer Galit Bell, for example, became a symbol for something, but just can not dissolved in Google to find out what happened to her since. We’re all crazy about Rachel, Sharon won the last place, going fail.
What scares us so much that they know there are people in Europe want peace? Not turned Hamas flags, but the country is divided into a quiet border with us. Peace with Syria is something that not even the current Chief of Staff pushes him, according to the press.
One of the most impudent accusations we would Ngedynu Flags fraud with Syria and Israel. And our official video broadcast a month before the race we kept waving flags.Not only that, all the promos own channel broadcast in the week before the race included us with flags and cucumbers. Nevertheless, many journalists and published eaten Haloks Channel 1 sue us for anything fraudulent. And it says really.
Not represented as well say all of Israel, but it is impossible to represent all of Israel.What David D ‘, for example, an Israeli from me? And I eat more bread from him.Virtuoso talent of course, but what I remember through song or voice Ahplctti represents me?
And Msatgiaym that stuffed politics of pure art competition like the Eurovision Song Contest. In my view, a line like “here I built my home with my bare hands”, is a fantastic political propaganda as MJ to me today that a new member in Damascus. “Saying “the IDF flowers” roaring political as the “Yes” by Guy. Art is always interested in social – political. Creation is just beautiful and lacks some critical dimension, it has no value. And what was our song altogether? That we have to live here in Israel is not afraid of our environment, but in love with her joy.
In spring 2000, we were to leave Lebanon and Israel makes sense normal. Still, all were shocked rabid flying flags of Syria and Israel together. Maybe it really was ahead of the shattering of the illusion, Satatpuggi few months later. But looking back, waving banners seem like something so soft, harmless and even childish. I was much more moderate politically and socially than I am today.
Still, the public atmosphere of the time, the lack of effect is created against us by an entire country and included the media, if I’d say we have the flags for peace would say it’s more of a group of thermal jokers drugged this. So silent, to hatred set.
Amazing is that most minor politician who introduced us to crooks and incited against us were the free food in the other raises a hand to open or to download an unnecessary war pensions for the elderly, if she would bring them to pull longer term.And we, who killed a man, not Peterno men of all mess we made no effort one Swedish Krona, we bad people in the story.
Film Ahmukomontri “Careful Camera” (mine, ore and Erez Shaul Heiman) deals with the first director Max tension Tuna Schreiber, nonexistent, I played the younger character. I added the script but half a biography: a ton balloon travels to Egypt to bring peace, but landed in Saudi Arabia and creates a diplomatic incident.


Go back and tell you the ping-pong, the press presented a joke band established for the competition. During the nineties, after arriving from Beersheba to Tel Aviv, I was a punk band called “Akneac \ Pop” We had cute songs, but business stalled. At the same time, I became a member of a handsome journalist named Guy Asif tried to work on a project to be close to the optimistic pop trance music was the height Vahhauc, reaction to music on the radio controlled brittle depression.
Dance Hits wrote – pop like “I have loved Givati”, ” Burger Ranch “ and “city girl” and we would certainly be a crazy success on a formula that we should love the audience.And what a man just wants to be loved for a while.
I sat at home one evening with my friend then, an artist called Little, composed a poem. I recorded it at the tape, so as not to forget. It took about ten minutes. She asked not to play him more, because she could not tolerate. I played the tape of Ping-pong enthusiastic producer, Dvir Volk (along with the production of works Efrat votes), he shocked them said ‘Forget it, if this song in the album, I’m out. I knew I had hit the hand.
Studied a lot of singers to get into the band. We tried to work with some, not getting along. Then again we did auditions. Most of the candidates were military band singers. We wanted something that would be sweet on the one hand Poppy, on the other we looked for independent thought and depth, because we think Pop is a serious matter lightly.
And so, after countless auditions and troubling half a city to recommend companies can sing the players headed for modeling agencies in the field, Ancgernu the Yifat Giladi, below pajamas were, my ex was, and her roommate, eh Eden, the city had just arrived. With singers, we started to record album. Ronen Ben Tal studio enough. I liked the materials. Invested many hours of recordings of the future album sketches, fashion and morality. Sympathetic record companies, but did not want to invest in the composition of pop in those years. Numerous recordings have made the album an expensive business. Cheaper and manages to take someone with an acoustic guitar and songs about someone leaving him. Although in most cases, she left him justice.
We were a dead end. Gyagya offered to promote a song for Eurovision laughter. I really like the pre competitions, the guiding haircuts, and I supported. But had a three-minute song and all our songs were longer or inadequate Eurovision Song Contest, but the same song that was not clear whether to enter the album.
In January 2000 I decide to listen to advice. Asia my friend explained advised to buy high-quality toilet paper that cared we were sitting, and care. I’m going home with the cylinders, and hear the song answerphone message we sent several months ago, received the Eurovision Song Contest. I’m dumbfounded.
From the first day, the media grumbled the song selection. Anger at first seemed positive scandals. That the Eurovision Song Contest title without scandal and Eternal Euro – a disgrace ‘newspapers is boredom. Most of the anger that first turned Uchovsky wave, one of the judges on the committee, is closely related to the band.What is right. Uchovsky’s argument was that this small country is informed of the introduction. Let’s just say it did not satisfy the Yosefi sisters, who finished second.
We were already engaged in improving the song. We took C – Party song that dealt with foreign workers in general, with the line, “Now I have a new friend from Romania.”News, Baez spoke about peace with Syria, which inspired us hope. I remember a sheet of paper with the flags of Israel and Syria moved me very much. So we turned the line now abroad I have a new friend from Damascus. ” It’s my opinion, musically beautiful part which gives the song a lot of respect for tradition as the Eurovision Song Contest. Still, maybe I should leave the poor Romanian song.


Our choice was surprising. Almost never selected one alternative competition field the Czech Izit that always tried to highlight what the center, central center so he really does not exist in reality: You have people in reality they really Moshe Datz Orna. And media interest in his son. TV and radio stations, newspapers, waiting for what we say.In this situation, you can do two things. Play the game Hayroweziuni, humming a sweet smile cliches or try to exploit the benefit of moving the media radical ideas, the spirit of Sex Pistols sang “I’m using E \ I use anarchy ‘, ie sees the relationship with the media as part of the work.
בחרנו לא להיות מלוקקים כפי שמצפים מלהקות אירוויזיון, אלא לומר – כה רדיקלי – מה שאנחנו חושבים. למשל, סירבנו להצטלם עם חולים שמנוצלים כדי לקדם את סלבריטיותם של אנשים. ניסינו לפעול בגישה פאנקית ולהציג את הערכים ההומניסטים שאנחנו מאמינים בהם, בתוך תחרות האירוויזיון המשודרת למאות מיליוני צופים. היינו בטוחים שיהיו מי שיעריכו את התעוזה והרעננות בלקחת את התחרות הכי מיושנת ופומפוזית, גם אם מקסימה, ולהפוך אותה לשדה פעילות מתוחכמת וערכית יותר, בלי לפחד ובלי לדפוק חשבון. טעינו, בדיעבד: אנשים מעריכים אנשים שלא דופקים חשבון רק כשהם בארץ אחרת או מתים. העיתונאים פה פירשו את הגישה שלנו כהתנשאות ונעלבו, הציבור חשד, חובבי האירוויזיון התחלחלו, גם אנשים מתוחכמים יותרשחשבנו שיבינו את העניין עיקמו את אפם, והפכנו למשהו שהוא בין בדיחה צבעונית מדי לאסון לאומי.
בניגוד למה שנראה מהארץ, התחרות בשטוקהולם היתה כיף. למזלי, אמא שלי היתה איתנו בשבדיה ולא חזתה במפלי השנאה. בחרנו לא לקרוא עיתונות ישראלית כדי לא להתעצבן, והיינו באופוריה. בשטוקהולם היינו דווקא גדולים. עיתונאים חרוצים חיכו לנו בירידה למטוס, עם מלפפוני-ענק, כמחווה לשורה האלמותית “אני רוצה מלפ
פון” (בצהובון שבדי כלשהו נקראנו ‘סנסציית הסקס מתל אביב’, ובעקבות זאת שאול יהלום השיג שורה בעיתון כשדרש להוריד את סצינות העירום מהקליפ וטען ש”זה יציג את עם ישראל כעם בהמי”). היינו השראה לשיר משותף ומרגש שעשו נציגי קפריסין ותורכיה, שתי אומות עם דם עכור. פגשנו אנשים ממלטה. כמה הזדמנויות יש לאדם לפגוש אנשים ממלטה? כל מיני עיתונאי מוזיקה גרמנים התחילו איתי. לא גיליתי להם שאני סטרייט, כדי לשמור על סיקור חיובי. הייתי מוכן לתת את הכול עבור תהילת המולדת.
באירופה דווקא חיבבו את זה שישראלים שואפים לשלום. לא היתה כמעט ביקורת בסיקור הבינלאומי הרב. אם הייתם קוראים על להקה רוסית, שבזמן המלחמה הקרה, קוראת לידידות ושלום עם אמריקה, או להפך, האם הייתם זועמים על חבריה?
בגלל ששבדיה מדינה משמימה מבחינת חדשות, נמצאנו מדי יום בשערי הצהובונים הפופולאריים, מתחרים באייטמים מתחום חיות הכיס והשדיים המלאכותיים. מסיבות העיתונאים יצרו עניין רב, והגענו אליהן חבושים כובעי טמבל עם הכיתוב ‘עם ישראל חי’, מדברים בכובד ראש תוך כדי ריקוד. ככה נראית תהילה.
אחד הדברים הנחמדים היה מסע שלום עצמאי שערכנו למרכז תרבות סורי בפאתי שטוקהולם. לא פנינו לשגרירות הסורית, כי איננו חובבי משטר הבעת’, אלא רצינו להציג משהו אנושי. וכך, צעדנו עם פרחים ועיתונאים למרכז התרבות. המקום היה ריק למדי. מספר ילדים חמודים יצאו בדיוק מחוג ג’ודו לבושים חלוקי קרטה, והיו מופתעים לראות את האנשים המוזרים עם כובעי הטמבל והמצלמות. העמדנו את האורגנית על מזרני ההאבקות הצבעוניים, והתחלנו לשיר את “שמייח” בעברית ובערבית, “או הו סבבה”. לבסוף החלו בקהל להתלחש: התגלה שלא מדובר כלל במרכז תרבות סורי, אלא במרכז תרבות של העדה האשורית. המילים ‘סיריה’ ו’אסיריה’, הלא היא אשור, דומות מאוד. על כל פנים, לא הצטערנו על מסע השלום השגוי: זו הפכה לתרומה שלנו לקשר בין העם בישראל לבין העדה האשורית. מאז ומעולם היתה לי חיבה לשפות המזרח הקדום.
האנ.אמ.אי, העיתון החשוב בעולם (אז) למוזיקה אלטרנטיבית, בחר בנו כמועמדים שלו, ולעג לכך שאנגליה האימפריה המוזיקלית שולחת זמרות בארים מזדקנות ולא להקות מעודכנות כפינגפונג. זו היתה השנה היחידה שהאנ.אמ.אי שלח כתב במיוחד לאירוויזיון, את סטיבן וולס, אחד מכותבי המוזיקה הנודעים, שפרסם ספרים חשובים על פאנק ועודד אותנו מאוד.

גם בהימורים היינו במצב סביר. עמדנו במקום עשר, כשהצמד הסולידי הזוכה, שני מורים דנים מזוקנים, נמצאו בהימורים במקום 15. אחד הכתבים הישראליים, התגלה כשועל רב אינטואיציה, כשהימר עליהם ועשה קופה לא רעה. אבל אנחנו רצינו את המקום הראשון, וכה טפשים, האמנו שנגיע אליו.
היינו בדילמה קשה כשהאירוויזיון התקרב. רשות השידור נבהלה ודרשה מאיתנו לעלות ללא הדגלים. הם הכריזו שאחרת ההופעה תבוטל וניתבע על ידי רשות השידור בסכומים גדולים.
המנהלים שלנו נאלצו לבקש שנחתום על דף, שנישא בתוצאות הכספיות. מיטל ויעל, זמרות הליווי לא הבינו איך זה נפל עליהן. הן לאו דוקא חולקות את הדעות הפוליטיות שלנו ויכלו באותה מידה להופיע עם ירדנה ארזי, למשל, ולפתע הן תחת קטגוריית “עוכרי ישראל”. ב”סיפור שמח”, הסרט התעודי מרחיב הלב שעשה עלינו אלון ויינשטוק, רואים שלמיטל ממש לא היה כוח אלינו.

Still, we refused to lower the flags. Then it was announced, two days before the race, the candidates off. Should go to luggage and go home. We started to pack, ashamed.There were tears in his eyes, because you have given the competition for six months of our lives and we thought (mistakenly, in retrospect) that we have a chance to win.Cancellation never happened kind of Eurovision. The management of the competition intervened and said she would not cancel the song. Eytan Fox, our director, Jewish achieved a compromise: we appear as we want, but IBA’s name removed from the address, alas.
We were very nervous. At the last moment we appeared, with the words’ me happy, instead of life, because we thought it would be the chance of winning, on the advice some experts had predicted there was no chance to win when everyone is singing in Hebrew and English. In retrospect, we had to sing in Hebrew. Because if you lose, At least in your language. Although performance was weak, very much for my taste the crisis because of all the nerve-racking stress, enjoyed the show. When we left, we thought we will win, even though we were right first impression, it is considered the worst location.
The first country was Holland chose us. They counted the points, one after another, and when we got low points, but we were glad more. We were convinced that we receive the Meadows Foy. But we got nothing. And state below. With great difficulty, we managed to gather somehow 7 points from France and Macedonia, since I have affection for the people of Macedonia. There was thrilled published years later my songs.
Eurovision Song Contest is over. Jerome Green lights went out. We returned home, defeated but happy we were on our own. Gyagya defined it well in “Happy Story” Achsahshuvah the feeling defeated politician to that of the election. I still feel we won the Eurovision Song Contest we lost him. Dismissively by TV. Version label already printed in a future single, album, and stopped our market, “the moral fashion”, which our labor hard almost three years. We set to rest and return to work as an alternative, but we did not do it.
Since then, every Eurovision Song Contest, from selecting representative to the Eurovision Song Contest itself, there is something we call “season.” Numerous researchers Mvsotym radio announcers – from themselves, turn to us to Snatraein like the other candidates of the past. But we refuse. So, luckily, Eurovision did not cling to us, because we did many things since then. Hatred itself has expired and we became an amusing anecdote, a hot commodity fresh quiz historical holiday supplements.
I’m not ashamed to another Abalilotia Eurovision Song Contest, on the contrary, just sad and my grandparents were offended talk badly about their grandchild, maybe I should say I’m sorry that electrical engineers anonymous Afula police squandered morning. Still, it is important to me to note that for me, who failed there was no ping pong, but Israel, perhaps even the / the reader / Z.
Less recognized as a street or contest. ” Since I took out several solo albums in all sorts of esoteric labels in the world, eh Matakltat appears in disco band – House Nu Moon. ” Yifat did several exhibitions a boy named. Guy took out an album of “doves” Hebrew music honor did not forget.
October this year, is Eytan Fox, who actually piloted the leaky sailboat in his stained, photographed film based on an anonymous quartet accidentally comes Eurovision, and fighting there with the Israel Broadcasting Authority. If this works like the previous films, the legacy of ping-pong will continue to pulse echo. Eurovision our operation, merged between politics and culture was nothing I returned it often since then, one of several partners. Jive parties against the “occupation” Seven years ago (starring another Fox film, “Bubble”), and now as part of “cultural guerrilla” poetry reading event organizers to aid workers struggles and social affairs, divided and Kiryat Gat, the Garden of Science Rehovot, Ackerstein Yeruham . Ten years later, I can say I learned a lot about Stockholm’s cultural power, the power and the ease with which companies can make public each of us enemy of the people to stone him in the town square, and I still think the song ‘Sameach’ is cool.

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