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By Times of Israel Staff - May 22, 2015

Originally appeared here in The Times of Israel

For the first time in five years, Israel has qualified for the Eurovision finals set to take place in Vienna on Saturday.

Representing Israel this year at the song contest is 16-year-old Nadav Guedj, who performed his pop song “Golden Boy” in front of a rather exuberant audience at the semi-finals on Thursday night. Guedj is the winner of the second season of the Israeli reality TV show “The Next Star.”

The song was released in March and is sung entirely in English.

Israel is among 20 qualifiers for the international contest and will battle countries such as Australia, Azerbaijan, Poland, Latvia and Montenegro for the top spot. Read More