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Eurovision hopes dashed as Israel comes up short in semi-final

Israel came up short at the Eurovision semi-final in Turin, Italy, on Thursday night, failing to advance to Saturday’s grand finale for the first time since 2014.

’s performance of his song “I.M.” failed to garner enough votes to put him in the top 10 in order to advance to the final round of the competition, breaking a streak of six consecutive years of Israel appearing in the finale.

“Thank you so much, love yourself, be proud of who you are,” Ben David, 25, proclaimed as he wrapped his song on the stage on Thursday evening.

“I.M.,” an upbeat pop anthem about self empowerment, was written by Chen Aharoni, Lidor Saadia and Asi Tal.

Belgium, the Czech Republic, Azerbaijan, Poland, Finland, Estonia, Australia, Sweden, Romania and Serbia advanced to the finale following the voting by both judges and the public.

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