When Nadav Guedj got on stage in Vienna and sang “Let Me Show You Tel Aviv,” someone from Eurovision was definitely listening. Not 11 months passed before the swank and sass of the world’s biggest singing competition touched down in Israel for the 2016 Eurovision pre-party, Israel Calling. This week, 20 contenders from as many countries were ushered around Tel Aviv for event after event, culminating in a mini-Eurovision performance on Tuesday night at the Theater Club in Jaffa. The event was put together by the Tourism Ministry and Foreign Ministry.
Eurovision was last hosted in Israel in 1999. Though always a popular annual event, Eurovision has become more connected to pop culture in the past two years thanks to its collaboration with prime time singing show Rising Star.