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Dana International
(דנה אינטרנשיונל)
Birth name Yaron Cohen (changed to Sharon Cohen after sex reassignment surgery)
Born February 2, 1972 (1972-02-02) (age 35)
Flag of Israel Israel
Genre(s) Dance
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instrument(s) Vocals
Years active 1992 – present
Label(s) Hed Artzi Ltd.
Website Official website

Dana International (Hebrew: דנה אינטרנשיונל; stage name of Sharon Cohen, born Yaron Cohen (male) in Tel Aviv, Israel on February 2, 1972) is an Israeli transsexual pop singer of Yemenite origin, who won the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest for her song "Diva". is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Israel. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... “Hebrew” redirects here. ... Tel-Aviv was founded on empty dunes north of the existing city of Jaffa. ... is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A transsexual (sometimes transexual) person establishes a permanent identity with the opposite gender to their assigned (usually at birth) sex. ... Motto Allah, al-Watan, at-Thawra, al-Wehda God, the Nation, the Revolution, Unity Anthem United Republic Capital (and largest city) Sanaa Official languages Arabic Demonym Yemeni Government Republic  -  President Ali Abdullah Saleh  -  Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Mojawar Establishment  -  Unification May 22, 1990  Area  -  Total 527,968 km² (49th) 203... The Eurovision Song Contest 1998 was the 43rd Eurovision Song Contest and was held on May 9, 1998 at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England. ... Eurovision redirects here. ... Diva was the winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest 1998 performed in Hebrew by Dana International representing Israel. ...

Next to original songs, Dana International is known for her cover versions of old hits. She has so far released eight albums and a further three compilation albums and has worked closely with other Israeli artists, including DJ Offer Nissim. A compilation album is an album (music or spoken-word) featuring tracks from one or multiple recording artists, often culled from a variety of sources (such as studio albums, live albums, singles, demos and outtakes. ... Image:Offer nissim. ...

She made an appearance as both a guest presenter and performer at the 50th anniversary Eurovision concert in Copenhagen, Denmark, October 2005, when her 1998 winner Diva was nominated as one of the 14 finalists in the search for the greatest Eurovision song. For other uses, see Copenhagen (disambiguation). ... Diva was the winning song of the Eurovision Song Contest 1998 performed in Hebrew by Dana International representing Israel. ...



Yaron was the youngest of three children (the others are an older sister Limor and an older brother Nimrod). Yaron realized early that he belonged on stage. He enjoyed the Eurovision Contest and followed it closely, especially when Ofra Haza represented Israel with the song Chai (1983). He had a very happy childhood, and although his family was quite poor, his mom always found money to pay his music lessons. The years changed and this little boy became older, and then happened the first tragedy in his life: his best friend Daniel who he loved and admired and who prophesied Yaron a big career as a singer was deathly involved in an car accident. Yaron wanted to do mountain biking together with him on the streets of Tel Aviv but his parent's didn't allow it to him. Nowadays Dana keep on remember this fact with tears. Ofra Haza (‎, IPA: ) (November 19, 1957 – February 23, 2000) was a popular Israeli singer, actress and international recording artist. ...


1992 – 1993: Dana International

When he was 18, Yaron started to earn his own money working as a drag-queen. He parodied famous singers and women and he was perfect as a woman. During a show he was discovered by one of the famous Israel dj, Offer Nissim. Finally Yaron could make his dream come true: singing, singing as a woman. Dana first hit was the song Saida Suldana (My Name Is Not Saida). It was a satirical cover of Whitney Houston's song "My Name Is Not Susan". It received a great deal of radio airplay. In 1993, Dana flew to London for sex reassignment surgery, returning as Sharon Cohen. That same year she released her first album, Dana International, in Israel, which was soon released in Greece and other Middle East countries such as Egypt and Jordan. Her stage name came from the title track of this album. Dana International soon went gold in Israel. DJ or dj may stand for Disc jockey, dinner jacket The DeadJournal website, or Djibouti. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is a six-time Grammy award winning, American R&B singer, soprano, pianist, actress, film producer, and former model. ... My Name Is Not Susan was the fourth single released from Whitney Houstons third album Im Your Baby Tonight. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... For specialized articles on surgical procedures, see Sex reassignment surgery male-to-female and Sex reassignment surgery female-to-male. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ...

1994: Israelian Award

In 1994 she released her second album Umpatampa, which was even more successful and provided a few of her hits. This album went platinum in Israel and has sold more than 50,000 copies to date. Because of her popularity and the success of this album, she won Best Female Artist award in Israel.

1995: Eurovision song contest

In 1995, Dana tried to fulfill her childhood dream of performing in the Eurovision song contest. She entered the Eurovision qualifying contest in Israel with a song Good Night Europe and came in second. But she didn't give up and of course it was not the end of Eurovision for Dana. In late 1995, Dana released an EP called E.P.Tampa, with three new songs and four remixes and special versions of her earlier songs. The term Eurovision has several meanings: technically, the Eurovision Network created by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). ...

1996 – 1997: consolidating popularity

In 1996, Dana released her third album. Although this album was less successful than her previous album, it still reached gold record sales in Israel and included the hits Don Quixote, Waving and the club smash Cinquemilla. In 1997, Dana collaborated with the Israeli artist Eran Zur on the album entitled Another Sex, which became a huge hit.

CD single cover for Diva
CD single cover for Diva

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1998: Diva and mainstream spotlight

Dana was chosen to represent Israel in the Eurovision song contest with Diva, a song written by Svika Pick. The Orthodox and religious people were opposed to her selection and tried to void her participation in Eurovision. However, in may 1998, Dana performed Diva at the Eurovision contest and took Europe by storm, winning the contest with 172 points. She became a true international superstar, being interviewed by CNN, BBC, Sky News and MTV among others. Svika Pick sometimes written as Tsvika Pik,Tzvika Pick (Hebrew: צביקה פיק, b. ... Orthodox Judaism is the formulation of Judaism that adheres to a relatively strict interpretation and application of the laws and ethics first canonised in the Talmudic texts (Oral Torah) and as subsequently developed and applied by the later authorities known as the Gaonim, Rishonim, and Acharonim. ...

Dana released the single Diva in Europe and it became a hit, reaching number 11 in the UK charts and the top ten in Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Ireland and the Netherlands, selling more than 400,000 copies worldwide.

1999 – 2001: stage falling, Streisand cover and new albums

In 1999, Dana released Woman In Love, a Barbra Streisand cover, but it was not the hit that Diva had been. In May 1999, Dana International again participated in the Eurovision Song Contest held in Jerusalem. Dana was a part of the interval act and she sang the Stevie Wonder song Free. She also presented the winners award but embarrassed herself by falling over on the stage in front of a television audience of 1 billion. Barbra Joan Streisand (born April 24, 1942) is an American singer, theatre and film actress, composer, liberal political activist, film producer and director. ...

She released her international album Free in Europe in 1999, which did not enjoy the same success as her previous releases. A few months later Dana moved back to Israel and started to work on different projects. Israeli and Japanese editions of Free were released in 2000. That same year, an Israeli documentary film was made about Dana called "Lady D".

In 2001, after a break, Dana released her 7th album More and More. This album put Dana International back on track in Israel and provided two hits: I Won and After All, eventually going gold.

2002 – 2006: fading from the scenes and Sony incident

Dana was a big star with great expectations. She was about to sign a big record deal with Sony, but something went wrong in negotiations. There were disagreements that led Sony to cancel the deal before it was completed. In 2002, she released another album, The Possible Dream, which did not well as expected. In 2003, she released a CD collection, containing all singles from The Possible Dream and also a new house version of Cinquemilla, titled A.lo.ra.lo.la. Few years later, in 2005, Dana participated in the 50th anniversary of the Eurovision song contest, held in Copenhagen, after "Diva" was selected as 1 of 14 songs considered to be the best Eurovision songs. The song did not make it into the final top five. Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

2007: back to success

After few years gone from the show business, together with the relaunch of her official website, a first single of the upcoming album was released in March 2007: Hakol ze letova (It's all for the best). The second single to be released from the album, Love Boy, became the most played song on Israeli radio in a decade.[1] The full album, also titled Hakol ze letová, was released August 15 2007. At muchana was the third single and Seret Hodi (feat. Idan Yaniv) the fourth to be released from the album which became a bestseller in many online store.

So much has been told about her comeback and her time away from the scenes, someone thought about a media speculation against her. When she was asked "Where were you?", she simply replied: "The fact I wasn't popping on tv everyday? I didn't need to remind people I was alive: they know the name, I didn't need to resell myself. Everything's getting hot, get cold too. It's normal nature of the things".


  • 1993 Dana International, IMP Dance
  • 1994 Umpatampa, IMP Dance
  • 1995 E.P.Tempa, IMP Dance
  • 1996 Maganuna (Crazy), Helicon/Big Foot
  • 1998 Diva - The Hits, IMP Dance
  • 1999 Free, CNR Music
  • 2000 Free (Israeli edition), NMC
  • 2001 Yoter ve yoter (More and more), NMC
  • 2002 Ha'chalom ha'efshari (The possible dream), IMP Dance
  • 2003 The CD's collection, IMP Dance
  • 2007 Hakol ze letova (It's all for the best), Hed Arzi Ltd.

External links

  • Dana International - A Star Online; Website & Forum
  • Dana International Official Website
Preceded by
Katrina and the Waves
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Charlotte Nilsson

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