Teapacks out of Eurovision competition

"Push the Button" not among top ten entries chosen in semifinal round.

May 11, 2007 01:12
jpost services and tools

jp.services2. (photo credit: )


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


Teapacks, the band representing Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest, will not be performing in the final round of the competition on Saturday, as it was not among the ten entries chosen in the semifinals on Thursday night. During the band's performance at the event, the broadcast cut out for five seconds, prompting an appeal from the director of the Israel Broadcasting Authority's Culture and Entertainment Department to allow them to perform again. However, the appeal was rejected. The controversial Teapacks entry, "Push the Button" - interpreted as a jab at Iran's hard-line president and his country's nuclear program - was nearly banned from the competition at first due to its "inappropriate" political content. Tensions remained even after the song was eventually admitted to the contest. The winners of the semifinal round, which took place in Helsinki, Finland, included Belarus, Hungary, Turkey, Moldova, Georgia, Solvenia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Latvia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Sarah Silverman
August 26, 2014
Jewish women take home gold at 2014 Emmys