The Israeli delegation at Junior Eurovision 2016 has responded to booing directed at the country during the voting at Sunday’s contest.
Ynetnews reports that the Israeli delegation have been reacting the country being booed by the audience in the green room during the voting at Junior Eurovision 2016. The Israeli spokesperson was booed while announcing the results of the adult jury voting from the country, during which the host nation of Malta received 1 point. The same booing occurred during the announcement of the Netherlands voting where Malta received no points.
Yoav Ginai a member of the Israeli delegation commented on Facebook that:
I’ve been to many song competitions, but I’ve never seen anything like this. As the vote was cast, our charming representative was being filmed and the word ‘Israel’ was announced, the crowd began to yell ‘boo’ in unison. It’s sad we live in a world where politics manages to seep into a children’s song competition.
Aliza Dayan Hamama the Head of Delegation for Israel and the Head of the Children’s Department at IBA’s Channel One said in a statement to Ynetnews that:
It’s unfortunate that these things happen in a children’s musical contest, which acts as a way to connect through music. We’re proud of Shira and Timothy for their lovely, professional and moving performance, and we’ll continue to proudly represent Israel anytime and anywhere.
Israel returned to the Junior Eurovision Song Contest this year having last participated in the contest in 2012. They were represented by Shira & Tim with the song “Follow My Heart”, they went on to finish in 15th place scoring a total of 27 points. Israel’s highest points came in the form of 5 points from the kids jury in Poland, while in eight countries neither the adult or kids jury gave Israel any points. A total of 33,000 viewers watched this years contest live in Israel.