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Name: Shiri Maimon  
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Date of Birth: 17th May 1982
Place of Birth: Haifa, Israel
Profession: Actress
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Shiri Maimon (born May 17, 1981), sometimes spelt Shiri Maymon, is an Israeli pop singer, first runner up in a television show called "Kochav Nolad" (Translated into English as "A Star Is Born," an Israeli version of "Pop Idol"), and the Israeli representative in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest. She's become one of Israel's most famous and popular artists, and has just released her first album, which is self-titled. She has been criticized in Israel for her breast size, her dyed hair and her short height. It has been claimed that she has undergone breast enlargement surgery, but there is no factual evidence to back up this claim.


The first inkling that Shiri had a chance of singing for Israel came in late 2004, when she was lined up as one of the prospective participants in Kdam-Eurovision, the national pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. However, after several years of truncated selection by committee, the Kdam was returning to its roots as a fully-fledged national final, meaning that Shiri was only one of fourteen acts in the running. However, when the event took place in Jerusalem on March 2, 2005, her performance of the song Hasheket Shenish'ar (The Silence That Remains) swept all before her, winning 116 out of a maximum possible 120 points awarded by televoters, special juries, and the audience in the hall.

Following the surprising narrow failure of Israel's 2004 Eurovision entry to become one of the ten songs to qualify from a field of twenty-two in the semi-final, Shiri had no bye directly into the 2005 final, and was left to face even steeper odds in a field of twenty-five at the semi-final - which ironically would have been twenty-six had Lebanon not withdrawn their entrant Aline Lahoud as a direct result of the dilemmas posed to the country by the presence of an Israeli entry. Despite this and the gamblers' opinion of her chances, Shiri managed to secure a place in the finals after successfully becoming one of the ten winners of the semi-final, in addition to the the compliments she had gotten from the hosts and the 2004 winner, Ruslana. Almost as much as Dana International in 1998, Shiri was warmly welcomed in Kiev and attracted the interest of many, thanks to her amazing vocal abilities.

At one stage, Shiri had appeared to pull back from suggestions that significant segments of the song, performed entirely in Hebrew at the Kdam, would be switched to English in Kiev. In doing so, she and the Israeli delegation may have been taking note of the results of the 2004 contest, which challenged the prevailing wisdom that English-language songs are best placed to achieve a good result. At virtually the last minute, however, a decision was taken to sing the first half of the song in Hebrew and the second half in English. Shiri, who comes from the northern city of Haifa, placed fourth in the 2005 contest with 154 points (of which a maximum of 12 points was awarded by Monaco).

External link

  • Official website
  • Fan website
  • English Fan website

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