Gal Gadot wishes good luck to Eden Golan: ‘Let the haters hate’

Amy Spiro is a reporter and writer with The Times of Israel

Gal Gadot calls Israel’s Eurovision representative Eden Golan to wish her luck ahead of tonight’s grand final and applaud her for standing strong in the face of all the hatred.

“I wanted to call you and tell you that it’s incredible that at your age you’re standing tall and strong and not letting anything get to you,” Gadot says in the video call with Golan. “The strength you have is incredible. You should be so proud of yourself. Let the haters hate. The best way to fight them is with love — go and love, love, love.”

Amid 24 hours of drama ahead of the final, with renewed calls for Israel to be barred from the contest, a spokeswoman for Kan says Golan and the Israeli delegation are “focused only on tonight’s performance and doing everything for it to be professional and to represent Israel in the most fitting way.”

Following the semifinals, bookies have placed Israel in second place overall and first in the televote. The grand final begins at 10 p.m. Israel time and 9 p.m. local time. Those in non-participating countries can already cast their votes online at, while those taking part can start voting once the contest begins. The winner will be determined based on a combination of the televote and the jury votes.

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