- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 9, 2011

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel’s transgender pop diva, Dana International, is heading back to the Eurovision song contest in hopes of trying to recapture the top prize she won at the competition 13 years ago.

The flamboyant singer, who was known as Yaron Cohen before a sex change operation nearly two decades ago, was selected on Tuesday night to represent Israel with the Hebrew-English song “Ding Dong.”

She wore a figure-hugging sleeveless white gown adorned with feathers.

In 1998, Dana International won the Eurovision with the song “Diva.”

This year’s competition will be held in May in Duesseldorf, Germany.

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