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Rap response to Iran

by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2007-03-01



Israel are set to stir up controversy at this year's Eurovision, with a song about nuclear armageddon.

Push The Button, by the rap band Teapacks, is said to be a response to Iran's nuclear ambitions and its president, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad.

It features lyrics sung in English, French and Hebrew, and makes reference to "crazy rulers" and the threat of "being blown to kingdom come."

"The idea is to do something that crosses the accepted norm," said the band's frontman Kobi Oz, after Push The Button scored a resounding victory at Israel's national final on Tuesday.

The song was chosen from four contenders, with a mix of public telephone and Internet voting as well as the votes of an internal Israeli jury.

"I hoped this song would be selected," Oz added. "It has the right vibe and it's multicultural."

The band will compete in the Eurovision semi-final in Helsinki on May 10, to try and win one of ten places in the contest final on May 12.