They told her that a transsexual could never win EuroVision. She proved them wrong, and did so in a Bob Mackay gown!
Born Yaron Cohen in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1972, he was fascinated with the stage from an early age and later dreamed of performing at the Eurovision Music Contest, a huge event in Europe. He began performing in drag throughout the gay club circuit as a singer and his sound quickly found an audience and a career was born.
In 1993 Yaron secretly flew to London to under go SRS and returned as Sharon Cohen. She released her first album that year, which went gold. In her first attempt to win the Israeli spot in the Eurovison she came in second, and friends told her that a transsexual could never be chosen. Several albums later she attempted again and in 1998 won the spot to compete. She represented Israel with style and pride, and brought home the coveted first prize, singing her hit song, appropriately named 'Diva."
In winning Eurovision Dana also secured her country the right to host the next festival, which would generate millions of dollars. The Orthodox Jewish community in Israel was so horrified that a transsexual represented their country that they wanted Israel to forgo their right to host the next festival in a denouncement of Dana.
Personally, I think they were just jealous that they couldn't wear the Bob Mackay gown as well as she did.
Dana is great, check out her music via the link in the photo gallery of Dana here