The Shalva Band rose to fame after entering the finals on the Israeli TV show “Rising Star”. The popular reality show determines which musical act will represent Israel in the annual Eurovision competition, which took place in Tel Aviv this year. Despite being the likely winner, the band dropped out of the competition when it became clear that participating in Eurovision would obligate them to break Shabbat.
Having captured Israel’s hearts and becoming a household name, the Shalva Band was invited to represent the best side of Israel during a special performance at the Eurovision second semi-finals. Their performance brought the international audience to their feet with roaring applause. The band’s inspiring messages of inclusion, representation of the human spirit, and talented music won them media buzz and numerous invitations to perform around the world.