Ilanit Ey Sham
"Ey Sham" (Hebrew script: אי שם, English translation: Somewhere) was the Israeli entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1973, performed in Hebrew by Ilanit.
Composed and conducted by Nurit Hirsh and with lyrics by Ehud Manor (who would go on to write six more Israeli entries), the song is a dramatic ballad, with Ilanit singing about coming to the sudden realisation of what she must do with her lover. She suggests that they "go now", in the hope that "Somewhere – there together we'll find the garden/The garden of love". From the tone of the performance, it appears that this is a hope that the pair can be themselves without pressure from others.
This was Israel's debut Contest entry, and thus the first occasion on which a country from outside geographical Europe had competed in the Eurovision Song Contest. This apparent anomaly is explained by the fact the contest is open to all members of the European Broadcasting Union, an organisation which extends beyond Europe.
At the close of voting, it had received 97 points, placing 4th in a field of 17, one of the stronger debuts in Contest history.