Derekh Hamelekh

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Israel "Derekh Hamelekh"
Eurovision Song Contest 1989 entry
Gili & Galit
Shaike Paikov
Shaike Paikov
Shaike Paikov
Finals performance
Final result
Final points
Appearance chronology
◄ "Ben Adam" (1988)   
"Shara Barkhovot" (1990) ►

"Derekh Hamelekh" (Hebrew script: דרך המלך, English translation: "The King's Road") was the Israeli entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1989, performed in Hebrew by Gili & Galit.

The song deals with the singers' joy on traveling down "The King's Road" - a Biblical reference. They sing that this is the only road they will ever travel in their lives.

The song was performed second on the night (following Italy's Anna Oxa & Fausto Leali with Avrei voluto and preceding Ireland's Kiev Connolly & The Missing Passengers with The Real Me). At the close of voting, it had received 50 points, placing 12th in a field of 22.

The performance was marred by a slight lapse of Gili's memory as he finished singing the second verse. He recovered well, and performed the rest of the song flawlessly.

It was succeeded as Israeli representative at the 1990 Contest by Rita with Shara Barkhovot.

Gili & Galit recorded an English-language version of the song entitled Shine For Tomorrow.