The last time you may have heard of Shiri Maymon was at last year's Eurovision Song Contest.
The sultry songstress finished in a very respectable fourth place with her power ballad The Silence That Remains, and came very close to winning at one point after taking an early lead. In doing so, she gave Israel their biggest success in the contest since Dana International won in 1998 – and has ensured they automatically have a place in the final of this year's contest.
But there was life before Eurovision for Shiri, and there is certainly life after for the 24-year-old Haifa-born singer, who made her name as a wannabe on the Israeli version of Pop Idol (she was runner-up on the show). Probably the biggest highlight of the year for her, apart from Eurovision, was being named leading Musical Figure of the Year in Israel. Also, Israel's popular website Ynet.co.il voted her Eurovision entry the best song of the year. 2005 also saw the release of her debut, self-titled album, in Israel.
While music remains Shiri's main passion, she's not ruling out other opportunities to be in the spotlight, and has secured a role in an Israeli soap opera to be broadcast on one of the country's music channels.
For more information, you can visit her website at: www.shiri-maimon.co.il