Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
Historical Support Strength
I would still prefer Feingold to perform in English, as Hebrew is one of the least accessible languages in Eurovision, and from a qualification point of view, it might be the difference between 10th and their average semi position of 11th place.
Israel brought us a more low key selection show than we’ve been used to of late. The public’s task was to select one of the three songs provided by the internally selected, Mei Feingold.
Eventually, the Israeli public chose Same Heart as their favourite song and Eurovision 2014 challenger!
I might have known the Israeli fanboys would dismiss the classier, more memorable Bond-inspired Be Proud over their eventual choice, the poppier sounding Same Heart.
I won’t dwell on the disappointment any longer; it’s just annoying that we keep losing sophisticated songs from a 2014 lineup that is yearning for quality. Maybe Feingold would be generous enough to donate Be Proud to Emma Marrone?
Same Heart still packs a punch, so should at least fight its corner in the slightly easier second semi-final. Furthermore, as we can see in this video, Mei Feingold is vocally strong, so should earn Israel some greatly needed jury support.
In a refreshing change from last year, Feingold will perform Same Heart bilingual, thus giving Europe a chance engage with her song. That said, Izabo performed Time in English back in 2012, but they were very much harder to get. I would still prefer Feingold to perform in English, as Hebrew is one of the least accessible languages in Eurovision, and from a qualification point of view, it might be the difference between 10th and their average semi position of 11th place.
What do you think of Israel’s choice?
- Qualification History
- Final Performance
Highest semi-final score: 158 (2005: Shiri Maimon – HaSheket SheNish’ar)
Lowest semi-final score: 17 (2007: Teapacks – Push the Button)
Average semi-final finishing position: 11th
Average semi-final score: 65 points
Highest score (since 2004): 154 (2005: Shiri Maimon – HaSheket SheNish’ar)
Lowest score (since 2004): 18 (2006: Eddie Butler – Together We Are One)
Average final position: 13th
Average final score: 81 points
France – 5.5
Azerbaijan – 5.0
Finland – 4.7
Belarus – 4.5
Netherlands – 4.5
Portugal – 4.1
Switzerland – 4.1