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Israel: Mei Feingold – Same Heart

    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…

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Broken Heart

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.

User Rating: 3.81 ( 36 votes)

 
 
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
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Since the introduction of the new semi-final format, Israel have failed to qualify five times in 10 attempts. 50% qualification success.

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

Israel has finished in the top-10 twice times since 2004.

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

Average Points Received

France – 5.5
Azerbaijan – 5.0
Finland – 4.7
Belarus – 4.5
Netherlands – 4.5
Portugal – 4.1
Switzerland – 4.1

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14 comments

  1. An upbeat entry by numbers as far as Eurovision is concerned. It helps its chances by getting going fairly quickly. The chorus which moves into a short dance interlude is good, but the long Hebrew part is less appealing and interrupts the flow of the song. Overall, I think it spends too long in quieter parts. In its higher key towards the end, I think it’s much more powerful, and should be in that key from the beginning, perhaps even at the sacrifice of a key change.

    First instinct says it should qualify, but the opinions of others I’ve seen suggests it may be more of a borderline case. It’s about on par with Macedonia, a bit stronger perhaps. Televoters and juries may be likely to agree on a ranking for this one. Estimated 11th-19th in the final.

  2. i like this. will reserve too much of an opinion until i’ve heard it live. i prefer the israeli part to the english though.

  3. I’ve been doing another round on these songs and this caught my eye..or, erm, ear. She is very interesting and captivating somehow. Her voice is unique in a good way and she seems vocally very strong also. Thoughts on this? I really feel like top10 is within her reach. Any thoughts?

    • It’s Israel and they have a bad draw in semi-2. She’ll need some major jury love to make the final, but it’s not impossible.

      I’ll be waiting until rehearsals.

      • Is it really a bad draw? #2 is statistically one of the best when it comes to semi finals.

        • I’d definitely say this is only due to insufficient statistics. 2nd has proven a shit draw in all other televised formats with viewer voting (including the Eurovision finals I presume), I see no reason Eurovision semis would be any different.

          • Yeah this, we simply dont have enough data to make a claim 2nd is good. And I it’s nonsensical, why would it be great spot to be? Good songs just have happenened to go 2nd and therefore it looks like it’s a good spot.

  4. First live performance. Would have liked a better production quality, but better than nothing I guess.

    What’s obvious is it has huge euroclub hit written all over it. Will probably be even cheaper lay than it is right now.

    • Its got Kati Wolf written all over it but Mei has better legs.

    • Haha what an amazing fanwank! 😀 that interlude before the hebrew verse must really get the fans off.

      I don’t see any reason to jump on the 2.40 NQ offered by Bwin, at least 3.00 should be in the cards. There’s been a big chunk traded on Betfair corresponding to NQ odds of over 3.50, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if we get back to around that area soon again.

      In the end, I expect this song to finish in the neighborhood of San Marino last year, ie 9-12th. Could definitely sneak in, there’s quite a bit of crap fighting for those 5 NQ slots.

      • The thought is, well in my head anyway, is that FYR Macedonia & Romania are far more competent entries when pitched against Israel. I also think the drama of Norway will send Israel down the memory hole. In my opinion, Israel qualifies at the expense of Malta.

    • Yeah, I can tell this is a fanwank, but as with many songs, I find it a bit extreme to suggest it won’t qualify. “Kati Wolf” sounds about right. I think it depends on Mei’s image, she’s very sexy and fierce in the music video, so if she’s going to suddenly become an angel in Copenhagen, I think there will be a bit too much of a mismatch between sound and image. She needs to be vocally strong and dance a bit too, like Ani Lorak.

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