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Israel: Hovi Star – Made of Stars

Hosting extra long national finals seem to be the fashion this year, and despite starting at 20:00 CET, a final consisting of just four artists took over two hours. In the end, the Israeli public selected Hovi to represent them in Stockholm with the song Made of Stars. The Made of Stars intro promises a great deal more than what eventually plays out. The impact and edgy qualities of the song are impressive, but the package suffers from a flat and flimsy refrain. It's also noticeable the writers ran out of ideas near the end, as the Made of Stars hook is repeated…
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Death Star

Israel have to knock out Latvia, Ireland, Australia, Lithuania and Poland in the first half of semi-2 to make the final.

User Rating: 2.26 ( 31 votes)

Hosting extra long national finals seem to be the fashion this year, and despite starting at 20:00 CET, a final consisting of just four artists took over two hours.

In the end, the Israeli public selected Hovi to represent them in Stockholm with the song Made of Stars.

The Made of Stars intro promises a great deal more than what eventually plays out. The impact and edgy qualities of the song are impressive, but the package suffers from a flat and flimsy refrain. It’s also noticeable the writers ran out of ideas near the end, as the Made of Stars hook is repeated ad nauseam during the final minute.

Hovi is a decent singer, but I don’t think Europe will be as invested in him as the Rising Star audience. When you consider that Mei Finegold finished 14th in her semi-final, it’s difficult to see Israel making the final, given they’d have to knock out Latvia, Ireland, Australia, Lithuania and Poland in the first half of semi-2. It’s a shame, as Nadav Guedj showed Israel can compete at the sharp end of the Contest last year.

UPDATE:

The upbeat strengths of the original Made of Stars have been dropped in favour of an insipid Sam Smith-inspired ballad that takes over two minutes to reach a climax. Harel Skaat finished 8th in 2010, albeit in a strong semi-final, but Moran Mazor ended up in 14th place in 2013 with much less competition. Even Valentina Monetta finished ahead of Israel in 2013!

The new arrangement is high quality, but it’s polishing long brown turd of a song; and from the first half of semi-final 2, Israel still needs to beat Latvia, Australia, Lithuania, Poland, Serbia and Ireland if a maximum of five proceed to the final from that half.

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25 comments

  1. Ugh, it’s Israeli Sam F***ing Smith, no thanks

  2. It’s not a bad song at all, it’s just a bit boring. Something we’ve heard in Eurovision a thousand times already. This is by the same songwriter as Golden Boy though, so I don’t think it should be written off from qualification. My problem is that based on hearing the song and seeing a photo of Hovi, it doesn’t feel cohesive or like they put as much thought into this act as they did with Nadav.

  3. I think you said in the preview Gav that Israel would make the wrong choice and you’re not wrong. No way Israel are qualifying with this.

  4. Bit of a conspiracy theory but I have a feeling last year the juries where given a bit of a nudge to give Israel preferale treatment and I worry this pile of shit will get the same treatment…I mean 4th place in the jury in semi 2 was total bullshit just to keep Israel from withdrawing!

    • Last year’s song was catchy, uptempo, staged well and had the neat camera selfie gimmick. It had nothing to do with any ‘conspiracy theory’.

    • It was a well staged fun party song in a sea of ballads, no conspiracy, they just had pure luck in picking a song that stood out.

  5. Song wise…I simply cannot see who would vote for it…the singer isn’t very appealing or inspiring, the sing itself is completely nothing, his voice is alright but not something special and bare in mind isreal’s usual lack of friends and a first half draw in a 19 song semi and I simply don’t see how this can be in the shake up to qualify and tbh this is my top for last place in the semi final.

  6. This is going nowhere. I’d be surprised if Switzerland and Belarus didn’t score higher at the bottom end of semi final 2…

  7. They sang silly cover versions in a knockout round last night before even getting the chance to sing their chosen songs. The most chance-less choice of the 4 will go to Stockholm. Well done Israel. NQ.

  8. When you think this years ESC cant get lower in quality,,,it does.Luckily at least the Saturday night audience wont have to suffer this.Worst of the four songs won.
    The EBU need to hope the voting changes encourage more diversity in future because its looking a disaster of a year.Good job SVT are hosting to at least lift some of the dross with high production values.

    • Yeah I agree with the spirit of this comment: It does cross my mind that although we haven’t heard the final versions of all the songs, or how they’re finally staged, the contest is such a financial big deal for many countries that you can’t believe the low quality some of them send!

  9. Hovi Star would be a great porn name.
    I don’t mind the song, it was the best of the four or… the least bad. But no amount of staging could save it from not qualifying.

  10. Missing Golden Boy already….”c’est vachement, une collision de voiture.”

  11. Are you going to update your review? It’s incredible how much a song can change with a revamp…

  12. Yes, we need another review. A nice one too!

    • A few thoughts chucked together at the bottom of the original review. It’s nice, but still an uphill struggle to overcome their voting lag. Need the running order before making my mind up.

  13. This review is tired. With drones on stage this song could be the real dark horse.

  14. I think this is a very weak entry that ( like SM ) think revamping the song will help its chance’s of qualifying when infact they are stripping the song of any charm it has. I don’t really care for the fan’s view of this entry because let’s face it…Israel could send a person reading a phone book on stage and they would be loved by the fans ( this song was the test to see how loved Israel really are).

    It shouldn’t qualify and if/when it doesn’t everyone will be saying because its Israel when in fact it is getting exactly what it deserves. In my view from the running order SVT are trying to kill SWI,ISR,BEL form 3-5 by putting them next to imo the best 2 song’s in the semi in LAT and SRB.

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