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