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Israel: Imri Ziv – I Feel Alive

Imri’s I Feel Alive bring some much needed BPM to this year’s Eurovision. On first listen, it sounds very Tooji during the chorus, but without the ethno instrumentation. It’s a well produced dance track and will surely be a Euroclub favourite. This isn’t an infectious Golden Boy type track, so I doubt we’ll see Israel invading the top-10 this year unless they have amazing staging. From a jury perspective, though, the song feels rather generic, so again, any prediction of high score looks rather ambitious. And had it been performed by Mei Finegold, I fear we’d be predicting non-qualifier or…
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Imri is a good-looking fella, but if he appears too cocky and unapproachable to televoters, there’s a danger he could lose out.

User Rating: 3.31 ( 24 votes)

Imri’s I Feel Alive bring some much needed BPM to this year’s Eurovision. On first listen, it sounds very Tooji during the chorus, but without the ethno instrumentation. It’s a well produced dance track and will surely be a Euroclub favourite.

This isn’t an infectious Golden Boy type track, so I doubt we’ll see Israel invading the top-10 this year unless they have amazing staging. From a jury perspective, though, the song feels rather generic, so again, any prediction of high score looks rather ambitious. And had it been performed by Mei Finegold, I fear we’d be predicting non-qualifier or borderline at best. Luckily for Imri, Israel are in the second half of the easier semi-final; however, that doesn’t make Israel certain qualifiers. Imri is a good-looking fella, but if he appears too cocky and unapproachable to televoters, there’s a danger he could lose out to the more natural, likeable and accessible Belarus or bat shit crazy Croatia.

Israel should qualify, but it’s worth waiting to see how Imri performs his song before committing to the position.

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10 comments

  1. I’d make a decent bet on this getting the pimp slot

  2. Gav, there’s little I would want to add your review other than to say that in 2012 for all the merits of his dance number and performance Tooji only qualified 10th in his semi and came last in the final. There was some element of likeability or emotional connection missing and I Feel Alive maybe has the same failings. Looking at the draw it may be borderline whether it qualifies.

    • Which is why I’ve mentioned Tooji. I believe the Israeli delegation are aware of the situation, so I guess they’ll make him appear more fun.

    • Well that and the fact that he fluked a MGP victory at the very last hurdle due to a sudden “underdog factor” in the final (he didn’t win his semi final), so clearly if the Norwegians didn’t get it the first time around, how would anyone expect the rest of Europe to?

      Israel have done an outstanding job with staging the last two years so I trust them to not mess up with this one, and the guy wouldn’t have won that Rising Star show if the public didn’t think he had something about him.

  3. Staging will make or break this song, it’s a good thing it stands out as I still find it quite forgetable bar the “I Feel Alive” bit. Based on the last 2 years Israel have saved 2 rubbish songs with awesome staging and I expect the same here and therefore would be quite surprised if we didn’t see this on Saturday night but the staging will decide if this is a Tooji, a Golden Boy or a Eric Saade.

    • hmmm, really? I really dont get why you are all so confident about the song’s chances, looks like a cliche Eurovision song, with uninspired lyrics, and even Greece, which belongs on the same genre has a stronger song than this.

  4. Looking at this second semi this really should be making the final. I think a top 10 is a push at this stage but not impossible. Maybe solidly mid table, around 12th- 17th.

  5. its catchy… but i’d remind everyone of Hungary’s spectacular failure with another bouncy dance tune not so long back.

  6. There is nothing in common between this and tooji, this is much better and for sure the israeli looks muc much better

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