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Israel: Kobi Marimi – Home

This year's hosts, Israel, have released Kobi Marimi's song, Home. Home is the sort of song a host nation sends to Eurovision when they have zero ambition to win again. In Kobi they have a great vocalist who has a pleasant if not rather insipid Josh Groben-inspired ballad. Israel needed to be drawn 20th-26th in the running order to earn any recognition. Having drawn 14th it will surely leave them in a fight for last place in the final. But then I can't say it isn't deserved given the distinct lack of any reason to vote for it.
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Having drawn 14th it will surely leave them in a fight for last place in the final.

User Rating: 2.9 ( 32 votes)

This year’s hosts, Israel, have released Kobi Marimi’s song, Home.

Home is the sort of song a host nation sends to Eurovision when they have zero ambition to win again. In Kobi they have a great vocalist who has a pleasant if not rather insipid Josh Groben-inspired ballad.

Israel needed to be drawn 20th-26th in the running order to earn any recognition. Having drawn 14th it will surely leave them in a fight for last place in the final. But then I can’t say it isn’t deserved given the distinct lack of any reason to vote for it.

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21 comments

  1. This song is very very different, its memorable most people will hate it but some will love it and vote it (it will be very different than the rest songs) It will not do badly (Top 10 isnt impossible). Juries will punish this and many will put this last, but televoters cant vote against a song and i believe this will end top 10 in televoting.

  2. Israel obviously want to make sure they don’t do the double. Is this another last place for a host nation?

  3. Typical dull ballad host entry. I can’t see this doing much to be honest and depending on the draw Israel could be fighting to avoid last place. Another overwrought guy ballad is not what the contest needed.

  4. The dude is 27 but he sounds like he’s 40.

  5. With all 41 countries’ songs in, I’ve decided to take stock. I would say only the following have a good to fair chance of making top 10 or better. I would divide these into four categories.

    High scores in both jury and televote:

    The Netherlands
    Russia
    Italy

    High jury score, lower televote:

    Sweden
    Greece
    Azerbaijan

    Lower jury score, high televote:

    Norway
    Estonia
    Cyprus
    Switzerland

    Songs that could either fly or flop:

    Iceland
    Portugal
    Australia
    Spain

    Of course, as happens every year, something unexpected will turn up at first rehearsal with amazing staging and totally transform its chances (Fuego) or will come out of nowhere on the big night (Non Mi Avete Fatto Niente).

    • Good, concise list!

      Oz and Spain are being very underrated. Once they polish their entries for a live show we could see a price crash. Spain is easier to get right, but Oz has one of the stronger big finishes amongst the entire field.

      I’m quite shocked at the general reaction to Israel, there’s huge jury potential if he nails the vocals (which are immense). Is it too overblown for people? I guess it’s too earnest perhaps, and I fear he lacks charisma.

      I would add Belgium to your list. I think…

      • Juries will hate Israel because it is dated, and overdramatic. It looks like a joke entry a little bit but its the song that creems Eurovision song the most. Will only score televoting points in the final, but it will do well i believe.

      • Belgium was on the original list under ‘good jury score and not so good televote’, but in the interests of keeping things concise I left it out as I think its overall top 10 chances may be marginal – as with Malta and Armenia, also left out for the same reasons.

        I genuinely believe Australia has a good song. Reaction to the audio version was positive. The current staging while eye-catching has been largely done before and encourages unfavourable comparisons to Elina Nechayeva. If Australia come up with different but effective staging, they could do very well, although whatever they do staging-wise, winning over the juries will be a challenge.

        • I kind of like the staging. The human metronome should stay. The Y axis needs more exploration at the Eurovision!

          They just need to build the acrobatics and anti gravity stuff into the song, make it more engaging and less wtf

    • Catriona Colville

      I agree with most of this list, although I would switch Italy and Sweden, as I think Sweden’s song is far more televote friendly than recent years, and I don’t see Italy having mass appeal, and I don’t much faith in Mahmood’s ability to sell it.

  6. Worst host entry since… since… I don’t know honestly… Maaaybe Hello From Mars.

  7. Singing 14th on the big night……I honestly don’t care very much for this I am afraid and it will definitely not be “next year in Jerusalem”…..

    those speculating on a re-run of 1978/1979 can relax.

  8. Amazing singer and song…the only one that moved me from all ballads…what are you talking about….with powerful staging this must be top 10…..kobi is the best singer in the contest by far…he can give lessons how you serve a text…get some taste kids

  9. Gav would you be able to post up a ‘Eurovision 2019 all Songs selected’ or something similar thread – somewhere where the team can post up their overview so far of ESC 2019 and providing one place where we can access the team’s summaries so far. Would be great and much appreciated 👍😎 Thanks

    • How do you mean, Showlad? I tend to rely on the country-by-country review pages as threads before posting individual semi-final threads once the running order is published. Just before flying out I also publish a contender and dark horse pre-rehearsal preview.

      I’m happy to do it, but don’t want to divert traffic from the individual country threads.

  10. Hi Gav. I was just meaning a thread where we can discuss the ‘final revealed field’ in one place at this pre-Eurovision party point. Such a summary would be an overview of our assessment at this stage which would really need a new thread as it couldn’t be split over individual country threads given it’s a general summery.
    I thought it would be great to have our assessments thus far as a team on one easily accessible thread 👌👍😎

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