Hello welcome to my series of quick takes designed to get you ready for Eurovision 2019. Just some quick thoughts / my take on each of the 41 songs this year. The countries are in alphabetical order so without further ado: Israel.
Singer: Kobi Marimi
Personal Score: 21 out of 41
My Prediction: Auto Qualified
Someone in one of my Eurovision groups referred to Kobi’s voice as a haunted chimney and I am never going to be able to unhear it. That being said, I don’t think that’s actually a bad thing. Kobi has a really interesting and layered vocal performance that tends toward these really cold but controlled sounds but with the stark and stripped down “Home” that’s a big plus. This is probably mostly jury bait which will be ignored by the audience at home unless the performance is perfectly paced and shot to let people connect with him but that’s alright. The song is very musical but it feels strangely modern as well, you wouldn’t be too shocked to hear this on a Spotify playlist for 50 year old housewives. It’s a pretty strange match for someone this young but he is doing a great job trying to meet it where it stands. If Israel wasn’t qualifying automatically I’m not sure this would have gotten out of the semi finals but I won’t be sad to see it in the final line up, it’s a perfectly pleasant piece with some potential to be touching.