Hey everyone and welcome back to the ‘Possible Artists’ series! Today we’re travelling to the southernmost country in the Contest that still takes part; Israel! Who could be Israel’s best artists that go to Copenhagen next year and possibly be the next Dana International (not transgender act, but the next winner for Israel!), well keep reading and you’ll find out!
The first artist I’d recommend to the IBA to send to the B & W Hallerne would be the simply amazing singer Chen Aharoni, although his stage is just his first name. Chen is 23 years old and is one of Israel’s most popular young stars. Chen burst onto the Israeli music scene in 2007, when he took part in the Israeli version of Pop Idol, and came in a very respectable 4th place. He finished behind Boaz Mauda, who, as we all know, represented Israel in the 2008 Contest in Belgrade. He later released his self-titled debut album in 2010 and the song ‘Neshima’ (‘Breathing’), that included fellow Israeli, Esti Ginzburg, shot straight to the top of the music charts.
This brand of pop/soul/ballad is obviously a great mix, even though we have no idea what they’re saying… unless you’re fluent in Hebrew! Released in 2010, this song could have done well in both Oslo and Dusseldorf, but as no specific release date was put on the single, we’re not sure if it would have been eligible for either Contest. If the song was in Oslo, I would say that it would do well in the semi-final, but when it came to the final, they would be disappointed. In Dusseldorf, however, that song would stand a great chance of qualifying, but we’ll never know! Speaking of Dusseldorf, did you know Chen tried to represent Israel in Dusseldorf? Oh yes, Chen entered Kdam in 2011 and came in fourth place, but Dana International beat him to it! His song, ‘Or’ (‘Light’), was actually not that bad!
This song definitely shows off the traditional side of his music, while still infusing the modern music and beats. The fact Chen is singing in both Hebrew and English is great as we all know what he’s singing about (although his accent may need tweaking)! If this song went to Dusseldorf, the song would be really good on stage, but whether the song would get any votes from countries would be debatable. Personally, I’d vote for the song, but the rest of Europe has a big question mark. Recently, I must note, Chen has auditioned for the British version of the X Factor and has so far been successful in reaching the next stage of the competition, but we’ll see if he makes it any further!
Israel has many great artists and many have had the courage to come out and be proud of who they are. Even our own Harel Skaat, who represented Israel back in 2010, came out as being gay in October of 2010. So for our second recommendation, we’ll be picking one of the many great gay artists; Rona Kernan. Rona is a very successful artist and her debut album was really popular in Israel. Most of the songs she sings are in English, although in recent times, she has started to sing in Hebrew. Her song ‘Prison By The Sea’, released in 2007, would be a perfect example of the song that would do well for Israel.
This bubbly pop track could do really well for Israel, and I would really go for something like this to be sent to Eurovision on behalf of the country. The song was released on New Year’s Day in 2007 and so, would be eligible to represent Israel in Helsinki. But then The Teapacks were chosen and were easily one of Israel’s worst entries. What happened, IBA?! Why pick such horrible acts like the Teapacks when gems like Rona are still waiting to be found? Oh well…
As well as these artists, we’d also love to see these guys at Eurovision too, so do listen to them when you get the chance!
So what would you think if Chen or Rona represented Israel next year? Or would you pick a different artist?
Nick van Lith from the Netherlands: I’m not too sure about Chen. He’s proven to have some troubles with live performances. He has his moments, but he’s not consistent yet.
Seth Wezendonk from the Netherlands: Chen is amazing! I would like to see him in Copenhagen! Would be a fantastic choice, from all the Israeli entries I only loved 2013, so Chen would be an amazing choice.
Oliver Andreas Reinhold Stoltz from Denmark: Chen would be amazing!
So some of the fans are definitely up for having Chen represent Israel, but there are some doubts as to whether he can deliver on the stage. But what would you think if Chen or Rona represented Israel? Or would you want the IBA to send a different artist to represent the country? Feel free to let us know what you think by commenting below!