Pre-Contest Vote 2015: Israel

Welcome back to the ESC Views’ Pre-Contest Vote 2015! If you haven’t heard about what this is and hoew it works, feel free to click this link to take you to the ‘Launch Page.’ As more of these articles are written, you’ll be able to freely move between one country and the other, to see our opinions and lave thoughts of your own!

Today we are looking at Israel, a country who have not been in the Eurovision final since 2010. After failing last year (much to many fans’ surprise), they have chosen Nadav Guedj (winner of an X-Factor style show), aged just sixteen, to head to Vienna with his upbeat pop tune ‘Golden Boy.’ While the lyrics may be far from thought-provoking or impressive (‘I’m the king of fun’), the beat is quite strong and the song stands out among a slew of ballads. Comparisons to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Sing’ have been bounded about online – a good or bad thing? Will the juries love it? Can he sing well enough live?

Our opinions:

Rory – After the travesty that was the non-qualification of Mei, I feel like Israel have tried to take things back a bit..Nadav’s song is quite okay, and I am a huge fan of the shoulder dancing, but something just doesn’t feel right here..I hope they do get through, but I’d be a little weary of them anyway.  Score: 7 points out of 12.

Lewis – One of the best Israeli entries in recent years, the country has clearly learnt the lessons from Same Heart not qualifying last year, even though it should’ve! It’s a nice anthem-like song and is one that’s hard to get out of your head. Score: – 8 points out of 12.

Reece – Not bad at all from Israel. No ‘Same Heart’, but I have a feeling this will garner many more points than Mei did last year. The public will like, the juries not so much. This contemporary song should finish mid-table. Score: 8 points out of 12.

Lauren – At first I thought that this one was yet another ballad, and I almost switched it off because of how tired I’m getting of all these ballads. However, once it hit the thirty second mark, I realised that this is probably the least ballad-ish song, chorus sounding very Israel-y. Score: 8 points out of 12.

Positive comments there and a total of 31 points for Israel from us. But you may have other thoughts – vote below in the poll and let us know!

At the end of this series, we will know exactly what you think of the Israeli song this year… is a return to the final on the cards? Does performing early scupper their chances? Where’s Dana International in all of this? Any other opinions – leave a comment!

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