Participant(s): Nadav Guedj Song:Golden Boy Writer(s): Doron Medalie Composer(s): Doron Medalie Broadcaster: IBA Social media:
The former national final Kdam Festival has been replaced by the “HaKovhav HaBa” show (Rising Star). The rule said that the winner of that show will be representing Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna. The winner of that show was the 16 years old Nadav Guedj. A jury determined the song later on.
Nadav Guedj was born in Paris, France in 1998. His parents moved to Netanya, Israel, where Nadav grew up. The lively guy has been singing since his childhood and loves to listen to R’n’B, pop, soul and hip hop. His idols are Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Usher and some more. In the “HaKovhav HaBa” show Nadav could convince the TV viewers and received 79% of the votes. He will be one of the youngest participants in the year’s Eurovision Song Contest, together with the duo Michele Perniola & Anita Simoncini representing San Marino.
The song “Golden Boy” is an up-tempo song with some really good dance beats and some oriental music elements. In the video clip you can watch the unique way of living in Tel Aviv, where people are celebrating life. That atmosphere is perfectly being caught in this piece of music. “Golden Boy” has a special instant appeal and will get a lot of attention, as this one sticks out of the ballads.
Debut: 1973 Participations: 38 Finals: 32 Top 10: 18 Chance for Top 10: 47%
Israel joined the Eurovision Song Contest in 1973. The debut entry “Ey-Sham” by Ilanit made a very good 4th place in Luxembourg. Since then, the Israeli entries brought a new energy in the contest. In the history of Israel in the ESC there were many strong, outstanding and unforgettable songs. Within the 38 years, Israel has been in the Grand Final for 34 times, and reached the Top10 18 times. The chance to reach a Top10 place for Israel is approximately 47%.
Three times Israel took the victory back home. One year after the first victory of Izar Cohen & The Alphabeta with “Abanibi”, Israel won another time with “Hallelujah” by Gali Atari & Milk & Honey on home ground. The extraordinary victory of the Dana International was legendary.
Israel is also popular for great choreographies, especially in the 80’s and 90’s formation dance was strongly used in the Israeli contributions and has been mimicked from other countries, but not as successfully. The contest is enjoying a great interest in Israel and has huge viewing figures.
Due to the introduction of the Semi Finals in 2004, Israel is not always among the finalists, out of 11 times, Israel could only qualify five times. Israel has not reached the Grand Final since 2011, even if there were strong entries like last year’s entry “Same Heart” by Mei Feingold in Copenhagen.