Israel now, and one of the longer running participants in the contest with three victories to their name, including the watershed Dana International in 1998.
Mei Finegold was selected internally, but the song was selected in a national selection event, Kdam, where “Same Heart” was selected. Israel have an unfortunate hat-trick of non-qualification to break, and have a fairly patchy qualification record in any case. But things are looking up this year.
This is a fabulous song, husky-voiced Mei has a lot of power and this is a perfect match for her. Mei has had enough, so get out of the way, she’s got a bloody samurai sword! The chorus throbs with synths and frustrated lyrics are spat out.
She’s no doubt going to perform the hell out of this one, though I wonder her reliable that voice is going to be. If she pulls it off it’s going to be a real showstopper. Good luck Mei!
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