Today the Wiwi Jury braved security at Jerusalem’s international airport and eventually made it into the country to review Israel’s JESC 2012 entry from Kids.il. Did the six adorable moppets leave us screeching douze points? Read on to find out…
Deban: Enter Israel: Brace yourself and visualise beauty with a purpose. I spent a big part of my youth attending international beauty pageants, and this is the sort of score that marries well with such coronations. Great song, wrong context! Still, deserving of a high score because it is sung well, and the harmonies work beautifully in Hebrew. I love this entry. Dana International, take note: You needn’t resort to sexual innuendo to grab attention.
Mr. Häggkvist: Original, fantastic, full of magic and spark. It’s a strong song and the kids create a beautiful mix both visually and harmonically. This is the only song in this year’s contest that can beat Russia. I really like it!
Richard: I’m a big fan of Israeli songwriter Svika Pick and this sounds just like one of his 80s songs. It’s a really catchy song and should do well. But their sentiment of Let The Music Win will have no bearing on a result determined more by politics than anything else.
Vebooboo: What do you get when you put five United Colours of Bennetton mini-Spice Girls together with an awkward pimp boy? A winning song, that’s what. The break at 2 mins is random, but this song otherwise has all the winning ingredients…diversity, a catchy chorus, group harmony, and memorability. Russia offers a serious challenge with a song that could actually win normal ESC, but this one should appeal to a more youthful voting audience. Let’s just hope block voting doesn’t come into play, cuz Israel don’t got no friends!
Wiwi: An absolute triumph. This song is mature, catchy and touching. It’s as if they’re singing about the conflict that surrounds the state of Israel. Given the recent loss of lives and rocket attacks with Hamas, its message of peace takes on even more relevance. I suspect these kids know more about fear and war and trauma than most of us. Surely it’s in their collective conscience? If they sing as well live as they do digitally re-mastered, I see this winning the jury vote. I’m not convinced kids will vote for it, but I’m hoping that they do so.
Xander: Israel is providing this year’s “anthem”, and I must say that it is quite a nice one. I like how the song gradually builds emotion while maintaing a pleasant sense of simplicity and sincerity throughout. Classical-style harmonies are superbly interlaced with modern beats, which creates a nice balance. The kids all have great voices (at least in the digitally-enhanced studio version :P), and I am expecting a nice ranking for them in Amsterdam.
The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 8.83/10