Discuss: English lyrics will get Israel to the Eurovision final

Israel last qualified for the Eurovision final in 2010. Since then, they’ve tried sending a previous winner, a rock band, and a couple of reality TV singing stars. Some songs have been fan favourites, but haven’t managed to impress the public. Can Nadav Guedj‘s Middle Eastern dance track “Golden Boy” win over audiences and get Israel back into the final?

“Golden Boy” starts with Guedj telling his mum about his broken heart. But he has a plan for dealing with that drama – “Now I’m gonna ease my pain dancing on the floor.” The song soon erupts into an early 2000s-style dance track, with Middle-Eastern flourishes in the chorus.

And it sounds like the dance floor is making Guedj forget all about his relationship woes. As he tells the girls in the club, “Pull me, baby, I’m your trigger/You know that my love is bigger”. Oh my!

His seduction technique also involves being a cultural ambassador for his city. He sings, “I’m a golden boy/Come here to enjoy/And before I leave/Let me show you Tel Aviv”. But the way things are going with the ladies, this golden boy won’t have much time for sightseeing.

For the first time ever Israel has entered a song that’s sung entirely in English. Hebrew is a beautiful language, but will the English lyrics make the song more accessible and relatable to European audiences? Or should Israel stick with its bilingual tradition?

“Golden Boy” lyrics – Nadav Guedj (Israel)

Mama, someone broke my heart again
Tell her I don’t think I can take it anymore
Whoa, mama, someone broke my heart again
Now I’m gonna ease my pain
Dancing on the floor

Take me out
I’m not in the mood for a broken heart
Gonna dance tonight
Forget her

No, she doesn’t know what I’m doing on the floor
Did you say hello, my ladies?

Pull me, baby, I’m your trigger
You know that my love is bigger
Love, love, love, love
(Love, love, love)

Let the rhythm take us higher
You know when I’m on fire
Check me out
Three, two, one, hey!

I’m a golden boy
Come here to enjoy
I’m the king of fun
Let me show you how we do it
I’m a golden boy
Come here to enjoy
And before I leave
Let me show you Tel Aviv

Hold me tight
We’re not going home tonight
(Oh yeah)
Do you like my dancing?

Pull me, baby, I’m your trigger
You know that my love is bigger
Check me out
Three, two, one, hey!

I’m a golden boy
Come here to enjoy
I’m the king of fun
Let me show you how we do it
I’m a golden boy
Come here to enjoy
And before I leave
Let me show you Tel Aviv

This is how we do it
This is how we do it

Mama, someone broke my heart again
Now I’m gonna ease my pain
Dancing on the floor

I’m a golden boy
Come here to enjoy
I’m the king of fun
Let me show you how we do it
I’m a golden boy
Come here to enjoy
And before I leave
Let me show you Tel Aviv

Now dance, dance, dance, dance
Ok, we gotta go
Three minutes
Bye bye