Yesterday the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — travelled to Israel and took in the sights along the Tel Aviv promenade. As we basked in the warm sun, we discussed Hovi Star’s song “Made of Stars”. Did we enjoy his ode to heavenly bodies? Or did it send us crashing back to Earth? Read on to find out!
Hovi Star with “Made of Stars”
“Made of Stars” reviews
Bogdan: Take note, Europe. This is how you save a meh song, with days to spare before the deadline. Israel had a rock that was sinking to the bottom of my top 43, and they polished it into a diamond that is shining like a star. Hovi’s voice is better highlighted and hopefully a killer performance will help Israel make it to the final again. “Made Of Stars” deserves to do at least as well as “Golden Boy”, if not better.
Bernardo: Enough to say that the first version of “Made of Stars” was 35th on my top. The revamp? Top 10! This is a definition of greatness in revamp history of Eurovision. An orchestral and powerful arrangement that can only be supported with a strong voice like Hovi’s. It’s a grower — I can see people voting for it in the semi-final and even more people in the final. Yes, Hovi! You hypnotise me and you’re going to hush every single voice in Globe Arena.
Angus: If this is made of stars they’re pretty dull ones. Hovi has a promising voice, but this faux Adele production is boring. The central hook is repeated over, and over, and over again without any clarity on message or vocal progression. This is a filler track at best.
William C: Ha’Kokha HaBa L’Eirovizion was rather strong this year, unfortunately in the national final, Hovi was my last place. I found Nofar’s version of “Made of Stars” was a thousand times better. However, with one of the most noticeable revamps of 2016, Hovi has immensely improved the song, turning it into a way more dramatic piece, something that is not too common this year. A fantastic power ballad with a fantastic vocalist to back it up will make sure this will be in the final, and I sure hope it will be there.
Chris: Oh dear. I really liked the original version of “Made of Stars”, which felt like it had a real sense of drama behind it. This revamped attempt loses a lot of the soul that made the song feel original and like it was meant for Hovi. To me, this is incredibly hollow and completely negates Hovi’s presence as a performer.
Deban: Shalom, it’s a new dawn! The star from Israel has revamped his entry, ushering in a new wave of positive critical reception. The remastered version speaks a much broader language, starting off mellow before building into a symphonic anthem. A team that listens is a team that deserves to do well. The Israeli delegation deserve special mention for engaging with fans and the media. I am confident that Hovi Star will slay Stockholm with a great song, and unforgettable fashion moments.
Forrest: What once was a lacklustre ballad is now a soaring orchestral anthem which showcases Hovi’s strong vocals much more effectively than its predecessor. Lyrically, the song is moving and powerful. The benefit of an orchestral scoring is that the lyrics become the focal point rather than an accessory and that approach works perfectly. Additionally, the production is top notch and the music video is a work of art in itself. To my delight, this song also reinforces, much like 2015’s “A Monster Like Me”, that there is still a place for classical sounds at Eurovision.
William: An R&B ballad with a classical sensibility, “Made of Stars” almost feels symphonic. Hovi Star’s rich, melodic voice carries this well, creating something deeply emotional and stirring. Slick and simple production maintain the purity of his voice and the melody, and the bridge does what a bridge should do — it adds dynamism and drive. The final minute is easily the most anthemic of the year. The revamp was a triumph.
Max: “Made of Stars” has been transformed into an enchanting slow-burner of a song with an anthemic feel. It builds so gradually, however, that I worry many viewers will have switched off by the time the song takes off around the two minute mark. On the other hand, if Hovi can deliver a flawless vocal performance and conjure up a magical atmosphere, this could strongly appeal to juries and score very well in Stockholm.
Padraig: Hovi Star is a star. That’s not up for debate. Alas, his Eurovision entry is not star material. We’re repeatedly told that we are all made of stars. Surely that’s a positive thing? Yet, Hovi sings in such a morose manner that I start to wonder. Are stars a metaphor for something less glamorous? Are we really just made of tin foil? At the Israeli selection, it was clear that the song was not fit for purpose. But with the revamp, it’s as if the producers saw Sam Smith’s success and decided to hop on the bandwagon. I’d rather Hovi be Hovi, because we really don’t need a second Sam.
Robyn: I really liked the original version of “Made of Stars”, especially the dark, edgy energy that Hovi brought to the live performance. And yes, I was so disappointed that the entry was turned into a gentle ballad. But while it’s no long a favourite of mine, there’s still a good song in there (and that weird key change!), and Hovi has what it takes to deliver it with emotion and strength.
Kristin: For some reason, I’m completely mesmerised by Hovi and this song. Granted, it doesn’t reach the epic status of “Golden Boy” because this is a totally different genre — I fear that it might get lost in the competition itself. But for me, “Made of Stars” is a subtle masterpiece. It’s actually giving me goosebumps, just like Elnur and “Hour of the Wolf” did last year. I might be flying solo here, but I don’t care. I love this song, and I love Hovi. Simple as that.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 40 jurors but only have room for 12 reviews. The remaining 28 scores are below.
The highest and lowest scores are dropped prior to calculating the average score. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 1 and a high of 9.