Ron Kavaler

Ron Kavaler, our Israeli correspondent, says his biggest Eurovision memory is the unforgettable night in 1998 when Dana International won with “Diva”. He’s also a big Melodifestivalen fan and has followed the event every year since 2003. “Euphoria” is his favourite Eurovision song ever. He attended ESC 2013 in Malmö. He met Wiwi in the press center and has been contributing to the web site ever since.

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  1. E.?169
    October 19, 2017 @ 11:53 am

    I really think Israel doesn’t have anything to worry about, because they are picking the right songs that viewers like, however this year the singer just didn’t perform like viewers wanted, so I hope the singers are amazing and have great voices, because they wont have anything to worry about next year, if the voices match up to the songs that are really done well

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  2. Azaad
    October 19, 2017 @ 8:12 am

    Israel did great in the televote in 2015…so I don’t think they’re being set up to fail by the EBU. Hovi’s song was more jury friendly (and it did well with the jury) and Imri just sung bad.

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  3. AngieP
    October 18, 2017 @ 8:56 pm

    Great news! I’m really excited!

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  4. Polegend Godgarina
    October 18, 2017 @ 8:38 pm

    They need to send Eden Ben Zaken. Malkat Hashoshanim and Tazizu are the bops everyone needs in their lives.

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  5. Maya G
    October 18, 2017 @ 7:06 pm

    I pitty the fool who bothers to watch this shitty TV show.
    Not only is it fixed from the beginning, it’s just bad television. Like a guilty pleasure, but without the pleasure.

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    • Tali
      October 19, 2017 @ 10:06 pm

      I can’t honestly say I won’t take a peek from time to time, but I agree with you 100%. Anyone involved in that show must be guilty of at least one of the 7 deadly sins 🙂 and ‘greed’ certainly tops the list.

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  6. Tali
    October 18, 2017 @ 6:45 pm

    They should follow San Marino’s example and stop this charade of prerecorded shows with all the silly sob-story going on plus fake candidates on the production’s payroll. You got 15 televote points with Hovi Star in 2016 and 5 points with Imri from 40+ countries for heaven’s sake! If that didn’t already raise alarm bells, nothing probably will. Face it: you don’t have what it takes to make headway because your Eurovision process is based on favoritism and nepotism.

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    • Gorilla716
      October 18, 2017 @ 9:33 pm

      Hovi Star only got 15 televote points because his song is dull and boring while Imri only got 5 televote points because he performed first in the running order. Also, 99.9% of Eurovision viewers will never have seen the Israeli national final and so they won’t care about it.

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      • Tali
        October 19, 2017 @ 9:57 pm

        “Also, 99.9% of Eurovision viewers will never have seen the Israeli national final and so they won’t care about it.”

        It’s because the Israeli format and its promoters don’t really care about Europe or interested in any European involvement. They will never even consider inviting former Eurovision entrants, judges, bloggers or outside contestants because deep down they don’t care about that viewership. It’s a protectionist TV shenanigan that makes the broadcasting franchise richer by using the ESC trademark when in reality 99.5% of the songs performed there have nothing to do with Eurovision and its judges either despise or have no genuine affinity with the ESC:
        Yes, even Harel Skaat doesn’t know any songs other than Euphoria and Heroes, so there you have it.

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