“Far from the truth.”
That’s how one Eurovision winning composer is describing recent comments made by the composer of “Toy” who claimed that he is the true winner of Eurovision 2018 and not Netta.
In that interview Doron, who took Israel back to the Top 10 with “Golden Boy” in 2015, spoke openly about Netta’s dislike for the song on first listen. He also suggested it was very difficult to work with her.
“It was like taking a wild horse and putting it into a luxurious stable,” he said. “It is very normal that the horse will try to resist.”
(This echoes recent comments from The Next Star director Yoav Tzafir, who said that Netta did not connect with the song and would have preferred to sing her own composition. He also compared Netta to Madonna for wanting to control every single detail of her performances).
Although Doron made it clear that Netta was crucial to victory, he also suggested that his victory was of greater significance.
“I feel like I won more, in my point of view,” he said. “The victory was something I had dreamed of, for many years, whereas Netta was thrown into it.”
Doron — who was selected to write Israel’s Eurovision songs in 2015 and 2016 — has frequently faced allegations that the Eurovision selection process in Israel is set up for him to win. When asked what he makes of the allegedly “rigged system”, he answered with a series of questions.
“Do you know that the one working hard for Eurovision is me? The only one who understands Eurovision is me, the only one who can write songs that suit Eurovision is me. Don’t I deserve it? Over the last few years, I’ve been writing the biggest hits in Israel and I suggest the bitter people stop writing songs and do better things than getting mad at Doron Medalie.”
“You need a psychologist”
Doron’s apparent truth bomb has ruffled a lot of feathers in Israel’s Eurovision community and the music industry more generally.
Shai Goldstein and Leah Lev — hosts of the popular 103 FM radio show “The Breakfast Club”, didn’t hold back. Here’s what they said (as reported by Maariv).
“My brother, I think you need a psychologist, you need a group of psychologists, some of whom will be psychiatrists, you need a whole group of people to work on you for 24 hours, maybe that’s how they’ll manage your brain,” Shai said.
Leah was as outspoken.
“The guy talked about the Eurovision Song Contest as if in the previous Eurovision Song Contest he did not write two songs that failed — no problem, brother.”
She went on to call him a “shallow person” and said: “I don’t like to tell you this, but history will not remember you Doron Medalie. It will remember Netta Barzilai with the song ‘Toy”. Does anyone remember who wrote ‘Hallelujah’?”
“He’s fallen into the trap of fame”
Shimrit Or, who wrote the lyrics to “Hallelujah”, isn’t amused.
“Doron Medalie has a great mania,” she told Walla! “A lot of the people who won the Eurovision Song Contest have fallen into the trap of fame, and it’s happened faster than with others.”
“Even if Doron thinks that victory is not for her, this song won with her, and if it were not for that combination, it would not have happened. It’s just terrible what happens to people with an ego.”
Kobi Oshrat, the composer of the 1979 hit, had a lot to say about the matter too.
“Sorry, and with all due respect to Doron Medalie, no one knows who you are. A little modesty, please….”
“He said he was the only would who could write a song right for the Eurovision Song Contest? What happened the previous two times when he wrote songs and in fact did not with with those songs?”
“Netta is a unique artist, an extraordinary talent. What Medalie said was far from the truth. Without Netta he wouldn’t have it, he would not have won.”
What do you think of all this? Is Doron right that the composer is the real winner of Eurovision? Do you think that the composer should be presented with the trophy or just the singer? Let us know in the comments box below!