This morning the Wiwi Jury flew to Jerusalem to check out the Holy City and to review Izabo’s ESC 2012 entry “Time.” Did the music catch our fancy and leave us begging for more? Or were we more interested in hitting the nearest falafel stand? Read on to find out.
Wiwi: I have to be honest: in the years Israel doesn’t send a transsexual or an obviously-closeted gay contestant, I rarely pay attention. And so it was this year. I didn’t actually listen to Izabo until this morning. I’m glad that I did. The video is among the kookiest we’ve seen this year, and it fits well with the song’s offbeat, quirky sound. It melds 1950s American Oldies with alternative rock, and I find it all rather pleasant. The wordplay is clever, too, particularly the section where Izabo attempts to seduce Time, who is relentless in pushing forward, and waits for no man: “Time, time, could you be mine?/ I will feed you songs and wine/ I’ll make you lazy, I’ll make you late/ Wait, wait, wait.” But in the end this song is like dessert at a bad all-you-can-eat buffet. If it’s there I’ll eat it. But if it’s not, I won’t really notice.
Vebooboo: Israel ain’t really part of Europe, but I’m so glad they’re in this competition. First they give us a bitchy transsexual, now they give us these clowns who sing the cutest song with the sweetest tone in the refrain. If this doesn’t make the Final, I’ll be sad…but I’m sure one of the clowns can give me a pill or two to get over my gloom and doom.
Meows Kitty: This is a fun song and I think one of the more creative stage performances we will see in this year’s Eurovision. It’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but hopefully the viewing public will appreciate something a little different and vote this into the top 10!
Deban: Historically, I’ve been partial when it comes to Israel. Exported music from the Promise Land ends up being some of my favourite foreign melodies. Even Dana International’s failed ESC return last year touched me: I went into mourning when she didn’t qualify.
Moving on, Izabo have carved a good pop number with elements of psychedelic rock. Its funky bass lines inspire toe tapping. It’s easy on the ear and irresistible not to swing to. There are no hidden political messages, or calls to prayer in the melody. Time is radio-friendly and uncomplicated. Its fusion of languages isn’t noticeable. This suggests great cohesion, and craftsmanship. Its nod to old school pop translates into something modern. Hopefully, this song will put Israel back into the finals.
The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 6.63/10