Earlier today the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of music unprofessionals—woke up in the desert after a night spent clubbing in Tel Aviv. After we had accounted for everyone and had a change of clothes, we reviewed Mei Finegold’s Eurovision 2014 song “Same Heart”. Did it get our hearts racing? Or was it so bad that we went into coronary arrest? Read on to find out…
Padraig: Hallelujah! After years spent wandering in the Eurovision desert, Israel have finally seen the light and sent something which is not only decent, but also a potential challenger for the top spot. At the forefront of this rediscovered Israeli confidence is the fabulous Mei. She brilliantly inhabits the role of a scorned lover – fierce, independent and out for revenge. Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke can go take a hike. “Same Heart” may be vocally challenging but Mei makes everything seem effortless. Even the obligatory bilingual transitions are seamless. Throw in some sass-tastic dance moves and sword-play (I really hope she brings one to Copenhagen) and we have near perfection. Not even the unfortunate “I’m skinning you out” metaphor can sully it. The yawn inducing Moran Mazor is a distant memory.
Francheska: Heck yeah this rocks! I love this song to oblivion! It’s catchy, Mei releases an aura of confidence, and she chooses to integrate both English and Hebrew. It’s an incredible anthem of personal strength mixed in with an insanely catchy/dance-able beat. Her vocals deliver, and as far as I’m concerned, she should slay her semi-final and go into the top 5. Yet again, I’m just a general fan of estrogen-fueled break-up anthems that make me want to strut in my heels and just feel generally bad-ass. Shalom, and work it!
Angus: Let’s be honest here, Harel’s bum note in 2010 signalled the death knell of Israeli hopes for qualification and ushered in 3 consecutive years languishing beyond the Grand Final. At last striding in from the Eurovision wilderness is fierce rock chick Mei Feingold equipped with the best Israeli song since Boaz in 2008. ‘Same Heart’ is a huge favourite of mine this year. The Hebrew is perfectly blended with the English section and the song ably blends dance, rock and electro genres into one irresistible weapon. If you don’t like Mei she’ll make you. This is just what Jerusalem ordered. Fierce.
Wiwi: “Same Heart” is driven by anger, but it doesn’t come off as angry. Instead empowerment and girl power rule the day as Mei presents a woman who has taken charge and transformed heartache into independence. The transition from 0:55 to the Beyonce-esque dance moves at 1:00 is among the best things I have ever seen. It captures Mei’s transition from girl to woman, from victim to victor. I’m hoping the theme of victory will continue in Copenhagen.
Billy: That’s a nice entry, for Israel. I think Mei will have difficulty singing it, as it’s demanding vocally, and her voice will be kind of damaged after repeated performances. The main chorus is too long (“We don’t beat from the same heart”) and has to be sung in just 1 second. It is, though, a nice pop entry with a loveable beat. Not bad!
Bogdan: “Same Heart” is a very interesting song; it sounds like a ballad, a rock song and a stomping floor filler all at once. The lyrics are great, too. I’m glad that Israel shook its recent failures down and sent a strong entry with a powerful female voice and presence. Mei, who will likely compete with Italy’s Emma Marrone for the title of angry rock chick of the year, has the advantage of the dance part which will enchant the audience even more. I cannot wait to see Israel back in the Grand Final this year.
Deban: I salute Israel for soldiering on, and consistently sending quality entries to the Eurovision Song Contest. Despite tragic results, their spirit remains undefeated. Although Mei Finegold’s performance lacks the sophistication and vocal quality of Moran Mazor, it is still worthy of advancing to the finals. The rock undertones of ‘Same Heart’ will entertain the warehouse crowd. However, the visuals in this video make me uncomfortable. There can only be one Beyoncé.
Katie: First of all, how cool is Mei?! She’s the definition of rock chick and I know she ain’t afraid to go crazy! I reckon she’s going to go all out in Copenhagen and put on a great show. “Same Heart” is brilliant, a proper rock song with a great music video. Mei’s deep voice bounces off the bass guitars and has me jumping around and singing along within seconds. I love the fact that Mei isn’t afraid to wear HOT outfits and embraces her curves, which is so nice to see considering that most other Eurovision girls are twig thin. Definitely a style inspiration for a lot of us! Annoyingly, she sings in Hebrew. Personally, I think that the “I have popcorn stuck in my throat” sound does no favors to the song. I would have preferred if she sang in English throughout. But honestly, I just wanna see her rock out in Copenhagen, okay?
Vebooboo: In 2011 I loved Kati Wolf. In 2014 I can pretty much guarantee you Ima spend half of my Eurovision experience stalking this woman. Mei Feingold works it out in this video like no other, and from the opening notes to the Tyra Banks wannabe catwalk at 1min I am fully hooked. While I intend to wrap my arms around this woman’s legs in the press centre, I can’t exactly, however, wrap my mind around her lyrics. I mean, what is “themfinity”? And what does it mean to “skin you out”? But you know what, I ain’t flying to Copenhagen to learn English. I want to see fierceness on stage and hear quality vocals, and this song delivers just that. What will make or break this song is the staging. Will Feingold be the Kati Wolf of stage presence of 2014, or will she step it up. Girl, you better, or else I’m going to skin you out!
Patrick: Erevtov Israel! Thank you so much for sending Mei to Copenhagen. “Same heart” is a masterpiece. Israeli people are obsessed with bilingual songs and I’m really happy that they choose a bilingual song for Eurovision. The music-clip of “Same heart” is really dark, mystical and heavy. I couldn’t stop staring into her amazing eyes. I can feel traditional Israeli influences throughout this modern song, and I love it. Well done!
All 19 members of our jury rate each song. However, we only have room to share 10 written reviews. Here are the remaining nine scores.
Maxim Montana: 5/10
James L: 9/10
The highest and lowest scores are removed before calculating the final score. We have dropped a low of 0 and a high of 10.
The Wiwi Jury Verdict: 7.66/10
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