I hope Mei Finegold got her butcher knife through security at Copenhagen Airport, because she better get ready to ‘skin out’ some key EBU people tonight.
Israel was on point during the second semi-final. Most lead singers take the easy road and stand still while allowing their back-up dancers to provide the entertainment. But Finegold strutted her stuff throughout the three minutes — from her memorable catwalks to her legendary squat at the tempo change. In short, she put the star in the star of David.
Yet Europe apparently remained untouched. With only 15 acts, it isn’t exactly a legendary feat to make the top 10, but somehow Finegold missed the mark.
What bothers me is the knowledge that a supposed jury of musical professionals is 50% responsible for this outcome. How could any self-respecting musician not credit Israel with at least some points in light of their quality performance tonight? And how could the public completely ignore it?
What do you think is at play here? Is anti-semitism partially to blame? Was Mei’s starting order the cause of her doom? Or was she just off the mark? Let us know what you think!
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