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!

Vebooboo Nadella is based in Amsterdam. You can check out our latest Eurovision 2014 reviews and rankings on the Wiwi Jury page. You can keep up-to-date on the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following the team on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page.

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Gerard
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Gerard

Posting a serious comment on here!
It’s the one bit of political voting I’m having trouble explaining away.
A kick ass song, a wonderful tone to her voice, a fantastic performance.
I think she blended in a bit too much into the background and there wasn’t enough close up of her face/connection with the camera – and overall, the presentation was a bit weak… but don’t know if that would explain how she did so badly among public and jury alike. Really interested to hear anything you find out on it Vebooboo Nadella …

Huh
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Huh

You guys should read this: http://www3.ebu.ch/sites/ebu/contents/news/2014/05/ebu-insists-israeli-lawmakers-pr.html

We won’t know now if Israel would still continue participating in the contest if their current local public service broadcast attempts to shut down for good.

Celeste
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Celeste

Guys, I have a feeling that there are several countries that don’t need to send a singer or a song. All they need is their 3 minutes with a guy holding its national flag… no music needed. They will still qualify to the final. You all know which countries they are… On the other hand, there are several countries that could send the best ever eurovision song, they wouldn’t qualify to the final, surely not instead of the countries mentioned before… Could be funny to see if some songs like Israel’s would have qualified to the final if they were… Read more »

Howard Wachtel
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No one is denying the political factor. The EBU has tinkered with the rules to try to limit the influence of politics, it is arguable how successful their attempts have been in so doing. Israel’s last victory was 16 years ago, and it is possible (but not certain at this point) that politics was a major factor in their NQ this time, but those of you that think the performance stunk are in a tiny minority, all oddsmakers had Mei in the 10 top overall before the contest. IBA, please do not abandon Eurovision! Instead ditch the rule that the… Read more »

Liisi
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Liisi

How many times Israel has won ESC – correct answer is 3. How many times is has not qualified to final – a few. I’m from Finland and all this makes me laugh. We have been last maybe most of all the countries participating. There has been years that we could not be in this competition (2001 2003) and several years that we did not qualify in final (2010, 2012 the latest). Is it politics or can it depend other songs being better – at least getting more votes?

Joav
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Joav

S***w all you awfull people and stupid comments, what’s wrong with you? You wanna f….in tell me LORDI+HARD ROCK HALELUJA or WILD DANCES+RUSLANA was anything half as good as this song of MEI or last years MORAN MAZOR??? You people have NO MUSIC KNOWLEDGE WHATS SO EVER, and I wish Israel would just keep their money and sources for a JEWISH SONGCONTEST and then at least when another country wins, we’ll know THEY DISERVE IT!!!!! So take your louzy feedback and stick it up your asses…. I don’t go to other countries that I hated and give hate-responses, neither should… Read more »

Ella
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Ella

I don’t know why everyone was so crazy about this song. I don’t like how low the song was for her voice. Maybe she likes singing like that but it sounds unpleasant. Other female singers were guilty of this too. It seems like the girls are all trying to be altos and the guys are all trying to be tenors. I just think that the badass rock chick à la P!nk is not popular this year. I do like the Irish song but the presentation was a bit cheesy. I wish Switzerland and Malta hadn’t gone to the final but… Read more »

Ry
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Ry

If Israel are going to send singers and songs as bad as this one, then who cares if they don’t take part in future contests? In UK our newspapers said the same when Scooch, Daz Sampson, and Gemini came low placed – “it’s not our songs fault, it’s all political voting, why do we spend so much money for this competition when eveyone else hates us??”. No, the songs were rubbish. And this Israel song is rubbish. Either send something better next year, or do an Azerbaijan and (allegedly) buy your votes.

Daniel
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Daniel

@Israeli Guy: I hope Israel doesn’t pull out. Also, I hope that Israel waits with its decision until the split vote averages are out. Because it might well be that it was the juries that kicked this years beautiful Israeli song out, not the televote. If you look at the people that were selecte by the music industry to participate in the juries, you’ll see that this is not unlikely. Also, Israel not progressing isn’t the only suspicious thing to happen. I’d say that the San Marino song is an interesting case: As far as I can tell, it was… Read more »

israeli guy
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israeli guy

in the israeli papers it is published that Israel will probably not take part in future contests! i am happy for that decision because it is worthless for our good singers to spend so much time and money and then realize after that nobody cares about their song but only about who they are,
due to our absence you will be able to meet other new countries such as : Lebanon, Morroco,Egypt, Syria? lybia?- there will be a new block voting and many more guards outside the hall( or maybe also inside?? )

Dan RO
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Dan RO

We have two different situations: – Israel not qualifying: many people try to rule out any political factor that could have influenced the result. The fault is supposedly Mei’s or the song’s or the starting position or whatever; – Russia being booed: most people explain that nobody booed the girls, who were lovely and all, but the country itself and its politics (be it about Eastern Europe or about gay rights). So the exact opposite as in Israel’s case. I am not a specialist in sociology or mass psychology, but I guess people try to use the explanations that make… Read more »

cheesecake
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cheesecake

I don’t get it either. I was really shocked because Israel already was robbed last year. When 7 of the 10 qualifiers were announced I was sure the remaining three would be Israel, Austria and Ireland. Instead it was only Austria (+Belarus and Finland, which I really like btw). I don’t know what the problem was because her song was one of the best in this SF. Her performance was good as well. The only explanation I got is Israel’s geographic problem. But in a SONG contest this shouldn’t matter… Well, I VOTED for her – so anyway I really… Read more »

Christopher
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Christopher

USA Here! Hello Europe!!
My last post didn’t seem to post, so I will re-write it.
I love Mei and SAME HEART was my favorite song of the whole competition.
That said..it did not translate well in the semi-finals. Too much moving around, too many camera angles, choreography was unnecessary.
Had she stood in one spot and sung (like AUSTRIA and NETHERLANDS) I think the performance would have been flawless. But IMO it tried to do too much. I still thought it was good enough to take her to the finals…but after watching it I also feared she could be in trouble.

Christopher
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Christopher

-Sad.

kaseylinn
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kaseylinn

@ryanir

Ry
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Ry

I couldn’t care less about Israel or it’s politics – her voice was horrid and the song was awful. Simples.

Daniel
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Daniel

Dear Wiwibloggs Team. I am sorry to inform you that your platform has moved above the critical threshold where you can’t continue to offer anonymous non-sorted commenting or it will destroy your blossoming community. This usually happens somewhere in the hundreds of commenters range, but rest assured, as a comment section veteran I can tell you that it is starting to happen now, right here. Also, it won’t go away. You might think this is a one-off because the comment thread is about Israel, but do you honestly doubt that the comment threads about Russia and Ukraine will remain civilized… Read more »

Daniel
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Daniel

The song was good and should have moved to the final. I’m rather confident that the deciding factor was the juries. Because if you look at who the actual people in these juries are, you’ll find that half are functionaries and the other half are musicians that are well-positioned politically in the music business.

The German jury for instance has Sido in it. If you love music, tolerance and integrity, this should have your alarm bells blazing.

john
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john

I’m glad Ireland didn’t get through as it might wake up RTE to change our selection process in which to pick our eurovision entry. We constantly send euro-pop songs with terrible lyrics that are vocally very weak. We didn’t deserve to get through quite frankly and most Irish people acknowledge this.

Marcelo N
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Just reading some (several, I’d say) of the comments in here simply confirms my suspicions: there are those who delude themselves and others who simply write cunning half-truths or downright lies. How can anyone state that Israel’s NQ has nothing to do with hatred against them and then just add “Israel is not even in Europe”? OK, it may not be anti-semitic “à la SS”, but we can’t deny that negative media instigation speaks louder than any other reason. Otherwise, how do we explain Belarus into the Final with their voting neighbours out of Semi 2? Or Malta, which apparently… Read more »

Goor
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Goor

Come on. if anyone can say the ESC is truly only about the music and there is no politics involved, they are delusional. Maybe as fans we see it differently (though you can still find racist remarks, or remarks about Israel not being in Europe (because Azerbaijan is!), but for the common European watching from home it’s not so. If this song was sent by any other country, it would have reached the top 5. I have no problem about some people not liking the song, this is individual and subjective. but if someone can tell me with a straight… Read more »

Strong
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Strong

I want Belarus,Poland and Finland – OUT and Ireland , Macedonia and Israel IN !!!

Daniel
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Daniel

it is probably not antisemitism but it most certainly is anti Israel
Eurovision has always been about politics and it seems the judges at least were ready to punish Israel for failing to reach the peace agreement with PA ..
biased much ..

Leon
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Leon

I personally thought that Israel had one of the best entries this year. The fact that they didn’t qualify doesn’t change that, but only proves how biased Europe. Let’s talk about “acceptance” and “equality” eh?

vangelis_vt
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vangelis_vt

“Antisemitism”??? Please. Israel has already won three times. And Eurovision has proved time and again it’s all about diversity. Of course, nobody can deny that the way Israel has isolated itself over the last few years has won it very few friends. Eurovision voting reflects that. It is the exact same thing that is happening with Russia right now. But this is largely a result of their own choices, not “antisemitism”. When it comes to Mei, from the time I’ve seen her full rehearsal I thought her qualification was very uncertain. Her voice is too husky for most people’s tastes,… Read more »

Danny
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Danny

And I agree – the Israeli song was not the best, but when you read bookies predicting a spot in the final and then you don’t even get one of the top 10 spots….it makes you think twice. I am of the belief that if Israel sends an incredibly good song, it would advance and may even win, regardless of all theories. But I would also suggest that we can all agree that it APPEARS as though Israel must somehow send something exceptional, more so than any other country in Europe, in order to get there. I say – FINE!!… Read more »

Danny
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Danny

The thing is – I am not sure that I am so disappointed in Israel not qualifying as much as I am disgusted that some truly ugly songs (musically) did. Sorry, I actually LOVE these countries a LOT – but the Greek “song” was not even a song – can anyone of you even SING it?? it is HORRIBLE. A bunch of guys jumping with LOTS of harsh noise, and shouting rise up a MILLION times. You call that a final worthy song?? And Poland? again, amazing country and great people, but their song was not singable and lacked melody… Read more »

Rebecca
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Rebecca

Not fair at all, it’s all politics!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Same Heart is one of the BEST SONGS of this year, and it just can not be Mei is not on the final!!
The joury is to blame, they are anti-semitic!
And the true fans of the contests knows this song is AMAZING, almost every fan of the Eurovision put Same Heart on their TOP10.
It is a shame israel keep taking part in the contest, cause no one is voting for us, and even if we bring Mariah Carey no one will vote for us but the true fans.
Mei is my winner!!

Ryanireland
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Ryanireland

@ David
Neither is Cyprus, Azerbaijan or Armenia technically!!

A
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Eurovision is about music, I am fed up with stupid people saying it’s all about politics. Yes, politics influence it, but they’re not the main thing. The song was COMPLETE SCARY SHIT! That’s why it didn’t qualify.

R
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R

I was gutted – Israel was clearly one of the best acts of the night. Whatever was at play, it wasn’t very nice. Israel deserved a final spot.

david
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david

Israel is not in Europe. Simple.

Zozoulia
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Zozoulia

How on earth can anyone seriously claim that politics isn’t a factor? It’s been a factor for decades already. Greece always gives Cyprus 12 points, which always returns the favor. Same with Turkey and Azerbaijan. Same with Russia and Belarus. One can go on and on. Eurovision has nothing to do anymore with the quality of the song. The average European hates Israel and votes accordingly.

Marcelo N
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@ Bboy – You have just stated, clearly and simply, the major point to Israel’s NQ!! It is not outright antisemitism, but indeed the result of media confusion over too many years.
On the other hand, I am still shocked how some countries will endlessly qualify even sending better of worse songs, be them rampant political messages, good songs, bad songs, old-fashioned or modern ones, or joke acts. Russia could send a monkey sitting on its arse cracking peanuts in silence and we would have it in the final.

Ryanireland
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Ryanireland

Israel and Ireland both gone home, and yet we have to endure a Cheesecake fest yet again on Saturday night, god Europe. Belarus really?…

Danny
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Danny

THE FOURTH YEAR RUNNING Israel doesn’t qualify(!!)

Jay
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Jay

I was a fan of the song before yesterday… She did not qualify cause she tried to be a cheap copy of Queen Bey (Beyonce’)…

plus sang after Malta who left a very good impression…

Bboy
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Bboy

Antisemitism NO; but years of demonisation of Israel in European medias have made it impossible for the average European citizen to sympathise, let alone vote for Israel even for a music competition. Sad and… worrying. PS I hope I am wrong but we will need the full results to know for sure…

DJ
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DJ

Was she going for a Madonna look, because I don’t think that helped her at all.

J
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J

There were several good songs that didn’t go through this year, and I don’t understand why we are mourning Israel in particular. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t stand out.

Also, these complaints about corruption are just silly. As if Jon Ola Sand can just push a button and change the votes.

Lawrence gibb
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Lawrence gibb

And the conspiracy theories surface, how about folks didn’t like it? Personally I really liked the song but found last night’s performance too aggressive. It’s possible people found it too full on.

Raul
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Raul

Well, first of all Israel shoudn’t quit. They had win this for 3 times… And The Netherlands, for instance, didn’t qualified with a bunch of good songs (2005, 2007), Slovakis (2010), etc… Why this that was a good song didn’t passed: first I don’t understand the jurys? Are they really musicians? Of the public votes: second place on the running order, and to particular facts: Eurovision it’s not Kind of strong rock women: Albania 2011, Bulgari 2011, this year Israel and Macedonia… Plus, the only thing to blame: the stage presentation: no smoke, no fire, no wind, nothing, only 3… Read more »

DJ
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DJ

Simply too early in the show and maybe not a big enough stage presentation – they looked a little lost in all that yellow/gold at times.

Sam
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Sam

I am inconsolable. If Israel couldn’t qualify this year then I don’t think they ever can. I am really very suspicious of the few extra minutes Jon Ola Sand needed before confirming the results – we need an explanation! And how did Belarus and Malta get in over Israel!?

Julian
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Julian

Israel to qualify instead of Malta would’ve been my choice as well I just thought I am the only one to see that. On the other hand Moran last year, Mei this year, something is terribly wrong with those who make song arrangements and the show for Israel.

Jaccobabe
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Jaccobabe

The song wasnt that good. It was OK. People should stop whining. NL didnt qualify for 8 years. Latvia hasnt for 6 etc.

Micky
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Micky

@ Joaquin – Russia gets booed mainly for almost outlawing gays, dickhead!

Anaconda
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Anaconda

I am Jewish (not Israeli), and I think anti-Semitism played NO part here. Yes, I would have liked Israel is the final, it is the greatest loss for me this year, and yes, other countries should not have made it (Malta?! ftw…) That said though, and although her vocals were quite decent, the long lacked the power it had in the video, the staging was abysmal, and the dress was terrible, and completely unflattering to her trunk upper thighs. And finally: please note that Europe did not go for her NOR Tijana, which means masculine, man-hating girl-powerhouses lost big time,… Read more »

Micky
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Micky

@Chris – you just proved a point (“thank you” for saying it) that this is no longer a song contest but a political one, and it has been for a while.

Joaquin
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Joaquin

So everyone feels sorry for Israel but it’s ok to booooo Russia ? (Their political situation is almost the same).