For Nadav Guedj it really is a matter of sweet 16. The teenager, who has drawn comparisons to Justin Timberlake, has won “The Next Star” — Israel’s selection for Eurovision 2015 — and is headed to Vienna. His song will be chosen and revealed at a later date.
In an interview with wiwibloggs on the eve of the final, he suggested that he has no firm plans about what genre he would like to sing in at ESC. “I don’t know,” he said. “Just let me pass the final first and after that, god knows.”
Despite the comparisons to Justin, Nadav stresses that he’s just “simple and regular Nadav”. He’s certainly a showman though, and he can back up his powerful voice with some great performances. He’s much more in his element singing in English than Hebrew, which might also give him a boost at ESC. He’s obviously got the talent. But there’s also something refreshingly “unfinished” about him. He has an authenticity and realness that will likely win him fans. He’s listed Harel Skaat and Boaz as his favourite Israeli acts in the past.
Here’s his take on Beyoncé’s “Halo”
The Next Star final
Going into tonight’s finals, our readers were firmly backing the ladies. Avia Shoshani, who sang for Moran Mazor at Eurovision, was the runaway winner of our “Next Star” of Israel poll. Sari Nachmias, a quirky rocker chick, came second, followed by Iky Levy & the Rasta Hebrew Man. Nadav came LAST. But when it counted most it was not a matter of ladies on top. During two sing-offs, which were decided on by the public, Ivy Leky slayed Avia, and Nadav out-maneuvered Sari. The jury saved Avia.
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