This week, Israel celebrated its 67th independence day and Nadav Gudej was part of the party, of course. Nadav toured and performed during the national holiday, but was also on TV with his live performance of “Golden Boy”. After the rehearsals and live performances we’ve seen, we finally get a look at the first television performance of “Golden Boy”.

The stage is quite small and there are no dancers, but the boy really owns the stage. Nadav sings and moves flawlessly and really makes you wanna dance along with him and his fun song. We’re really looking forward to seeing this song on Vienna’s big stage with full power.

Nadav Guedj performs “Golden Boy” live on Israeli television

Another Eurovision-related act on that TV special was the medley performed by the group “Holy Wigs”, a drag show group. They paid tribute to many Israeli Eurovision hits such as “Diva” (1998), “Kan” (1991), “Emor shalom” (1976) , Rita (from Kdam 1986) and other divas.

You can watch it on this link – go to 38:55 (Nadav is at 22:15).

Want more of the “Golden Boy”? Check out our interview with Nadav Guedj.

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Maya G
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Maya G

The question marks were Greek and Hebrew :/

Maya G
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Maya G

@Iberian
Adiós, ????? & ???????????? (Lé-hit-ra-ot) in Netanya, then! 🙂

Iberian
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Iberian

*Netanya, of course.

Iberian
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Iberian

Thanks a lot, again, Maya G. I’m listening to those songs right now, Sarit’s voice is amazing. And there is a song about Tel Aviv! Very nice melody. And yet again a key change. Don’t understand a word, but it sounds great. I can’t understand you’re not a Sarit fanatic. 😉

Well yeah, Latin and Greek I’ve done, so there’s not much missing. 🙂
I’m off to Natanya, then!

Maya G
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Maya G

@Iberian Yes, by “Mediterranean” I meant that oriental-Hebrew-Middle eastern touch. In Israel it’s called Mediterranean music or oriental music. I’m not a Sarit Hadad fanatic so I only know her big hits, out of them I really like these: (It wouldn’t let me post with several links, so these are endings of the youtube URLs) v=bBCIefOfUKY – When the Heart Cries v=_D9WuX2tURc – In the Tel Aviv Heat v=OJTgoDmIm58 – The One Who Watches Over Me v=0D2yjGvcOCE (a cover to a Lebanese hit from the 70s by The Bendaly Family) Good luck with becoming a “vir trilinguis” – you have… Read more »

Alex
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Alex

i think Israel will qualify this year. It will be memorable among so many slow songs

Iberian
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Iberian

Any original song Harit’s you can recommend? Maybe one of those you call Mediterranean? See, I’m Mediterranean myself but I think what you mean with that is the kinda oriental/hebrew touch which is so unique and just fabulous, right?

Well, sooner or later one should learn Hebrew in order to become a real “vir trilinguis”, a wise person who knows Latin, Greek and Hebrew. 😉

Maya G
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Maya G

No judgement here, we all have our guilty pleasures. 🙂
The puppets are called “Red Band”, Named after their lead singer, Red, who is surprisingly purple. Red has a late night talk show, and on each show he and his musical guest join forces to cover some classic song.
The trouble with Hebrew isn’t learning the Alphabet, it’s the vocabulary and the grammar that are hard to master, but you can get along fine with English.

Iberian
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Iberian

Ha ha ha ha, I know, Maya, my musical tastes are bizarre. It’s not only that I adore Light a Candle. I think I’m the only person who thought Las Ketchup’s Bloody Mary was a nice way to represent my country. I still like that song. 🙂 And a few years ago I thought Macedonia’s song from Esra and Lorenzo (or what was his name?) should’ve won. See, I admit it, I sometimes love songs everyone else seems to hate… Thanks for the Sarit link, what an amazing voice and she gives that hebrew or oriental touch to the song,… Read more »

Maya G
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Maya G

Oh, The girl with the glass is Moran Mazor and I think she was great despite the very unflattering dress.
Sarit Hadad is still one of the most popular singers in Israel, and is also a mentor in the local edition of The Voice.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsGJX631-Tg

Maya G
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Maya G

@Iberian Seriously? 😀 I really dislike Ding Dong and Light a Candle, though Sarit Hadad is a great singer and you just can’t not love Dana International. Sarit has some great Mediterranean songs, and that style suits her much better that the cheesy LaC, and Ding Dong was just lazy through and through, a bland song, terrible arrangement, no video art, dull staging, just Dana’s charisma and that’s not enough IMO. I gather from your name that you’re from Spain, am I right? If so, you can’t vote for Nadav in the semi final unless you take a small trip… Read more »

Iberian
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Iberian

* in which semifinal, I meant.

Iberian
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Iberian

Well, Maya, I have to check in which final we’ll be able to vote. I hope it’s the one with Nadav, no surprise, so I can vote for him as many times as possible. I hope he gets through, but I do believe he’s a winner, you’ll see, he’s got it, there is something magic about him. 😉 Thanks for all the info. He should do some interviews with French and Swiss media, then. I’d love to see him speak in French, basically because I could understand him, I’ve had French in school for 9 years. I know, nobody agrees… Read more »

Maya G
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Maya G

@Iberian You’re very welcome. Nadav was born in Paris and both of his parents speak Hebrew with a very thick French accent, so he probably grew up in a French speaking home. Many schools in Israel teach French (and/or Arabic), but for Nadav it’s a mother tongue. Us Israeli Eurofans try to lower our expectations this year in light of our four successive failures (though most of them were justified IMO), but there is still a glimmer of hope to see Israel on the scoreboard for the first time since 2010. Just making it to final would be a grand… Read more »

Iberian
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Iberian

Thanks for the link, Maya G, I couldn’t find the performance anywhere. I do like it, but then again, I would even like it if Nadav just read something out of a book. Now his mum looks nice. Do they speak French together at home? Or how could he keep up with the languag? I guess they don’tt each that at school, right?

Oh dear. I’ll be so upset if Nadav doesn’t make it to the final in Vienna.

@ Maya G, thanks a lot for the translations on the Instagram pic, you’re too kind!

Maya G
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Maya G

@Iberian The comments on instagram aren’t very interesting. Some wrote they’re “sweethearts”, “handsome” and so on, someone wrote “Such a touching reunion! I LOVE how silly you guys are *heart symbols*”, someones wrote “Who’s cigarettes are these?” and another guy begged for Nadav to follow him on instagram and like his photos.

Maya G
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Maya G

You can watch Nadav singing “Ne partez pas sans moi” here:
http://www.mako.co.il/tv-the-next-star/video-season2?subChannelId=a59ecba612c2b410VgnVCM2000002a0c10acRCRD&vcmid=b01b838e53c2b410VgnVCM2000002a0c10acRCRD
The woman with the sunglasses in the audience is Nadav’s Mother (with Nadav’s sister sitting her lap).
Near the end Harel Skaat says “This song was a horrible choice for him”.

Iberian
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Iberian

*douze points.

@Maya G: I see, thank you. Well yeah, the chorus would sound less chic if they had it like that. 🙂
If I’m lucky to visit Tel Aviv some day I will try to go and get to those beaches in Netanya. And I’ll search for Nadav to see if he shows me this city anyway. 😉

Talking about Nadav and all that: Could anyone sum up a bit, what people comment in Hebrew underneath this picture?
https://instagram.com/p/1a2gGFmluH/?taken-by=nadavguedj
Thank you!

Maya G
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Maya G

@Iberian Netanya has some nice beaches and a sizable tourism industry, it’s a popular destination for Jewish French tourists, as is Tel Aviv (BTW during the 90s and early 2000s Netanya suffered many terrorist attacks by Islamic organizations).
Still, Netanya is far from being a metropolis and doesn’t have the lively night life or cultural abundance Tel Aviv possesses. Singing “Let me show you Netanya” would be like singing “Let me show you Augsburg” in Germany or “Let me show you Kokkola” in Finland.

Iberian
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Iberian

austria12points, thank you very much for your comment. I’m impressed about the Celine Dion cover, unfortunately there seems to be only an audio version on youtube, I’d love to see the tv performance. But at least I could listen to it. Nadav sounds great in French, he’s so talented. I wonder if France will give him the doze points.

Nicky1991
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Nicky1991

@Mario, you can just watch it on YouTube. really amazing vocals.

Mario..
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Mario..

@ Oh thank you Maltish that you give me credit 4 these.. 🙂 U are appreciated.. 🙂 I really do know well my flaws…At least I never pretend & im honest.. And 4 the record how many of my comments here are just unwanted replies that i could not avoid from posting them,refering to these losers…I would never had written them but i really had to…Like in too many other occasions in other articles…Im not the one that starts this with the tiring replies & im aware that u know that.. Indeed im very talkative bubbly {that might gets annoying… Read more »

Mario..
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Mario..

Oh by the way….Nadav’s facial expression really looks charming & cute as f**k on the pic.. <3 😉
I would wanna now go & bite his sweet cheeks <3 😉

And the 4 drag queens that are with him look so much fun & fabulous! <3 🙂

I would really want it to have drag queens as friends of mine in my life…They really DO know how to have fun & enjoy life! <3 🙂

Maltish
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Maltish

I somehow know most of the comments will be my Mario. Not that that’s bad at least he’s funny in short bursts and has an opinion.

Mario..
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Mario..

@ Oh not yet Nicky…
But i hesitate to do because i think that i will get ”homophobia” since it is from Russia.. 😛
Joke 😉 Im not myself really into pre contest live performances…Im just saving all the pleasure 4 the end & the visionary live shows of Vienna 🙂

austria12points
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austria12points

somehow there are question marks instead if hebrew letters

austria12points
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austria12points

@Iberian Nadav speaks french and he also performed Celine’s winning song Ne partez pas sans moi.
The casting show ???? ??? was broatcasted on israels major public tv channel.
Nadav will have to do his military service like every israeli. however, some artists get the allowence to suspend or delay their miliary service. but usually people do it, otherwise the could lose reputation in israel’s society.

Nicky1991
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Nicky1991

@Mario, have you seen Amber in Moscow on YouTube?

Iberian
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Iberian

That’s interesting to read, Maya G, thanks a lot for that piece of information. Okay, so it probably would be more fun to see Tel Aviv rather than Netanya, but then again any place has some nice corners. Gosh, Israel has to be such a beautiful place, if it just weren’t that far away. 🙂 Does anyone know if Nadav speaks any French at all? I mean he was born there, but left with his parents when he has a little kid, if I’m right. And when will he have to do his military service, which, if I remember well,… Read more »

Maya G
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Maya G

@Iberian Netanya is located in the Sharon plain to the shore of the Mediterranean, approx. 30 minutes drive from Tel Aviv. It’s considered to have a low socioeconomic status, and is often associated with delinquency, though the city underwent pretty massive transformations in recent years which improved its status.

Mario
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Mario

Oh damn…I was posting a comment about how lovely people the Israeli Hebrew are but i had a stupid problem in my connection and it was not posted…Im too bored to type it again like i had it.. 😛

I would really love to visit Israel 4 my holidays.. <3 Im sure that i would had the time of my life there! <3 🙂

Iberian
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Iberian

Thanks a lot for the link, Nitzan, now that’s a great video. 🙂
And it’s not only Nadav, as we can see there, just all Israeli seem the be very attractive, what a nice promotional video that is. They surely can be proud of Tel Aviv. But still, I would’t mind Nadav showing us his city.

Mario
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Mario

@ Hebrew seems really tough difficult language….The grammar & the letters look alien…And the whole pronounciation of the words is kinda tricky..
It sounds pleasant to the ears in the songs of EuroVision but i wouldn’t want to learn this language though..
I think that i would face really hard time with the learning procedure..

Nitzan
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Nitzan

The writer of “Golden Boy” is a prowd Tel Avivian and it’s not the first time he writes a song about Tel Aviv: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srOFki9PGM0

Mario..
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Mario..

Really unfortunate the fact that Israel has not seen the light of the final for 5 years in row now since 2010 & Harel Skaat being the last one that experienced the presense on the final.. Really pity that Moran Mazor did not qualify to the final with such beautiful song…She was really nice & sweety… <3 Last year Mei' song was really fantastic but her performance was just dreadful…Plus she really looked like a b*tch so i did not care that she was eliminated… In 2012 i did not like *Time* so i justify it that Israel did not… Read more »

Iberian
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Iberian

Ha ha ha ha! Thank you so much GoldenGirl, that’s so cool, I love that, this is so funny. That’s how they should interview him from time to time, not only asking things like, what’s your song about and how will the staging be, what does it mean to you representing Israel and so on. Thanks for the translation again! Actually, it’s so annoying I can’t understand all those comments in Hebrew on Nadav’s Instagram. I’m using the Google translator a bit, but it’s hopeless, it doesn’t really work. I don’t think they offer Hebrew courses in my city though.… Read more »

GoldenGirl
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GoldenGirl

@Iberian haha yes, he’s making fun of how he wants to show them Tel Aviv, and not his own city (there are Stereotypes about his city in Israel haha) and then he asks him how its even possible, because he is 16 and has no license 😛

Mario..
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Mario..

@ Otna oh you have me touched…;) I love you too <3
I know that you really get my sense humor and everything on my comments understanding me.. 🙂 Unfortunately too many others are just idiots & inhibited…
Thank you that i have your back.. 🙂

@ Iberian & Nicky i just should ignore them for the sake…Just f**k them…
I won't deal with losers like them…They 're not worth it..

Iberian
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Iberian

Thank you, Sal! I was quite sure it had to be something funny and it actually is hilarious what they say. I love that kind of sense of humor. Thanks a lot for the translation. And what’s the guy saying as he quotes “Let me show you Tel Aviv”? Nadav seems to smile after that, so I guess it has to be another witty comment, right? By the way, looking at the crowd in that Israeli show everybody seems to be very attractive. Another reason, besides from understanding Nadavs interviews, to learn Hebrew! And even though I can’t understand any… Read more »

Mario..
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Mario..

@ Well my old ”friend”….The fact that i was accepting people {eurofans & such..random strangers.. } on my fb does not mean absolutely anything…I might possibly not even remember you & the fact that i had you as my beloved fb ”friend”….So please do think that i know you ok..? 🙂 I really can’t remember gazzilion of fb ”friends” i had in fb…I just kept them in the ”friends” list and thats all… 😛 And who actually said that i represent proudly all the gays and myself is bright sample of a homosexual..? 😛 Im the black sheep kind of… Read more »

Sal
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Sal

@Iberian. They are joking and saying “He’s 16? When I was sixteen I had a treehouse”. After his performance they joke and say “So, Israel’s going to win?”. The woman replies “No, Israel is going to lose and then I will call the whole world antisemitic!”. But then they agree that they think this is the year Israel will qualify 🙂

Iberian
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Iberian

Oh dear. Everybody is talking about Mario. But I’d love the read comments (and maybe some translations from the Israeli show, pleeease) on Nadav and his amazing performance. No Guedj fans out there? I really should start learning Hebrew now.

esc1234
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esc1234

People like my old friend mario are reasons why people criticise the lgbt community negatively.

Iberian
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Iberian

By the way, maybe you hebrew speakers out there can help. What do the hosts say about Nadav and the song after the performance. I guess they’re comedians, right? It seems like they’re asking, what he means with “let me show you Tel Aviv”? Thank you. And please, we want more reports about and interviews with Nadav.

Nicky1991
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Nicky1991

please people Leave Mario alone

Antranig Shokayan
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Mario, your comments are hilarious and glam lol <3

Mario..
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Mario..

Well i should have all of you blocked{NOT really…I just don’t care & do not want to have anyone blocked here of course..} that you mind everything & do not have a real cool sense of humour making a fuss for mindless things…
I really can’t stand this kind of people…They exist just everywhere in internet…{fb pages,groups,sites,blogs,etc..}

And you should have really learned me by now that im not the kind of person that is too formal & prude in my writings…You should just be ok with my sense of humor & naughty tone/character of my texts…

Just get a life please..

austria12points
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austria12points

Is there a way to report certain comments/useres?

Mario...
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Mario...

Ok…Describing fully the words that i used in my cross about I.S.R.A.E.L. <3 Immorality ~ At least in certain ways 4 someone to be immoral & immorality is good… <3 I used it with its positive meaning obviously or else i would had avoided writing that word… Sex ~ It is perfectly fine word & none inaproppriate at all….We all have sex in our lifes and we enjoy it…Gays or straights… <3 🙂 R**ming ~ Well i did not describe the actual energy & what does this word truly means…So its fine by me.. Well the popular israeli star of… Read more »

Mario..
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Mario..

How really pathetic *Escopeire* that you have posted with all these different nicknames pretending that you are different persons..

I would gladly ask 4 the admins to BLOCK you if you keep stalking/harrashing me here…
I have asked you to stop for the sake & you didn’t…
You are really obsessed & annoying..
Its you that you keep referring to me here and not the other way..
I just don’t care at all about you…You should just do the same..