Chris: So I’ve never been a fan of “Golden Boy”, but even I have to admit something good when I see it. This got a huge round of applause in the press room even after a shaky first run-through and it’s definitely going to be a breath of fresh air after the slow first half of the semi final. Nadav’s voice was good and whilst he didn’t always grab the camera, he was definitely the star of the show. That’s not even mentioning some winged golden shoes – this was the Herreys in 2015! The backing vocalists sound like they could do with a bit more power in the chorus, as it felt a little bit flat at times.
Israel’s first rehearsal at Eurovision 2015
William: It looks like Israel just booked a place in the final! Nadav’s LED backdrop is relatively simple — basically gold lights and kaleidoscope effects — but that’s all he needs. Nadav and his phalanx of male dancers gives us a wall of high-energy R&B realness and it works so well. It’s playful and fun, but never strays into kitsch. It’s a difficult balance to get right but Nadav has done it.
Padraig: After a rather underwhelming day yesterday, Nadav kicked things up a notch. Early run-throughs were rife with dodgy camera shots, and Guedj himself seemed rather nervous. But that was all sorted by the final attempt. The backgrounds were simple yet effective, the dance routine was slick, and the fun vibes were infectious. If this doesn’t get the crowd going nothing will. It’s time to avenge Mei and get Israel back in the final!
Nadav Guedj: Reviews and Reactions
Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)