When Hovi Star was announced as the winner of The Next Star for Eurovision 2016, there was a common reaction from Eurovision fans: he’s a great singer, but his song “Made of Stars” isn’t as good. But it seems Israel is listening: Hovi will record a version of finalist Ella Daniel’s song “Somebody Out There” to also be considered as the song for Stockholm.
According to newspaper Israel Hayom, an urgent meeting was held over the weekend, where it was decided that Hovi would record his own version of “Somebody Out There”, a fan favourite from the national final. Doron Medalie, who wrote “Made of Stars” and 2015 song “Golden Boy” is said to have given his blessing to the song reassessment.
If Hovi’s version of “Somebody Out There” turns out to be a good one, and if all parties agree to the change, then that will be Israel’s song for Stockholm. Otherwise, they will stick with “Made of Stars”.
This follows Malta scrapping the original version of Ira Losco’s winning song “Chameleon”, and with plans to replaced it with one of 10 new recordings, including a substantially reworked “Chameleon”.
After Nadav Guedj ended Israel’s non-qualification streak in 2015, Eurovision has received a boost in popularity in Israel, with the broadcaster seemingly determined to keep Israel in the final for another year.
But whatever Israel choose, they haven’t got long to decide. All songs for Stockholm must be finalised by next Monday, March 14, when the heads of delegation have their annual pre-Eurovision meeting.
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UPDATE – March 7
After listening to Hovi’s version of “Somebody Out There”, it was decided to stick with the song “Made Of Stars”, written by Doron Medalie.
However, in the next few days significant changes will be made to the song in order to improve it before the heads of delegations meeting next week.
One of the main reasons leading to the decision not to replace the song is because the audience at home are those who chose the song.