Hovi Star drew a decidedly mixed reaction when he was announced as the winner of Israel’s The Next Star for Eurovision 2016. The problem wasn’t him as a performer, but rather the fact that his song “Made of Stars” didn’t really suit him. Well now the team behind the song has revealed a remastered entry. The revamp works well with Hovi’s voice and personality — and greatly increases Israel’s chances of success in Stockholm.
The new version is an R&B ballad. Yet the piano and strings give this a classical, almost symphonic feel and the anthemic chorus will make many clap. And best of all — the video has drones!
“Made Of Stars” – The Eurovision version
Speaking exclusively to wiwibloggs, Doron Medalie, the composer behind “Made of Stars”, said that they always had plans to tweak the song ahead of Eurovision. Public reaction sped the process along. He explained the revamp this way:
“I decided to connect to Hovi’s real musical roots. He is half American, and loves big R&B ballads. So I turned the song into a ballad, revamped the chorus and wanted to make everybody feel the real message of the song: We must start looking at humanity in a different way. We are all made of stars. We are all equal. We must overcome the differences that tear us apart.”
In that sense, the song could apply to the ongoing refugee crisis or indeed intolerance to any group of people.
We react to the revamp:
Our original reaction:
wiwibloggers Denise, Padraig and William were among those who criticised the song in our YouTube reaction. We were touched to learn that Doron had watched our video and took on some of our comments. As he says:
“I thank you for criticizing me and my song, in a professional way, and not in a violent way. I wish everybody would learn a lesson from you guys. When I watched your video blog, I kind of realized what’s wrong. This is not updated enough, and not touching either of two important points — fun or emotion.”
“Made Of Stars” – The first version
Do you like the new version of “Made Of Stars”? Can Israeli qualify to the grand final?