He’s got major sass and marches to the beat of his own drummer.

And on Saturday afternoon Hovi Star proved that once again during the press day ahead of the Eurovision Pre-Party Riga.

Israel’s Eurovision 2016 act — real name Hovav — talks about his R&B power ballad “Made of Stars”, shooting the music video and — much to our delight — wiwibloggs’ criticism of his original song.

Deciding to ditch the original version and go for a revamp is never an easy choice, but it’s definitely one that has paid off.

“We had to take the song to a place that is more my genre and something I feel comfortable with,” he says. “But let’s talk about wiwibloggs, because I really want to talk about wiwibloggs. When we did the revamp, you guys really pulled trough and I’m really happy for it.”

So are we!

OUR REVAMP REACTION

ORIGINAL REACTION

You may think Hovi Star is confident in everything he does, but even he gets nervous about some things.

“You have no idea how scared I was filming that video. A drone flying that close to your face is not fun but it looked amazing so I said yes.”

He’s keeping his Stockholm staging a secret for now, but Hovi teased the possibility of having drones on stage. Exciting right? And just a bit dangerous!

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David Who
David Who
4 years ago

I actually like this entry, and I don’t understand why so many other music critics dislike it.

Charles
Charles
4 years ago

@Anton: Are you too straight? Just wondering … And again … thank God there is a comparison with Motiva a true outstanding ballad and not a bs crappy dance pop rubbish tune.

Nitzan
Nitzan
4 years ago

I’m actually proud of Hovi, he is genuine and talented. Non of it is fake. I think getting to the final will not be easy for him but with a decent draw I think it’s still possible.

Nicky91
Nicky91
4 years ago

@Anton

well i saw Ira on YouTube from Riga’s pre party, sounds good live, won’t you agree with me

anyway i know i’m not the biggest fan of Russia this year, i want to wish your favourite the very best of luck 🙂

and just respect every artist participating for their countries 🙂 🙂

TheLighthouse
TheLighthouse
4 years ago

Love it! My 3rd. I have wonderful staging in my head for Stockholm. He should have 2 drones at each side at him, illuminating the stage in a blue light. When he gets to the chorus, they should fly about a bit, in connection with the LED or something. In the final chorus, they should fly into the audience, illuminating the standing fans in blue light, suggesting they are also ‘made of Stars’. :).

Anton
Anton
4 years ago

The Moscow ECS Pre-party is today!

Sergey Lazarev (Russia)
Ivan (Belarus)
Hovi Star (Israel)
Barei (Spain)
Rykka (Switzerland)
Kaliopi (FYR Macedonia)
Iveta Mukuchyan (Armenia)
Minus One (Cyprus)
Ira Losco (Malta)
Samra (Azerbaijan)

AM Casablancas
AM Casablancas
4 years ago

he’s got attitude, a nice english accent, a nice voice and a killer R&B ballad, I think we already have Mr. Sympathy this year!
He’s got the whole bundle, so he’ll DOMINATE all the interviews, I’m totally voting for Israel at the semifinal
Viel Gluck aus Deutschland!

Anton
Anton
4 years ago

He is too gay. And yes, there are tunes of Molitva.

Charles
Charles
4 years ago

@Matt: For as long as a song draws similarities and inspiration from a Molitva I am more than happy … No one really no one should want to have recycled version of any load of uptempo dance pop crap … unless of of course, you want Eurovision to be the same as your favourite Saturday night club to which I’ll say “HELL TO THE NO”.

I love how he addressed the guys from Wiwibloggs … b***** know b***** better than anybody else …. lol

Matt
Matt
4 years ago

Maaaade of staaars— Mooooolitvaaaaaaa

Erin
Erin
4 years ago

If you had told Hovi six months ago that ‘Made of Stars’ was to become his Eurovision legacy, he would have probably said it best in your face: “Not in a million light years, u bitches!”. No matter how convivial, easy going and sociable he is, he does somewhat stumble when asked to address the circumstances behind the revamp by dodging the question nonchalantly. We’ll never know this for a fact, but it’s more than plausible that he was told that the song would be revamped as long as he kept playing business as usual before and during the final… Read more »

Iberian
Iberian
4 years ago

Israel’s best entry in many years and it is definitely qualifying. Hovi has the best voice in the contest and a wonderful song. And he’s got the best message, thank you so much wiwibloggs, thank you Denise, for that wonderful interview! 12 points to Israel – should be this year’s winner.

Bis
Bis
4 years ago

Israel’s worst entry in many years. No chance whatsoever of qualifying

Digital Style
Digital Style
4 years ago

I love this guy. He seems really genuine, and has one of the best voices in the contest, no competition. I liked the old version but this one is absolutely incredible. I’d be really sad if he didn’t qualify.