The goosebumps were there with Hovi Star’s second rehearsal of “Made of Stars”. The initial problems from the first rehearsal had been sorted out, giving Hovi Star the perfect setting to deliver an emotional performance.

The spinning hoop acrobats were still there, but their movements had been sorted out, with smooth, controlled spinning, easily followed by the cameras.

The general camera angles were also smooth, helping to create the dreamy world of “Made of Stars”. The atmosphere was aided by the LED images of stars, almost creating a three-dimensional feeling under Hovi’s feet, giving him the appearance of hovering in space.

Hovi’s vocal performance was also stronger, showing he was able to deliver a big, emotional performance.

The final run-through of the song included a golden pyrotechnic curtain, adding to the bold explosion of the song, and suggesting that Israel will again be qualifying from its semi-final.

 

Israel: Second rehearsal at Eurovision 2016

Hovi Star: Interview after first rehearsal

Israel: Press conference after first rehearsal

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Margaret
Margaret
7 years ago

This performance was absolutely the best today! Classy, beautiful and stunning -just like Ukraine.
Dear Hovi, we would thank you for those goosebumps you gave us today. 12 points from Poland #TeamHoviches

Gili ISRAEL
Gili ISRAEL
7 years ago

i wish him very good luck!
i hope that he will break the bad luck we had at years ending in 6
1986, 96 and 2006….
it’s very difficult to get a full impression of the rehearsal as the recording isn’t so good… i feel that the acrobates aren’t doing good to the song… and please vote as you feel with no politics…..

OR
OR
7 years ago

@I say this
ho please he is just joking, he is use humor all the time.. there are some worst things for kids at the eurovision like women half naked … or a singer that want to sing with wolf … kids can take good example from hovi about been strong and be your self…and that different is good .!!
and dont be naive kids today see worst things on the internet…

I say this
I say this
7 years ago

I cant believe hovi is swearing too much in 1 of the videos above.
there are childrens following eurovision & if they watch this video it will make bad influence on them

hovi i liked you and your song a lot & i know your intention is good but the nasty words u use just discusting you put me off now

please some one warn hovi he needs to watch himself cheeky & unpleasant
that is bad image its cheap its sad and its so annoying

OR
OR
7 years ago

@Paul
i respect it but u dont have to write insulting comments like “ridiculous”… and if u dont like it what u doing at this article about hovi? for ex: if i dont like some song i dont go to intensely to the article and write insult things.. never mind hovi for me is number 1 so respect that too…………….

Scott
Scott
7 years ago

This is actually a great song, sung by an accomplished singer…just lose the human hula hoop, it detracts from the singer/song. Simplicity is best.

Paul
Paul
7 years ago

@OR
Well, I don’t like it at all. That’s my opinion and you must respect it!

OR
OR
7 years ago

@Paul
yes i’m israeli, but it has nothing to do with the fact that i love hovi’s song and i think that his song perfect, i’m not always liked Israelis song’s at the eurovision for ex: i didint like moran mazor at 2013…. so stop talk nonsense please………….

Paul
Paul
7 years ago

@OR
You are just israeli fan, you can’t be unprejudiced!

OR
OR
7 years ago

@Paul
hovi is amazing!!! u are the only “ridiculous” if you write such things….

Paul
Paul
7 years ago

What a circus, what a sad clown! It’s just ridiculous.

OR
OR
7 years ago

@Monique
sending you more : 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

OR
OR
7 years ago

@Iberian
thanks very much!! and i’m with u 100% , LGTB messages will always be super important until the LGTB will get equal rights in every single place in this world!! and the most important so they could get merry like every one else in every place in the world… sending u love from Israel!!

ESCFAN
ESCFAN
7 years ago

WOW Go Israel. Goosebumps. Consistently in my top 5. Israel delivers.

Monique
Monique
7 years ago

@OR
Finally a smile 🙂 I know everything you wrote about – Hovi and Michal being friends, etc.- and I really like it. And they BOTH have wonderful voices. I hope people will appreciate their songs because such ballads are easily called boring – as you noticed.
Peace 🙂 and good luck to both Hovi and Michal 🙂

Iberian
Iberian
7 years ago

@OR: No, I’m not Israeli, I’m from Spain. But I loved Nadav last year and this year I love Hovi even more. (See, I’m Spanish but I don’t get that excited by Barei, this year I’m with Israel and France).

Messages of peace, respect and equality will never get boring, guys. We’ve been listening to bloody boy-meets-girl-love songs for ages and we didn’t get bored of these neither, so saying LGTB messages are boring by now is a bit offensive as they are more important then ever, but hey, I don’t really care what haters think.

reut
reut
7 years ago

Hovi is great singer, great voice, GREAT SONG, hovi good lock to u i’m sure u will “kill” the stage 🙂

Anton
Anton
7 years ago

@Oxana
Don’t answer me. Never.

Oxana
Oxana
7 years ago

Anton, this is how it supposed to be. LGBT messages become something usual, and homophobes stop to notice gays and forcus on their own life. If you can see it’s getting that way, I feel glad for you.

power b.
power b.
7 years ago

love all his interviews, best attitude ever. Period.

Steven
Steven
7 years ago

Simply beautiful.

NINA
NINA
7 years ago

HOOO Hovi you are just fantastic really!!
love you!!

OR
OR
7 years ago

@Monique
For your information i love micha from Poland, he and hovi are good friends, they both have quiet ballads, so u its easy to say “boring” about quiet song!!.. any way i wish hovi and micha to make it to the final because they both amazing vocalist and singers and more important great personalities.. micha is a good friend of Israel and he also have fans here… so sending you peace 🙂

danit
danit
7 years ago

Hovi is amazing performer, he can win this..
Hovi good luck and save your BEAUTIFUL voice to the “big evening”

Anton
Anton
7 years ago

It’s just way boring. And all these LGBT messages will not work anymore, because it’s becoming the very common thing.

chessguy99
7 years ago

Best male vocal for sure. Uncertain about the the hoop thing, not necessary as the vocals and the overal usage of the LED panels/floor are enough. The first sure qualifier in this semi.

Monique
Monique
7 years ago

@OR
Oh, it didn’t take you too much time to find who is my fave so that you could use “Poland” in your “objective” comment. So now we’re even? Two most boring songs this year – Poland and Israel. Ha ha.
Do you people sometimes let others have THEIR OWN opinions? I appreciate Hovi’s voice though but you didn’t even notice that. You are allergic to the word “boring”.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
7 years ago

The vocal was extremely impressive. Hovi was fierce!
The first two minutes did not give me a lot to look at though. Having heard the song a few times, I found myself switching off.

I would not expect that to be an issue for first time listeners as the staging does not take away from Hovi’s voice.

sonic0201
sonic0201
7 years ago

My only problem with this song is that it builds up too late. It gets exciting from “WE ARE……..WE ARE WE ARE WE ARE”, but the first 2 minutes is getting boring.
It looks like Israel will deliver the most they can make out of this song, we will see what position will they reach. Top 15 is a possibility.

This is my opinion (TIMO)
This is my opinion (TIMO)
7 years ago

Fighting for victory brilliant vocal etc. This can win just like conchita did in 2014

OR
OR
7 years ago

@@EugeneESCUK
Hi again . thanks for your comment!
when u said 11 you meant in the final? or semi ?
thanks again 🙂

simon
simon
7 years ago

Hovi is the best vocalist this year for my opinion.. i love made of stars.
cant wait to see this on the big show !!

OR
OR
7 years ago

@Erin
what is your problem with hovi? or with nadav? or with Israelis song ( i see that u always write comments against Israel)?? if u dont like them why you here in article about hovi?? i really dont understand that .. do u have some personal issues with israel?? so go and fix them some where else…
Hovi perfect vocals!! perfect song!! my winner!!

Danny
Danny
7 years ago

@Erin if you watch the video from the first rehearsal, you’ll hear that he reaches that note without a problem. I guess its not easy for him to do this every time so he’s saving his voice. Pretty sure that during the live show he won’t have a problem

George
George
7 years ago

If he qualifies for the final (which I’m sure he will do), I will vote for him. Unfortunately I can’t do so in the 2nd semi, because my country participates in the 1st semi!

Leo
Leo
7 years ago

Wow he slayed it ! I wish him the best of luck ,this semi is turning out to be stronger than the first !

Erin
Erin
7 years ago

If y’all get the wax out of your ears just this once and stop idolizing Hovi like your own mothers, you’ll hear him desperately failing to inflect the pitch of his voice to reach those high notes during the final chorus’ modulation. Everybody can hear he is really struggling to convey what he really wanted to there. I’m sure Hovi will be the first to admit it wasn’t perfect, with him being the ultimate perfectionist (by his own words). As far as how the act is shaping up to be, The spinning wheel duo adds to that intergalactic planetary 3D… Read more »

giorgio
giorgio
7 years ago

so. good.

Nitzan
Nitzan
7 years ago

Perfect staging I think. With the pyros it’s breathtaking. I dare say another top 10 for Israel is possible and with a good draw in the final – this could do better than Nadav.

OR
OR
7 years ago

@Monique
thanks for your “kind” opinion, i think that Poland song is the most boring this year …. HOVI YOU ARE THE LIFE!!

rob
rob
7 years ago

Hovi bring: spectacular vocals, beautiful simple ballad, and so important massage to LGBT community all over the world.. well done my dear hovi, i will vote for u!

Monique
Monique
7 years ago

@sheli
Let me have MY OWN opinion, OK? Thank you. Still think it’s boring. But it’s nice that Hovi has such loyal fans.

Ticktack
Ticktack
7 years ago

@or. That’s OK 🙂

OR
OR
7 years ago

@Iberian
are u Israeli ? thanks

OR
OR
7 years ago

@Ticktack
you didnt hurt my “patriotic feelings” darling, this is your opinion and i respect it, i just told u my opinion also.. and thanks for remanding me great Israelis songs 🙂

wozzeck
wozzeck
7 years ago

Watch this man. Black horse alert!

Iberian
Iberian
7 years ago

“Opinions are divided” is pretty senseless comment… of course there are different opinions, it’s music, it’s eurovision, opinions are actually most probably ALWAYS divided, some like this others like that. There would be no competition if one song was loved by everybody. Tstststs.
However, we love you Hovi, your voice is amazing, your song is great; you are our winner!

Ticktack
Ticktack
7 years ago

@Or – Well, I just voiced my opinion 🙂 Should be legal no? Boring if we all liked the same music.

If you are Israeli (you might be, given your nick), I am sorry if I hurted your “patrotic feelings” in some ways. Truth is, I often loke the Israeli songs. Songs like “Time”, “Hailaila”; “at ve’ani” and “Hora” for instance – maybe all in my alltime top 100.

gil
gil
7 years ago

woww hovi what a wonderful singer .. you are the best, i really hope u will win this.. hope politics wouldn’t be stumbling-block

sheli
sheli
7 years ago

@Monique
His voice and his song PERFECT!!!!