On October 26 Israel became one of the last countries to reveal their Junior Eurovision 2016 act.
And on Tuesday it became clear that taking their time has paid off, as the Duo Shir & Tim revealed their JESC 2016 song “Follow My Heart”.
Unlike any other song in the competition, their number is a dreamy duet featuring guitar, strings and plenty of tambourine. The kids — who were paired together for Junior Eurovision — harmonize well and move easily from quiet verses to anthemic chorus, proving themselves adept at major and minor keys along the way.
The official video clip is expected to be released on Thursday.
Tim, currently a contestant on The Voice Kids Ukraine, opens the song in Hebrew, working his lower register with conviction and plenty of confidence. Shir harmonizes with him in the initial chorus before taking over in the second verse, offering a soft, feminine foil. The second time the chorus comes around they let rip, transforming this into a torch song that makes you want to turn on the iPhone flashlight and wave your hands.
Sung in Hebrew and English, the song has an inspirational message about following your dreams and going with your gut. They say:
I know I’ve gotta follow my heart
I know the way it feels when it’s right
I see the light, My dreams are rising in the night,
Making me live forever,
Making me give the best of me…
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The children, chosen after a nation-wide talent search, worked with acclaimed song writer Mr. Noam Horev (who also wrote the lyrics for Israel’s Eurovision 2010 entry) and the composer Dor Daniel.
Shir, 13, is already a known figure in Israel, as she participated in the third season of Music School— Israel’s prime time TV singing competition for children. The show exposed her to some of the country’s top musicians and artists. She subsequently dubbed the Hebrew version of the animated film Finding Dory.
Tim, also 13, is a veteran of music festivals and televised singing contests, including Being A Star and Family Performance on Channel 24 and international competitions such New Wave Junior and the Slavic Bazaar. He’s currently competing on Ukraine’s The Voice Kids. As of June 2016, Tim — aka, TimoTi — is part of the cast of the Israeli production of the musical Billy Elliot. He plays the character of Billy’s best friend, Michael. The rehearsals took about 10 months, and the show is a huge commercial hit in Israel.
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