Doron Medalie — the “Toy” composer who drew the ire of Israeli Eurovision fans and songwriters after suggesting he had won Eurovision with Netta simply along for the ride — has officially and publicly apologised.
Doron opened up to Netta — and indeed Israel’s broader music industry — at a special ceremony held by ACUM, the organisation of the country’s authors, composers and music publishers.
While pushing the blame partly on the Israeli media, he sought forgiveness for being sloppy with his language.
“I had a slip of the tongue,” he said, according to Y Net. “My words were taken out of context, I was tricked and made easy prey for haters who are waiting in every corner of this crazy country.”
“I’m guilty of everything. I ask you, Netta, forgive me. I know you do not want me to apologise to you, but I apologise for all of this.”
Not everyone was impressed. Dana Weiss, one of Israel’s top political analysts and the anchor of “Saturday Night with Dana Weiss” on Channel 2, clearly thought Doron was sloppy for a second time.
“Instead of saying that he was taken out of context and led astray, it would be better if he were satisfied with telling the truth and said, ‘I was wrong – I apologise.'”
Speaking at the ceremony, Netta was more gracious.
“I’m not used to standing up and talking, but at these moments I really like improvising,” she said. “As always, I’ll talk from the heart, and I thought to teach everyone a lesson I learned on this journey.”
“When we won [The Next Star for Eurovision], I realised that I could do something very good for people, there was a man who had dreamed of winning the Eurovision Song Contest for ten years, and we aimed to write a song, and then came the jolt you were singing against 200 million people.”
“I thought to myself, ‘If I sing something that has nothing of me, I will not be able to win with it.’ ” And we went on a pretty crazy journey of openness and working together on ‘Toy’. It is one of the most collaborative [learning experiences]. That’s winning.”
The “Israel Hayom” newspaper reached out to KAN — the Israeli broadcaster — to ask about what it described as a “strange Tweet” from the official Eurovision account, which discouraged fans from buying plane tickets to Israel. “There is no problem or anything unusual,” the KAN statement reads. “No dates have been set or the city to host.” The Tweet from the EBU likely came in response to misinformation that was being spread by tour operators and fans. The official account was simply issuing a sensible warning that fans should wait for official information before jumping the gun…and spending their money. #eurovision #eurovision2019 #esc2019
What started the spat to begin with?
The drama stemmed from Doron’s recent interview with Mako.
In that interview Doron, who took Israel back to the Top 10 with “Golden Boy” in 2015, spoke openly about Netta’s dislike for the song on first listen. He also suggested it was very difficult to work with her.
“It was like taking a wild horse and putting it into a luxurious stable,” he said. “It is very normal that the horse will try to resist.”
Although Doron made it clear that Netta was crucial to victory, he also suggested that his victory was of greater significance.
“I feel like I won more, in my point of view,” he said. “The victory was something I had dreamed of, for many years, whereas Netta was thrown into it.”
Doron has a history of shooting straight from the hip and speaking his mind.
Speaking about Eurovision 2018 jury vote winner César Sampson, he said:
“He had an amazing song. The juries are manipulative people that want to sink strong countries so they don’t give them points and choose a good song that is not a threat.”
“The problem this year was that all the juries made the same decision without knowing one about the other, so he got so many points. We were happy since we knew he won’t get that many points from the audience.”
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