Nadav Guedj — the beloved singer who shimmied on stage for Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna in 2015 — has been dismissed from the Israeli Army Choir due to “continuous disciplinary problems”.
It’s an unfortunate turn of events for the “Golden Boy” singer, who was only 16 when he achieved an impressive ninth place in the Grand Final. Guedj’s performance is considered an important milestone in Israel’s history at the competition, as it ended the country’s four-year run of non-qualifications. It also symbolises the beginning of The Next Star era, which has changed Israel’s fortunes at the contest. Netta — the most recent winner of The Next Star — brought the country its fourth victory after 20 years of unsuccessful results.
Since his performance in Vienna, Guedj has been referred to as “Golden Goy”. But it now seems that this title might be at risk.
According to Ynet, Israel’s leading news website, Guedj has been involved in a series of disruptive events during his military service. His behavioural problems led to disciplinary actions being taken against him. Compounding matters, he failed to show up to various hearings where his behaviour was meant to be discussed.
In the most recent incident, Guedj refused to participate in a documentary that was aired on channel 12 (AKA Keshet) during its weekend news edition. During the shooting of the documentary, which dealt with army choirs in Israel and the challenges faced by their artists, Guedj was caught on camera saying: “Stop with the games. I’m not performing today kapara“. (Kapara is slang for ‘sweetheart’).
However, the commentator states that Guedj is probably frustrated because he is now required to serve as a military singer and to put his career at hold. That’s because military service is mandatory in Israel for all men between the ages of 18 and 21.
You can watch the documentary below (with Guedj’s comments from 7:00 to 7:10).
Speaking of Nadav’s dismissal, an IDF spokesperson said:
Sargent Nadav Guedj’s disciplinary problems have led to a thorough examination being conducted by his commanders. Due to the fact that he failed to comply with the choir rules and his daily tasks, it was decided to dismiss him from the choir.
In December 2017, Guedj released his last single – “Ulai Nedaber”, which translates as “maybe we should speak”. It was positively received by the Israeli audience. It didn’t, however, achieve the dizzying success of his Eurovision hit.
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