Israel’s selection process for Eurovision 2019 continues and today we’ll take a look at the qualifiers from episodes 9 and 10. Only 5 candidates were able to pass to the next stage, so we’ll review these two shows in one post.
Today’s new phenomenon is Eliya Gabay, a candidate who forgot the lyrics of his song yet easily passed to the next stage. That’s called talent.
The audience’s favourite – who also happens to be our favourite – is Eliya Gabay, 26, from Tel Aviv. He sang a Hebrew song called “That Kind of Love”, originally performed by Idan Raichel. He started his audition with a ma’wal which was VERY convincing and we were very close to pressing the “wow” button. Then he forgot the words and lost his confidence. But despite this “accident”, he achieved 93% of the votes which, under the circumstances, is an amazing result. This is probably because he acted as if nothing happened and improvised like a professional so that no one could have noticed his confusion (unless they knew the lyrics). Shiri, who also voted for him, “warned” him and said: “I remember myself in Eurovision, just before you go on stage there are like 15 seconds between you and the previous artist and you say to yourself: that’s it, once I start singing there will be no second chance”.
Although we’re team Eliya, Niv’s audition attracted our attention as well. He is 23, and although he does not look like a “star” like Harel said (and we agree), when he started to sing it looked as he belongs to the stage. Niv sang a song in Hebrew called “Ha’Ahava Shelanu” (which translates as “This is our Love”, originally performed by Ivri Lider) and achieved 91%. It will be interesting to see whether he will proceed to the next stage because as he is not a typical candidate and more of an underdog.
Other qualifiers in these episodes ranking from highest to lowest:
|Name of qualifier||Entry and performing artist||Result||Our impressions|
|Eden Vered Mary||Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes||78%||Good singer, bad audition|
|Alik Manshirov||Ein Po Makom (“There is No Place Here”) – Idan Haviv||75%||Emotional and restrained|
|Frida Uziel||Viduy (“Confession”) – Yehudit Ravitz||60%: SAVED||Solid but messy|
Eden’s audition here
What do you think about episodes 9-10 and the qualifiers? Do you think that Eliya deserved to pass? Let us know below.