Eurovision 2019 is only a few months away. And while KAN continues to make grand plans for the grand final and semis, the Israeli media keeps reporting on what it describes as leaks. This week the names of the potential interval acts were published by a number of outlets — including the broadcaster Channel 10, leading newspaper Haaretz and entertainment and news site Mako.
From Eurovision winners to major Israeli stars, KAN reportedly has its eyes set on the following talent to entertain you while you wait for the voting results in Tel Aviv: Dana International, Netta, Idan Raichel and Omer Adam.
The Israeli production team is obviously striving for a show that will reflect the face of Israel on the one hand, but that will also connect with the audience outside of the country. That duality seems to underscore the impressive variety of acts on this apparent wishlist.
Netta and Dana International
Most Eurovision fans won’t need any introduction to Israel’s two most recent Eurovision winners. These divas each made history with their respective victories and became two of the most popular figures in Israel. Both are more than deserving of the honour of a performance at ESC.
Channel 10 reports that Israeli broadcaster KAN is trying to get them to sing together. Sources close to the singers have said that there is still no agreement at the moment.
Dana, who has routinely offered her support for the LGBT community, recently released a new version of the song “Mi Ha’Ish” (Who is the Man) for Jerusalem Pride. She’s still quite the gay icon in Israel and abroad, as she keeps getting invited to perform across Europe — even 20 years after her unforgettable victory at Eurovision 1998.
After a crazy year filled with performances all across Europe and The US, Netta will soon release her follow-up single “Bassa Sababa”. And there is a pretty good chance that she could perform it live on the 2019 Eurovision stage. That and, of course, her winning song “Toy”.
You won’t be surprised to read that KAN has plans for Netta to perform in the grand final.
The two divas performing together is an exciting prospect. We just hope there aren’t any falls this time.
Omer Adam is one the most popular singers in Israel — and he is only 25 years old! His music fuses elements of eastern “Mizrahi” (an Oriental, Middle Eastern style) and Western pop instrumentation.
He has released five albums with hit after hit. Tickets to his concerts sell out within minutes. And he has won endless awards for “best singer” and “best song” over the years.
The most played song in Israel in 2018 was his song “Shnei Meshuga’im ” (Two Crazy People), while Netta’s “Toy” came only second. Funny enough, both had Stav Beger on the songwriting team.
Another of his hits is “Tel Aviv” — how fitting for the contest this year, right? That was composed by none other than Doron Medalie — the genius behind “Golden Boy”, “Made of Stars” and “Toy”. The song was the official theme of Tel Aviv’s Gay Pride Week in 2013, and has remained a hit across Europe ever since.
Due to his massive popularity, it’s not a surprise that Mako reports KAN would like to have him on stage at Eurovision. The reported plan is for Omer to perform in one of the semi finals.
Omer might not have a direct connection to Eurovision, but he did record his own Hebrew version to the song “OPA”, which represented Greece at Eurovision 2010. The lyrics were written by Doron Medalie.
He’s no stranger to Netta, either: they recently met at Teddy Sagi’s New Year’s Eve party and sang his hit “Shnei Meshuga’im ” (Two Crazy People) on stage together.
Omer regularly performs a medley of songs in his concert that includes a bit of Netta’s “Toy”. He also sang it on the special show “Pop Up Music” that was running for a few days last December (Eleni Foureira took part as well).
KAN issued a response to Mako on Omer Adam’s reported response. They said: “We are currently formulating the artistic program for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. In time we will publish the list of artists that will take part in the shows.”
Ofer Menachem, Omer Adam’s PR manager, declined to comment on the report.
Another famous Israeli musician is Idan Raichel — a producer, keyboardist, lyricist, composer and performer. He is mainly known for “The Idan Raichel Project”, which he’s run since 2002 as the main composer.
It’s called a project and not a group or a band, since it does not contain a permanent group of singers and musicians, but a changing base with different singers for each song. The special sounds of the project are distinctive for fusing electronics, traditional Hebrew text, and Arab and Ethiopian music.
During a career spanning 15 years, Idan Raichel has become not only the most successful artist in Israel but also one of Israel’s most successful artists abroad, with tours that include performances at some of the leading festivals as well as shows in the most prestigious venues in Europe, the USA, South America, the Far East, Canada and Australia.
In addition, Idan has forged collaborations with many artists including American pop stars India Arie and Alicia Keys, and a wide range of artists who are household names in their native countries: Portugal’s Ana Moura, France’s Patrick Bruel, Italy’s Ornella Vanoni, Germany’s Andreas Scholl, the Italian duo Mina & Celentano, the Iranian singer Golazin, and Mali’s Vieux Farka Touré.
In the albums he has produced to-date with The Project, as well as in the other musical ventures, Idan has introduced a new musical culture – a fresh style of production combined with lyrics in a variety of languages including Arabic, German, Spanish, Amharic, French and Hebrew. It’s worked its way into the Israeli mainstream as well into the hearts of the general public in Israel and overseas.
It is still unknown which artists will feature during his reported performance at Eurovision 2019, but we’re sure we can expect something special.
Are you excited about the potential interval acts of Eurovision 2019? Who is your favourite and who do you think would slay hardest? Let us know in the comments box below!