After a marathon selection that resulted in him being crowned Israel’s Next Star Kobi Marimi has been going full pelt. And this evening KAN, the Israeli broadcaster, revealed that Mr Marimi will sing “Home” at the next Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv. It’s rather fitting for the singer from the host nation, isn’t it?
The song and music video will be revealed on March 10th on @kann!
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“Home” was written and composed by Ohad Shragai and Inbar Vaizman, and it’s described as “a touching ballad that will be perfect for Kobi’s powerful voice.”
As we saw on The Next Star, Kobi has absolutely aced this style of song from day one. His audition, a remake of Beyonce’s “Sweet Dream”, gathered national headlines and endeared him to millions.
Speaking of his song, Kobi said: “When I first heard the song I was very moved by it, and I immediately connected to it. Thank you to the committee for choosing a song that fits me perfectly.”
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The host country’s song was selected from around 200 submissions, which is reported to be around 30% more than in previous years. Marimi recorded several of the favoured choices, so that a six-member judging team could determine which was best suited for his vocals and style. Precision!
KAN has not revealed further details, but since the title is in English, one can guess that “Home” will include English — fully or partially — as Israel’s past entries have. During his time on The Next Star, Kobi only performed songs in English.
“Home” will be presented to the public in March 10th, and as the host entry, will be performed in the Grand Final on May 18th.
What do you think? Do you feel the host country’s chances are looking up? What do you think “Home” will be like? Let us know in the comments below!