kobi marimi home israel 2019

The host country certainly knows how to keep fans waiting. Israel’s Kobi Marimi has finally released his entry for Eurovision 2019, “Home”. We now have our full field of 41 songs — but can Kobi give his country a second victory in a row?

Kobi Marimi — “Home”

Kobi had already teased fans with a snippet of “Home” earlier in the week, with a tease of some of the vocals and piano instrumentation of the song.

And their all clear and present in the final, full version of the track. Kobi’s vocals are rich and powerful; “Home” focuses on Kobi’s own life journey and his attempts to find self esteem.

He proudly states that “I am someone” – and we’re given all the feels as he does so. This is an emotional ballad that is full of soul.

There’s also a timeless feel to the track, and this is shared in the music video. Filmed entirely in black and white, Kobi features front and center. He also appears as multiple copies of himself. Get you a man who can do his own backing y’all!

“Home” is certainly a far cry from the crazyness of “Toy”, but it’s a classy, powerful song that is sure to make the audience in Tel Aviv go wild.

The track was written and composed by Ohad Shragai and Inbar Vaizman, whilst the music video shares a Eurovision winning connection. Guy Sagy is the director behind the video, who also worked on Dana International’s “Diva”. Get that winning magic!

What do you think of “Home”? Do you think that Israel can do the double this year, or will we be leaving their “home” for 2020? Let us know all your thoughts on the track in the comments section.

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Natalia
Natalia
1 year ago

My favorite song this year <3 I love it!

buranovskayagirl
buranovskayagirl
1 year ago

Croatis is better at old fasioned

gili
gili
1 year ago

what happened to the reaction video?

La Signora
La Signora
1 year ago

The guy doesn’t have a voice, the guy has a VOICE
I’m going to guess the chart position: 9th

Senhora do Mar
Senhora do Mar
1 year ago

I actually loooove this. It goes straight to my top5 and it is a trillion times better than Netta. Wow what a voice he has. If this song would came from any other country rather than the previous winner , people would have been hysterical about it but it came from the last winner so it’s just a song everyone is underated sadly

Tanya
Tanya
1 year ago
Reply to  Senhora do Mar

Wow,i so agree whith you

Malin
Malin
1 year ago

Now when melfest is over and I start to listen to songs from other coutries whithout knowing which country it is or what other think about the song.
I really liked this song the first time. Haven’t listened to all song yet, but think this while be top five the first listening.

Try to listen to the songs whiteout info about country, odds etc. Some songs you love first time and I think those have biggest chance in ESC.
Good luck from Sweden : )

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  Malin

This is the smartest comment I read on Eurovision related topics. Good on you!

Ser
Ser
1 year ago
Reply to  Malin

That a problem with a country??

buranovskayagirl
buranovskayagirl
1 year ago
Reply to  Malin

great comment! thats the way!

Sven
Sven
1 year ago

Don’t Ban Hatari, the Winner
I will Boycott Eurovision 2019 if the winner is banned from entering Israel

EricJ_
EricJ_
1 year ago
Reply to  Sven

+1

Piloh33
Piloh33
1 year ago
Reply to  Sven

I’m sick and tired of seeing Hatari everywhere here, on Instagram and even my local TV

You guys don’t understand they don’t care about those issues? They just want publicity and fame, GOSH!!!

JustinG
JustinG
1 year ago
Reply to  Sven

#1 Hatari
#2 The Netherlands
#3 Switzerland/Russia

buranovskayagirl
buranovskayagirl
1 year ago
Reply to  Sven

Hatari wont win even if they get all the hype in the world. those shouts & scratching are unlistenable ))

Iejdhcr
Iejdhcr
1 year ago

For the first 7 seconds i was like ‘wooow this will be amazing, an etno-folk ballad’, but then it just morphs into a regular standard ballad and it doesn’t do anything for me, sorry

AngieP
AngieP
1 year ago

Honest first impression:
The snippet we heard a few days ago was actually the first seconds of the song and I was really interested. After listening to the whole 3 minutes, I think it would be more interesting if the song was in hebrew. It would sound bigger. It’s not bad at all, his voice is amazing and I love the orchestra feeling and him singing with the backing vocalists part. It’s a song that we have to see live, because as of right now it’s not that impressive.

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  AngieP

I absolutely love the song but dislike the video, no offense to the artist/team. The song/artist are strong enough IMO for a simple yet strong staging.

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
1 year ago

And it’s official: 2019 is a GREAT year musically, one of the best in recent years, in my opinion, and definitively better than 2018. I struggle with my top 3 because I have four candidates: Italy, Portugal, Netherlands and Greece. One has to go to 4th 🙂

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
1 year ago

As a ballad sucker I must love this one and I definitively do. Straight up to my top 10 (second half, though), because the structure and melody are flawless and we know that he has got a vocal. I love the fact that Israel is doing something completely different and adjusting to the creative personality of the singer. The israeli pre-selection model is proving to be very effective. Is it a winner? Not this year. There are really strong entries, but will not repeat Portugal’s or Austrian’s disasters after winning, for sure.

Edu
Edu
1 year ago
Reply to  L'oiseau

Are you saying O Jardim is a crap!? Come on!!! Much better than Sobral’s entry!!

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
1 year ago
Reply to  Edu

No no no… I am not saying that all. I loved O Jardim. Actually, it was my favorite song last year. I only mean in terms of placement… Unfortunately, O Jardim got last, which was unfair but to be expected. I don’t think this will happen with Israel. But to be fair, it would be nice if Israel would sing in hebrew in their home country and O Jardim did not have that “advantage”. PS: As much as I like O Jardim, I still find APD better, a league of its own…

Braunn
Braunn
1 year ago

I love the song so much! Thank you Israel this masterpiece! Good luck Kobi!

bastian
bastian
1 year ago

So where is Gili now? 🙂

Gili
Gili
1 year ago
Reply to  bastian

I’m here what’s the problem,? I still think kobi is the best singer/performer by far compared to the other kids in the contest…it didn’t change and will never change…I felt nothing from other ballads this year…only kobi served it big time..what a strong personality…..he has no contest as performer…satisfied,?(:

LawStudent
LawStudent
1 year ago

The song is okay. It’s not great but it’s also not dire as some people on here make it seem. There are some incredible entries this year and as such I doubt it will get a top ten spot but I also don’t predict it coming off last. I can see a good spot in the middle finish (19-13).

Colin
Colin
1 year ago

I really like this song. I miss good ”old-fashioned” ballads this year. Most songs are so modern and minimalist in 2019. I really enjoy hearing this as a contrast. Nice way to end the line-up. Now, proper top 41 lists – begin!

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
1 year ago
Reply to  Colin

Exactly!

Milla
Milla
1 year ago

Now this I can’t stand. Kobi’s voice and english are really annoying . It sounds like he imitates something and tries too hard to hit the notes. I think this will end up in the bottom.

Avadapalabra
Avadapalabra
1 year ago
Reply to  Milla

Excuse me, Milla, but what makes you GUESS he is struggling to “hit the notes”? Have you seen him live? It’s quite easy, you know: just watch his performances at the Israeli show where he was chosen.
Oh, one more thing: What seems to you to be the problem with his English? I can’t find anything off with it.
Penny for your thoughts!

West
West
1 year ago

It’s not terrible, I really like the first minute or so, but after that I strugle to pay attention to it. I also think it would sound much better if it wasn’t in English.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
1 year ago

absolutely, completely, utterly dirge. comin for last place

NickC
NickC
1 year ago

I predict a last place finish for the host nation second year in a row. Clearly they do not want to host again…

Valentino
Valentino
1 year ago

Like Russia, this one also was made with the staging in mind.

Steven
Steven
1 year ago

No wonder Israel is one of the top and best Eurovision contestant. They always send interesting songs. This one starts super slow, and right when you’re about to give up on it, it has twists and turns and when you get to the bridge it explodes!!! Just brilliant.

Batam Boy
Batam Boy
1 year ago

Totally 180 direction from last year entries. A total change from the crazy upbeat of “Toy” to Dramatic emotional “Home” . But it is a good pace of change. It’s got Israeli feel to it and I love the drama and melody of the song. ( Not sure why everybody hates it though )

pastel de nata
pastel de nata
1 year ago

It’s a no, thank you.

Gil Dadia
Gil Dadia
1 year ago
Reply to  pastel de nata

you welcome…now say nicely bye bye and go out from here thx in advance

Anna
Anna
1 year ago
Reply to  Gil Dadia

So, people are not allowed to express their opinion if it’s not the same as yours? Grow up please and learn to respect others.

gili
gili
1 year ago
Reply to  Anna

i showed him the way out of this page,,just helped him…i wish i could help you as well

Anna
Anna
1 year ago
Reply to  gili

You can’t help yourself

gili
gili
1 year ago
Reply to  Anna

toy isnt a song i can listen to, it was fun for few listens…this song is serious and thouching…not trash like toy for sure…surprised? Netta is amazing artist but the song is not my cup of tea…you see? if the song is from israel it doesnt mean that i will say that its good just because im israeli…imri ziv was also bad and other entries from israel as well

Ian
Ian
1 year ago

Not sure why, but the first thing I thought while playing this was “This definitely sounds like a host country song.”

DripDrop
DripDrop
1 year ago

Lol so many Israelis in this comment section saying the song is great and the performer is awesome! Truth is the song is dated and average, the performer is overly dramatic for no reason and he will obviously finish in the last places. Downvote me as much as you want. Truth hurts

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  DripDrop

A true opinion might hurt. But actual truth… we shall see in May who it hurts.

Gili
Gili
1 year ago
Reply to  DripDrop

Its your truth only my friend….if you didn’t get kobi I’m sorry for you….kobi is much more than stupid song for eurovision…anyways most of the songs are pure trash and the positions don’t say much cause many voters can’t identify quality. Like you for example,(:

Anna
Anna
1 year ago
Reply to  Gili

What about the voters that chose your country’s representative as winner last year? Was Toy trash too?

gili
gili
1 year ago
Reply to  Anna

toy isnt a song i can listen to, it was fun for few listens…this song is serious and thouching…less trash than toy for sure…surprised? Netta is amazing artist but the song is not my cup of tea…you see? if the song is from israel it doesnt mean that i will say that its good just because im israel…imri ziv was also bad and other entries from israel as well

TLV
TLV
1 year ago
Reply to  Gili

Grow up!

Idan
Idan
1 year ago
Reply to  DripDrop

I’m from Israel and 80% of Israelis hate this song and Kobi Marimi as well.
Kobi himself his outdated, looks like a Dracula when he sings and his song makes you want to kill yourself.

NoGeoblocks
NoGeoblocks
1 year ago
Reply to  Idan

DripDrop, As you can see, Israelis can’t stand behind their candidates. When Netta was elected we called her fat, ugly, a chicken, this is a bunch of noises, we said she’ll get last place. When Netta went to rehearsals we called her terrible, ugly, fat, what’s with all the noises, and we said she’ll get last place. We only stand behind our contestants once they prove themselves. Until then we will trash trash trash them. This is how we do it!

NoGeoblocks
NoGeoblocks
1 year ago
Reply to  Idan

Idan has done poll… 80%. it’s scientific. Come on. Lefargen doesn’t cost money

ttothezed
ttothezed
1 year ago
Reply to  DripDrop

The problem is he excels at taking Western music and making it Mizrahi (Eastern), this song is a Western Ballad and they de-Judaised it.. and added the opposite – a gospel choir sound. they turned him into a foreign but Christian lounge singer looking for his big break in Las Vegas. It’s a slap in the face to do this… They are removing everything Jewish to show in Eurovision. First they make it so that certain bands can’t compete to hold final rehearsal on the Sabbath. Then performers – Omer Adam also refused because it’s Shabbat (the Sabbath). Then they… Read more »

La Signora
La Signora
1 year ago
Reply to  ttothezed

That’s true

Evan
Evan
1 year ago

Kobi’s charms are lost on me. His voice is weak in the verse, he bellows at you in the chorus, and everything he sings reeks of self-importance. The guy needs to lighten up a bit!

TheObserver
TheObserver
1 year ago

Israel sends a strong defender of the eurovision trophy. After a first listen the song felt average in the paste until up the minute mark where his voice multiplies and it gets really harmonical and nice. The end is a nice bit aswell and the message is clear in the first listen. His voice is very strong and one can argue its one of the strongest voices this year. However there is a chance that this song will be forgotten and lose a heavy margin of derserved votes to countries like Netherlands / Russia etc with strong emotional songs aswell.… Read more »

gilpgilp
gilpgilp
1 year ago

This is Sweden’s year to win in Israel. Just like 1999. But Israel will do very well with this. The crowd will feed off of him and the televote will feed off the crowd.

brennan
brennan
1 year ago
Reply to  gilpgilp

i think you are forgetting that there are 39 other countries competing

Orien
Orien
1 year ago

That’s why i prefer Ketreyah more

Jingo
Jingo
1 year ago
Reply to  Orien

only Shefita could possibly win Eurovision again for Israel

Jannik
Jannik
1 year ago
Reply to  Jingo

Shafita is a racist parody with a dumb accent. This abomination lost each and every round during the competition and came to the final only because she was protected from the elimination. And you speak about winning of Eurovision.

Pachaz
Pachaz
1 year ago

Oh My god, this is a masterpiece ! I love his voice so beautiful and powerful.
The singer is so elegant, for me definetely in the top 5.
Bravo Israel – J’adore ! Greetings from France…

Edu
Edu
1 year ago

This guy is from another planet. An amazing ballad, simply brilliant. Hope for a Top 10 for Israel.
Her voice is incredible.
Like a lot! Good luck Israel from Buenos Aires 🙂

EZz
EZz
1 year ago

Well his voice is really strong, and he sings it so well, however I really hope that he doesn’t get the host country curse, and finish low on the table on the night, but I love how authentic the song is, so who knows Israel 2020 possibly, but Portugal, Serbia, Switzerland, Cyprus, there’s been so many good songs so far who knows, this could be a great year.

pastel de nata
pastel de nata
1 year ago
Reply to  EZz

The way I see it, Israel will be competing for the bottom 5 with France and the UK.

Anti-idiot
Anti-idiot
1 year ago
Reply to  pastel de nata

Let France and Uk in peace, are you obsessed by mickael and Bilal ? You are obliged to talk meanly about them everywhere ? Is it your job ? These two countries will do well, live with that.Period.

Stephanie
Stephanie
1 year ago

Okay let’s talk about BORING. But i don’t hate thé song as i did last year

KarWorld
KarWorld
1 year ago

I like it a lot! I would even like it more in Hebrew to highlight our rich diversity. Direct to my top 10! Good luck from Catalonia!

Arizona
Arizona
1 year ago
Reply to  KarWorld

Whats Catalonia?

Corazon Valiente
Corazon Valiente
1 year ago
Reply to  Arizona

A region spread across Spain, Andorra, and France.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago

As Jamala might ask…
“Is Catalonia Spain, or… ?” 😛

lolspain
lolspain
1 year ago

Good entry, but Israel will be stuck by the host country curse of ending up in the bottom, just as Austria 2015, Ukraine 2017 and Portugal 2018.

Steven
Steven
1 year ago
Reply to  lolspain

I beg to defer! This one is definitely going to be in the top10. Mark my words.

srsly?
srsly?
1 year ago

There are 2 articles about Dancing with the stars / On ice, but no article about the revamped version of Albania 2019?

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago
Reply to  srsly?

The revamps seem to get their articles a bit later (Montenegro, Romania etc.). Hold on in there!

NorWay
NorWay
1 year ago

Best ballad this year!

Gili
Gili
1 year ago
Reply to  NorWay

Best singer/performer that’s for sure

Denis
Denis
1 year ago

It’s nice and dramatic. But to much Broadway musical for my taste!

ggg
ggg
1 year ago

To compare apples to apples, this is much better than russia, better vocals for sure, and yet somehow russia is still favorite to win, doesn’t make any sense. If the russian song was from another country, it probably wouldn’t even qualify

Yuvaly
Yuvaly
1 year ago
Reply to  ggg

Well Russia started as 1st in the betting odds without the artist even being announced (and Sweden was 2nd) so it takes a lot of people betting on other songs and no one betting on Russia to really make it drop in the odds

Fatima
Fatima
1 year ago
Reply to  ggg

I don’t fully agree ggg, the Russian singer is tried and tested on the Eurovision stage. We know he can sing, dance and do tricks all at the same time. He’s a safe pair of hands regardless of the song, so in that sense, it makes sense.

Anna
Anna
1 year ago

Why does the music video give me Jacques Houdek vibes? The verse ‘I am Someone’ and the multiple Kobis make it sound even more egocentric to me..

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  Anna

Haha! OMG I hadn’t noticed that! That’s really funny. 😀

LawStudent
LawStudent
1 year ago
Reply to  Anna

The multiple heads is an ode to Bohemian Rhapsody. Apparently the director was specially instructed to take that iconic song into considerion in his vision for the videoclip (in part because of Kobi’s resemblance to Freddie Mercury).

Anna
Anna
1 year ago
Reply to  LawStudent

Ok, but the song has nothing to do with Bohemian Rhapsody, which is a masterpiece.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
1 year ago
Reply to  Anna

This is probably not what you expect to hear but the song and video combined i think has some potential meme quality in it somewhere…

Random biased viewer
Random biased viewer
1 year ago

Jacques Houdek, the man, the myth, the legend, lmao

Skiwalko
1 year ago

And by the way – where they trying to recreate a Bond film opening with that music video? Seriously, “Spectre” flashbacks all the way!

Gili
Gili
1 year ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

More of bohamian raphsody….and he looks like Freddie Mercury…same look in the eyes even(: Freddie would be proud

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago
Reply to  Gili

I’m glad I’m not the only one seeing that resemblance!

Shon
Shon
1 year ago

Wowwwwww!!!

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 year ago

Host country having no shame to present a song in english instead of hebrew.

Skiwalko
1 year ago
Reply to  Nicolas

Yeah “Beit” would be 10x better than “Home”.

Connan
Connan
1 year ago
Reply to  Nicolas

the supidest comment ive ever read.

Yuvaly
Yuvaly
1 year ago
Reply to  Nicolas

Ukraine Sweden Austria Denmark Germany Azerbaijan….

Nicolas
Nicolas
1 year ago
Reply to  Yuvaly

Shame on them too.

Leo
Leo
1 year ago
Reply to  Nicolas

By the way, English it’s also the official language of Israel.

ttothez
ttothez
1 year ago
Reply to  Leo

No it’s not.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago

Kobi’s vocals are excellent and the song does a flawless job on showing every single great thing about his voice. It would be the perfect choice to win a talent show (no wonder why he just won one). In a song contest, he’ll need more than that. Can he be as magnetic as Salvador? Even if he can’t, that would be a very respectable musical theather number. By the way, it’s a good year for eurofans who like musicals, since Russia’s, North Macedonia’s and Germany’s entries also could perfectly fit one, all of them with worthy results.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I live and breathe musicals. So ESC 2019 is looking like one of my favourite years, ever. 🙂

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I knew it! The way you reacted about “Scream” (while almost everybody around your comment was hating it) told it all. Had Israel stole part of Russia’s thunder on your view?

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Russia still has the musical’s thunder and lightning, but Israel is bringing the heart and soul of the stage musical. They each bring something different. I like them both.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

I still have a problem connecting to the first 2 minutes of “Scream”, but I started to love its bridge and the powerful ending. Sounds like one that’s fun to play in piano.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Yeah, “Scream” is epic on piano, with all those octaves. It covers almost the whole range of the instrument!

Sam
Sam
1 year ago

Amsterdam or Rome 2020

Hideo
Hideo
1 year ago
Reply to  Sam

Or not xD

La Signora
La Signora
1 year ago
Reply to  Sam

Rome, if Rai doesn’t refuse… 🙁

lolspain
lolspain
1 year ago

Btw, the revamped version of Ktheju Tokes kicks ass.

ASC
ASC
1 year ago

I think Israel’s entry this year is pleasant, but it is not a ‘standout’ song. I wish he sang in Hebrew though – it’s a beautiful language to showcase in the hosting country.

Blass Hollingsworth
Blass Hollingsworth
1 year ago

I think this song would be much stronger if it were sung in Hebrew. I think if it were in Hebrew, it could be a powerful ballad that claims identity and a sense of place, which would feel quite relevant in a changing Europe. It would be standing on the shoulders of Salvador Sobral, but not copying his song in any way. In English I feel like it’s a bit generic and boring. I don’t see this getting to the left side of the board, but it might stay out of the bottom five, unlike a lot of previous host… Read more »

Dekebreuer
Dekebreuer
1 year ago

this is actually the kind of quality, honesty, authenticity that I expected from Russia this year. glad that Israel, once again, delivers.

Connan
Connan
1 year ago

I must say I really really loved it. I cant stand ballads. But this one is special in a way. I can feel every word he sang. beautiful.