The Eurovision 2019 participants have been flying to Israel since early March to film their postcards — the tantalising segments that introduce each act to Europe in the moments before they perform live on stage. This year each of the acts is given a crash course in choreography — they’re filming their postcards alongside professional dancers in various settings around the country.
This week it was the turn of the Norwegian group KEiiNO. While all contestants had to work hard on their dance moves, this three-piece faced another challenge: spending time in Israel at a time of back-and-forth missile strikes.
On Tuesday the Israeli army bombed multiple targets in the Gaza Strip. That was a retaliatory measure after a rocket that was fired early Monday from Gaza. It slammed into a house just 20 miles north of Tel Aviv, injuring seven people. Dozens of rockets were subsequently fired from Gaza into southern Israel.
But life in Israel carries on. The “semi-war” between the Israelis and the Palestinians didn’t impact the group’s plans, nor did it leave members Fred Buljo, Alexandra Rotan and Tom Hugo feeling particularly worried.
In fact, they even found the time to give an interview to Israel’s Channel 12 (Keshet) in which they discussed their feelings, the calls to boycott the contest and the weather.
KEiiNO’s Interview in Israel
Proving that they really are from Norway, KEiiNO planned to go to the beach despite the rain and the relatively cold temperatures. “This is like a northern Norway summer, so I can go to the sea and take a bath,” Fred — he of the iconic joik — said.
They landed in the country around the time of the missile strikes. Naturally KEiiNO were also asked about the tension in the region and whether they felt safe.
“I believe that we are very well taken care of and I’m very confident that our security will be at the level that we need,” Tom said.
Tom isn’t a fan of boycotting cultural events that bring people together.
“Eurovision is a non-political event and I believe that the values of Eurovision are to include everyone and to have a meeting place where countries and cultures can meet in a friendly song competition. It is so important.”
They also mentioned Netta’s victory in Lisbon and that she’s their inspiration: “Her performance was so amazing and we look at her when we practise, how to do it as good as Netta did.”
Judging from their Insta, their postcard will be a visual feast in its own right.
“Today we recorded the postcard for Eurovision 2019, and it was an amazing experience with the greatest crew and dancers from @misgavdancegroup!” they wrote on Insta.
“We recorded from the desert, and got a little bit sun burnt — but it was totally worth it. So excited to see the result! What a day!”
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Done for the day! ? Today we recorded the post card for Eurovision 2019, and it was an amazing experience with the greatest crew and dancers from @misgavdancegroup ! We recorded from the desert, and got a little bit sun burnt – but it was totally worth it ?? So excited to see the result! What a day!