The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — continues to rate and review the 41 competing entries of Eurovision 2019. Next we take a look at host country Israel, who have selected Kobi Marimi with “Home”. Did he make us feel at home? Read on to find out!
Kobi Marimi with “Home”
Anthony: It’s understandable why Kobi ends up with the Freddie Mercury comparisons during his time at Rising Star. And thankfully with the appropriately named “Home”, Israel made him more “Who Wants to Live Forever” rather than “I Want to Break Free”. After the likes of Claudia Pascoal and The Makemakes, Israel will hope to avoid suffering the same fate as the host country.
Luis: If I had to build a home out of the feelings that Israel’s song evokes in me, it would be a four-storey house made of concrete, isolated in the countryside with nude walls, huge square windows and iron stairs. That is, big and solid, yet cold and pretentious. Kobi’s vocals are undeniably brilliant, so it’s a pity he’s singing this soulless piece of musical theatre. “Home” wants to be a grand and portentous entry, but it passes totally unnoticed.
Deban: An emotionally stirring melody serves as this year’s host entry. Impactful, appropriately titled, and fitting with this year’s theme of “Dare To Dream”, Kobi Marimi’s theatrical leanings may appear exaggerated at times, but the strength of his voice shuts down any doubt. At the Israeli national selection, he was invited to return to the competition after losing a spot. He came, sang and conquered under that pressure. With him singing “Home”, expect a decent finish for Israel this year.
Jack: After Netta’s victory, it came as no surprise that Israel chose to send something on the other side of the musical spectrum to follow up her success. Unfortunately, “Home” lacks the emotion and uniqueness necessary to carry what is ultimately just a simple ballad — albeit one sung by a phenomenally talented performer. Despite this, I do think “Home” is good song and it does occasionally pull at my heartstrings. This entry could either sink or swim depending on the live performance, but I have no doubt that Kobi can pull it off.
Julian: “Home” really is a touching ballad which I more or less expected after Kobi won the competition in Israel. It is a song where his angelic voice can fully unfold. The song itself is not that outstanding but Kobi makes it a really good Israeli act for this year’s Eurovision. I wish the song would not be that theatrical though. If another singer would sing this song, I would not be as touched because the song itself is a typical ballad.
Sebastian: Kobi Marimi draws on an obvious history with musical theatre to deliver the emphatic track “Home”, with much emotion and gusto. And while he does a great job, “Home” unfortunately feels too familiar in a sea of top-tier ballads this year. If Kobi can deliver “Home” with a raw level of emotion and powerhouse vocals, only then might he just surpass your Russias or Netherlands of this year.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 29 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 2.5 and a high of 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.78/10
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