Kobi Marimi will represent the host nation in the Grand Final in 18 May with his internally selected song “Home”. And ever since its release, the reception has been mixed. Israelis may be concerned of a host nation bottom-place finish, as has happened in the past two years when both Ukraine and Portugal finished in the 24th and 26th positions as hosts nations in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
The bookies also put Israel in a low position. Oddschecker doesn’t quite favour Kobi as a winner, currently ranked at 24th place out of 41 participants with odds varying from around of 1/100 (Betfred) to 1/200 (Bet365, SkyBet).
Our Wiwi Jury the reactions to the song were mixed, but supportive. Overall, it was ranked 31 with an average of 5.78/10.00.
The mixed reaction of “Home” encouraged the Israeli Head of Delegation and production team to revamp the song, making sure that “Home” will be indeed sweet, as the quote says. The new version of the song was released earlier today, and you can listen to it here.
The operatic intro vocalisation has been dropped for string instuments, which sounds of a lower pitch and brings an ethnic vibe. The second chorus has also undergone some changes, with more backing vocals and an a capella choir.
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According to public Israel Hayom, further changes will take place it at the Grand Final. Kobi will be assisted by 5 backing singers. His face will be screened during his performance with lightning effects that will resemble the sunshine in order to emphasise his message, “I feel the sun upon my skin”.
We will have to wait and see the results at Kobi’s first rehearsal which according to KAN’s schedule, will take place on Friday 10th May.
What do you think about Kobi’s new vrsion of the song? Do you agree with the criticism and with the suggested changes to “Home”? In which position do you thinlk Israel will finish in the Grand Final?