It is normally an unenviable task to represent the home nation at the Eurovision Song Contest.
But at Israel‘s first rehearsal at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, Kobi Marimi took the pressure in his stride.
He starts out arranged in front of pieces of blacked out scenery, before moving forward and working his way down the catwalks.
Kobi’s performance is less kinetic than others, but that is because he is focusing on his vocal delivery.
The pieces of scenery and lighting add to a neo-noir film feeling. It could be an exert from a drama from the 1930s or a performance from the golden age of Hollywood.
At the second verse Kobi is joined by his choir of backing dancers, clad in black tie evening wear, which adds to a classy feeling. His face appears on pieces of the scenery in what looks like exerts from the music video.
A final run added pyro.
This is a respectable effort from Israel and has elevated a lot from the first version we heard.
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Israel: First rehearsal at Eurovision 2019
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Photo Credit: EBU