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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Photo Credit: EBU

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Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 year ago

Change the song back, change the song back, change the song back…

Ezal
Ezal
1 year ago

Well done

Gili
Gili
1 year ago

come on guys, no one can tell me that there is a better singer in the contest….

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
1 year ago
Reply to  Gili

Depends on which style

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
1 year ago

This one’s all about the vocal and the emotion. It will come across quite easily, so there’s very little else to do here.

Denis
Denis
1 year ago

It sounds as if it would fit in a musical!

Daniel
Daniel
1 year ago
Reply to  Denis

he acted in a musical just a year ago, was quite good

escterrace
escterrace
1 year ago

after all the craziness of the week, this is like medicine for my ears and eyes…

Ran
Ran
1 year ago

so sad he change the end of the song, it was so powerfull.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 year ago

Based on Angus’ description, it sounds interesting, but the snippet doesn’t allow me to get to any positive or negative conclusion about the staging. Kobi’s vocals are very strong as expected.

dorit
dorit
1 year ago

Kobi Marimi-Israel- is an amazing breath taking VIRTUOSO, no one like him, no one with a voice , talent ,extraordinary dominance, accuracy , stamina, ,Charisma and presence like his.!
add to that a warm, intelligent, super sensitive, humorous, loving, caring, tender personality!
I was totally smitten when I first heard him and saw him on stage,
at his audition, still am!
Most Amazing mastered, caressing, relaxing, soothing voice I heard in a very long time.
???

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  dorit

I agree with you 100%.

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago

I watched the official video, I saw him walking down those stairs heading for the catwalk and I started to applaud him, my hands just started moving by themselves. And I got so emotional.

Alex
Alex
1 year ago

thought they had chances to end last but it looks promising. I still believe they will flop in televoting but juries will appreciate it.

Khan
Khan
1 year ago

last place

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago
Reply to  Khan

LO.

Serafina
Serafina
1 year ago
Reply to  Khan

Wait 4 Germany

Steven
Steven
1 year ago
Reply to  Khan

No chance for last place with this one. He’s too good of a vocalist, and the song is good enough to be in the top10, though I think he will end up somewhere between 10 and 20 just because of the televotes, but the juries will definitely love this one. He will surprise us all at the end. That’s for sure.

Whisker
Whisker
1 year ago

That sounds marvelous, fabulous, glorious! Shabbat Shalom!

Gili
Gili
1 year ago

according to the Picture it looks promising