Friday, April 11, 2014
Semi 2: 02 Israel
In our current mystery series "What were the Danes really thinking when sequencing the running order" we have reached the episode where Israel performs as number two in the second semi. Why place two strong, energetic songs neck to neck already in the beginning of the show? I don't get it.
Mei Finegold - Same Heart (Israel 2014)
In fact, Israel's song wouldn't have been a bad opener. Or a good way to put some more energy into the show after a couple of ballads. Every time it starts I think it will develop into a rock song before it makes a twists and turns all electronic pop on us. I like it.
It does have a few drawbacks - the lyrics are surprisingly clumsy at times - but Mei Finegold is the right performer to keep the whole thing under control and deliver with a thorny, almost aggressive, quality in her voice.
She even makes the language change pass almost unnoticed and feel most natural. I'm tempted to say the part in Hebrew suits the song even better.
Qualifier: Yes. For the first time since 2010, Israel will be in the final where they could possibly leave quite a mark, given that DR doesn't continue their odd behaviour and place Mei very close to Italy's Emma Marrone in the running order.
My grade: 4/5