Netta Barzilai has taken to social media to support Kobi Marimi, following criticism of Kobi’s song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Netta last years Eurovision winner has taken to social media, to share her support for this years Israeli participant. Kobi Marimi has been subject to criticism in the Israeli media and social media for his song “Home”. Netta posted on Facebook:
In the past week I have noticed a wave of evil around Kobi Marimi’s song. I remember that when Toy came out, there was a similar wave of evil that quickly changed in support. I am here to tell you that without the support and backing of everyone here in Israel I would not have reached the point where I am now.
The song chosen for Kobi was tailored exactly to his voice, and love you it or not – this is his song. (By the way, the amazing Cypriot Eleni Foureira, who came in second place, was among the last in the betting for two months before the contest).
Supporting our representative, and especially Kobi, who is a wonderful singer and a huge virtuoso with a gentle and sweet soul, will do wonders for his performance on stage, and will do wonders for us here in Israel again to unite. It’s a music festival and we celebrate the diversity.
Love and support – it does not cost a shekel and it feels good! Kobi – you’re my someone! I love you!”
“Home” was selected from around 200 submissions that were received by the Israeli national broadcaster. “Home” was written and composed by Ohad Shargai and Inbar Weitzman. The song which will be revealed on March 10 is ‘A touching ballad’. Kobi commented:
From first hearing the song really moved me and I connected to it immediately, I thank the committee for picking a song that fits me perfectly, and in a few days everyone will be able to share my emotions.
Israel debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1973, and were represented by Ilanit who finished in 4th place with the song “Ey Sham”. Their first victory came in 1978 with Izar Cohen and the Alphabeta. Israel won again the following year with Gali Atari & Milk and Honey. Israel’s third victory came in 1998 when Dana International performed “Diva” in Birmingham, beating Malta to victory in a tense voting sequence. Israel struggled in the contest during the early-2010s, failing to qualify for the final from 2011-2014. However since the HaKokhav HaBa selection process was introduced in 2015 Israel has seen its fortunes turned around. In 2018 Netta won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Toy”, the song has gone on to be the most viewed Eurovision entry of all time on YouTube.