Kobi Marimi has released a revamped version of his song for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Ahead of the Grand Final of the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest next weekend, host country Israel have revamped their entry. Kobi Marimi will sing “Home” for Israel in the Final on 18th May, and you can listen to the revamped version of the song here.
Kobi will be accompanied by five backing singers who were previously announced. The singers will stand on the sides of the stage and will not move much, but they will be highlighted with lighting and screens. The singers face will also be shown on screens behind the stage.
He will take to the stage in Tel Aviv for his first rehearsal this Friday alongside the members of the Big Five – France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.
“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. 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.
Source: Israel Hayom
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.