ESCXTRA’s 2018 Hopefuls: Israel

Welcome to our brand new weekly series, ‘ESCXTRA’s 2018 Hopefuls’, in which we will tell you who we would like to see in Eurovision next year! This series will keep you entertained with new music from across Europe every Monday until the national final season begins next year, and may give you somebody new to root for to represent your country!  Today, we look at who we want to see represent Israel in Eurovision 2018. Let’s get started!

Lola Marsh

Lola Marsh is an indie pop band made up of Gil Landau and Yael Shoshana Cohen. They were formed in 2013 and released their first EP, You’re Mine, last year. Take a listen to You’re Mine below!

A song like this would be something really different for Eurovision, particularly for Israel. On top of this, the song is really something amazing, so it isn’t like we’d be seeing something completely insane! Lola Marsh would definitely be a smart choice for Israel in Eurovision, and we’d love to see it happen!

Maya Buskila

Maya Buskila was discovered by a scout for Helicon Records, one of Israel’s best-known record companies. Soon after, she released her début album, Sold Out Story, which sold 20,000 copies in the first three weeks! She has won awards for Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, and Singer of the Year by the Israeli Music Channel. Clearly, she’s good at what she does!

Maya has been rumoured to be the Israeli representative many times before. In 2009, it was reported that she had been a possible choice for Israel, but decided against it at the last minute. Then in 2011 and 2012, she was rumoured again to be representing Israel. We hope this time, if rumours begin to emerge again, that they are true, because she would be fantastic!

Mira Awad

Mīrā Anwar ‘Awaḍ represented Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 alongside Achinoam Nini (known as ‘Noa’, for short) with the song There Must Be Another Way. She was the first Arab Israeli to represent Israel in Eurovision, and her song was the first Israeli Eurovision song to contain Arabic lyrics. Mira had tried to represent Israel before in 2005 with Zman, but came 8th in the national final.

Since Eurovision, Mira has competed in the fifth season of Rokdim Im Kokhavim, the Israeli version of Dancing With The Stars, where she came 4th. She also played Ruthi in the TV drama Noah’s Ark, and in 2013 performed with heavy metal band Orphaned Land on their fifth album! However, since 2013, Mira has been pretty quiet, so perhaps this could be the perfect time for her to make a big comeback?

Mei Finegold

Any Eurovision fan will recognise Mei Finegold’s name. She competed in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with the song Same Heart. Despite being a big fan favourite (being titled by many as the Israeli Beyoncé), she failed to qualify for the final, placing only 14th with just 19 points. This was a massive shock to many! If you missed it, take a look at her performance below:

After Eurovision, Mei released a few songs but unfortunately didn’t manage to stay at the top of the Israeli charts. Therefore, she has turned to theatre, where she has took part in productions of musicals such as Les Miserables and Hair! We think that a return to her music career would be great to see, and hopefully this time Europe will treat her better if she participates!

Next week, we will look at who we want to see represent the Netherlands!
What do you think of our hopefuls? Is there anybody else you’d like to see for Israel in Eurovision? Do the idea of any of these artists excite you? Tell us in the comments below!

Luke Malam

I've watched Eurovision for as long as I can remember, but my interest really built in 2008, after I decided to watch the semifinals online, out of boredom, before the final...I was blown away by the quality of the show and have been hooked ever since! I'm a competitive trampolinist and I love baking. I've also just completed a master's degree in Research Methods in Psychology at University College London.

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