One of the more shocking results last year’s Eurovision Song Contest (for me, at least) was that Israel’s song, the strong-seeming “Same Heart”, was nowhere near the finals of the competition. What had felt like a lock for getting through the semifinals faltered once it got to the voters that really matter, but I was still stunned. Let’s take a look at this year’s entry, Nadav Guedj’s “Golden Boy”:
Well, the nice thing about this song is that if you don’t like it, give it about 20-30 seconds because it’ll be a completely different song by then. Things move from ballad to breakup song to club anthem in the space of a minute and a half, and that’s not even counting the Tel Aviv namedrop that comes immediately after. The schizophonic approach seems like a mistake here – it’s distracting, but not distracting enough that you ignore the simplicity of the rhyme scheme or the generic backing music.
If there’s one thing in this entry’s favor, it’s Nadav’s presence as a performer. He seems to have the energy needed to carry this song and, given the right staging, this might not be as doomed as I make it out to be. He may be the glue this otherwise fractured entry needs.