ESCountdown 2019: #22 – “Home” by Kobi Marimi, Israel

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN! Welcome to my ESCountdown 2019, presented by eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica! Between April 7 and May 10, I will countdown my picks of the entries in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019! There are 41 countries participating this year, and we’ll bring you each and every entry from them all!

Last year, when we first launched our ESC coverage, I did the songs in random order. This year, I’m changing things up a bit. Due to copyright issues with the way I did my TKR videos on YouTube, my ESC show last year never made it to public consumption. So this year, rather than just cover the songs, I’m bringing you all the info on each song this year ranked in order of my personal preference from bottom to top. I’ll give the reasons for my personal rankings, and some background info on the song, artist, songwriters, and such.  Again, these are MY opinions, and I realize that the ESC fan community is a rabid one, and rarely everyone agrees with everyone else, so as they say, your mileage may vary.

In at #22 on my countdown this year is the official entry from Israel, “Home” by Kobi Marimi, written by Ohad Shargai and Inbar Weitzman. The song is performed in English. Because Israel won last year’s contest, the song gets an automatic bye to the Grand Final on May 18.

Marimi has been working his way up as an actor and singer for the last several years and won the most recent edition of HaKokhav HaBa, the parent series of the worldwide “Rising Star” or “Next Star” franchise, to earn the right to represent his country at EuroVision; the winner of the series has had that opportunity since season two. He has been acting for several years, and last year also made his debut with the Israeli Opera.

Wow, talk about a 180 degree turn in genres from last year. This broad, bordering on operatic ballad is the complete opposite of Netta‘s 2018 winner “Toy” in terms of style. When it comes to content, however, once again the lyrics are about empowerment; this year, it’s about how finding things in life shape who you become, with the songs biggest declaration, “I Am Someone” being the central theme; now that I have found who I am, I can be comfortable with it. At least that’s what I get out of it. And it’s a terrific song, but it might be a little too formal for voters out there…and the video is a bit hokey in places with it’s multiple Kobi’s that remind me a lot of (I am SO sorry) William Shatner‘s utterly terrible “Rocket Man” video…

Israel has had great luck at EuroVision over the years; they have participated 41 times and have now won the Grand Championship four times – in 1978 with “A-Ba-Ni-Bi” by Itzar Cohen, in 1979 with “Hallelujah” by Gail Atari and Milk And Honey, in 1999 with “Diva” by Dana International, and in 2018 with “Toy” by Netta.

Here’s the official music video…enjoy…

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