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Tuesday, 30 April 2013 17:45

Israel: Reviewing the track 'Rak Bishvilo'

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Martin Isherwood from the United Kingdom, Sharon Vaughn from the United States and Stano Simor from the Czech Republic represent diverse music scenes in their respective nations with their contributions duly noted across the year. Their aim in joining this feature is to see what lies beneath each track of this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. The first semi-final along with the three finalist countries voting there have long been concluded as we find ourselves within the middle section of the second semi-final. Attention turns to Israel whose broadcaster, IBA has been drawn in slot number #10 with the producers thinking this position best. The song entitled Rak Bishvilo is co-written by Hen Harari and Gal Sarig whilst the vocalist is none other than Moran Mazor.

"I was born and grew up in Holon a suburb next to Tel Aviv. 40 years ago my parents migrated to Israel from Georgia, my family and myself love the Georgian culture and language. I am the eldest daughter to my parents Nana and Rafi and then came to the world my two little brothers, Eliad and Ohad. At the age of four I started learning classical piano and continued until the age of 18. I always loved to sing but only as a hobby. At the age of 12, I was accepted to the town music trend, and the director discovered the singing talent in me. Since then I took part in all activities of the trend, as pianist and as a singer. At the age of 17 I was accepted to the military band of the Air Force even though I really wanted to study Pharmacology as a reservist. 

After a full year at the military service I went for auditions for the first season of the program "Eyal Golan is calling you" a reality TV show that discovers talents, where I won first place. Then I started working on my first album along with Eyal Golan, and I accompanied him on a special tour across Israel with my original songs. Recently I was chosen to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö and now my first album is coming out which I am very proud of. The last few months were very successful and exciting for me! For me to take part in this amazing Eurovision Song Contest is a dream come true. I am proud to represent Israel and I am sure I will bring honor to my country, family and friends." Moran had to get through the confines of a national selection in order to represent Israel in the upcoming edition of the international showcase.

As a matter of fact, following last years' disappointment with the internal selection of the group Izabo and the track Time, with a specialised committee picking them over the more popular Maya Buskila. Their performance in the semi-final was quite good but nevertheless, the song was not perceived as a qualifier and with thirty-three points stayed in the semi-final. Thus IBA, decided to change the system completely, one which they said will evolve across the next couple of years. The Melodifestivalen like showcase involved three semi-finals and a second chance round along with some controversy following the withdrawal of Kathleen Reiter who was not only the favourite to win but was also perceived as the most popular name in the selection. 

Following her withdrawal just prior to the final, it was Moran was took favour with the judges for her stunning vocal range which has been exhibited time and time again. Israel are hoping to add a fourth victory to their roster noting that the last one was back in 1998 when Dana International came on stage to present her song Diva outwitting the United Kingdom and Malta into second and third place respectively. It was a significant victory because it was also the first year in which tele-voting took precedence. Their other two victories, both consecutive of each other were in 1978 and 1979 with the songs A-Ba-Ni-Bi performed by Izhar Cohen & the Alphabeta and Hallelujah sung by Gali Atari & Milk and Honey.The country will be hoping to return to the final for the first time in three years with the last performer to reach the final being Harel Skaat whose entry Milim also swooped the Marcel Bezencon Awards.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 63%

Martin Isherwood: Only for him? Hard to know what the songs is about without a translation. Sung very well with a very nice strong but sensitive voice. Good moody ballad. Reminds me ever so slightly of 'woman in love' Barbara Streisand. Good strong song and performance but unlikely to do very well.

Sharon Vaughn: Although the artist has an exceptional voice ... this is a case of less would be more. The emotion got lost in the vocal gymnastics.

Stano Simor: Israel is sending a trump kind of entry in this years' international spectacle with Moran who seems to be attracting a male audience with her choice of attire. 'Rak Bishvilo' is a neutral song that should not be criticised. It is not a hit but definitely, with such strong vocals, should qualify and I will keep my fingers crossed for it.


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