What next for this year’s Eurovision finalists?
Israel: Kobi Marimi
Israel was the host country this year having won in 2018 with “Toy” by Netta so of course all eyes were on the host country’s entry and the expectation was for a high finish. This year Israel fielded 27 year old singer Kobi Marimi with the appropriately titled “Home”. Marimi performed fourteenth and gave a stirring performance to his home crowd who were equally appreciative. Sadly, it wasn’t to be. “Home” won no votes at all from the jury and with just 35 points from the tele vote, the song wound up in twenty third place matching the country’s position attained in 2017, prior to their win.
Marimi is a newcomer having made his stage debut in 2017 prior to entering HaKokhav HaBa (Rising Star) which earned him the right to represent Israel at Eurovision in 2019. “Home” was written by Israeli songwriters Ohad Shragai and Inbar Wizman and has reached No.2 on the Israeli singles chart. Some consolation at least. For now Kobi has returned to the stage but his fans will no doubt be waiting to see if he ventures any further into music and returns to the recording studio at any time in the near future.