Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014

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Eurovision Song Contest 2014
Country  Israel
National selection
Selection process Artist: Internal Selection
Song: Kdam Eurovision 2014
Selection date(s) Artist: 11 January 2014
Song: 5 March 2014
Selected entrant Mei Finegold
Selected song "Same Heart"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • Rami Talmid
Finals performance
Semi-final result Failed to qualify
(14th, 19 points)
Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Israel participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Their entry was selected through a combination of an internal selection to select the artist and a national final, Kdam Eurovision 2014, to select the song, organised by the Israeli broadcaster Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA). Mei Finegold represented Israel with the song "Same Heart", written by Rami Talmid. Despite being a favourite to win, the song failed to qualify from the second semi-final, placing 14th with a score of 19 points.

Entry selection[edit]

IBA confirmed Israel's participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 on 10 October 2013.[1] On 4 December 2013, IBA announced that it would conduct an internal selection to select the artist that would represent Israel and a national final to select the song for the artist.[2] A special committee consisting of music industry professionals selected the Israeli artist, while a televised show featuring three songs performed by the selected artist was staged to select the song.

Artist selection[edit]

On 11 January 2014, IBA announced that Mei Finegold was selected as the Israeli representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. The selection committee considered sixteen artists, of which Maya Bouskilla and Ella Doron were highly considered before Finegold was ultimately selected. The members of the committee were Bracha Ofir (retired judge), Izchak Sonnenschein (Head of Israeli Eurovision delegation), Udi Bezalel (delegation member), Moshe Morad (director of 88FM), Tali Katz (Channel 1 music editor), Tal Argaman (music editor at 88FM), Leon Kichler (former vice president of OGAE Israel), Liron Ben-Shimon (musician and producer) and Ofer Shafrir (show director).[3][4]

Kdam Eurovision 2014[edit]

The song that Mei Finegold represented Israel with in Copenhagen was selected through a three-song national final called Kdam Eurovision 2014. IBA opened the public song submission following the announcement of Finegold as the selected artist with the deadline on 28 January 2014.[5] 78 songs were submitted by the public, which were subsequently evaluated by a committee that shortlisted ten songs. Ultimately two of the songs were selected from the public submissions and one song was provided by Finegold for the competition. Mei Finegold filmed videoclips for the three songs which were presented during a presentation show on 27 February 2014. Following the presentation, voting commenced for the three songs. The winning song "Same Heart" was selected solely by the SMS votes from the public and was revealed during a special televised broadcast on 5 March 2014.[6]

Draw Artist Song (English Translation) Music (m) / Lyrics (l) SMS Vote Place
1 Mei Finegold "Same Heart" Rami Talmid (m & l) 55% 1
2 Mei Finegold "Nish'eret iti" (Staying with me) Loren de Paz (m & l), Chen Metzger Eder (m) 40% 2
3 Mei Finegold "Be Proud" Mei Finegold (m & l) 5% 3

At Eurovision[edit]

Mei Finegold at the second semi-final dress rehearsal

Due to the approval from the European Broadcasting Union regarding a request made by the Israeli delegation to avoid complications with a national holiday coinciding with the date of the first semifinal (6 May 2014), Israel competed in the second semi-final on 8 May 2014 for a place in the final on 10 May 2014.[7] During the semi-final allocation draw on 20 January 2014 at the Copenhagen City Hall, Israel was drawn to compete in the first half of the second semi-final.[8] In the second semi-final, the producers of the show decided that Israel would perform 2nd, following Malta and preceding Norway.[9] Israel failed to qualify from the second semi-final, placing 14th in a field of 15 songs with a score of 19 points.

On stage, Mei Finegold was joined by two female dancers: Shiran Lagziel and Marin Termetz.[10] The Israeli performance featured Finegold performing choreography with the two dancers. The stage atmosphere transitioned between red, blue and gold colours and the LED screens project black architectural shapes and designs.[11][12]

In Israel, both the semi-finals and the finals were broadcast with Hebrew subtitles on Channel 1 and with Arabic subtitles on Channel 33.[13] The shows were also broadcast via radio on 88 FM with commentary by Kobi Menora and Yuval Caspin.[14] The Israeli spokesperson revealing the result of the Israeli vote in the final was Ofer Nachson.[15]

Points awarded to Israel[edit]

Points Awarded to Israel (Semi-Final 2)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Televoting points Awarded to Israel (Semi-Final 2)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
11 place 12 place 13 place 14 place 15 place
Jury points Awarded to Israel (Semi-Final 2)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Israel[edit]

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprise the Israeli jury:[16]

  • Moshe Datz – Chairperson – singer and producer, represented Israel in 1991 as part of Duo Datz
  • Chen Aharoni – singer
  • Amir Cohen – producer and radio broadcaster
  • Doron Medalie – director, writer, composer
  • Nikka Bukaee – singer

Semi-final 2[edit]

The Israeli votes in the second semi-final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[17]

Semi-final 2 – Israeli Results
Draw Country M. Datz C. Aharoni A. Cohen D. Medalie N. Bukaee Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Malta 9 13 11 8 12 12 9 12
02  Israel
03  Norway 13 8 12 11 14 13 11 13
04  Georgia 8 14 13 14 10 14 12 14
05  Poland 14 1 14 5 13 10 5 7 4
06  Austria 2 4 2 1 6 2 2 2 10
07  Lithuania 4 9 8 4 9 6 13 11
08  Finland 7 5 9 6 7 7 8 8 3
09  Ireland 12 7 7 13 8 9 10 10 1
10  Belarus 6 12 5 9 2 8 3 4 7
11  Macedonia 1 6 1 2 1 1 14 9 2
12   Switzerland 11 11 10 12 5 11 4 6 5
13  Greece 10 2 6 3 11 5 7 5 6
14  Slovenia 3 10 4 7 4 4 6 3 8
15  Romania 5 3 3 10 3 3 1 1 12

Final[edit]

The Israeli votes in the grand final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[18]

Final – Israeli Results
Draw Country M. Datz C. Aharoni A. Cohen D. Medalie N. Bukaee Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Ukraine 5 8 10 16 10 7 5 6 5
02  Belarus 13 23 11 20 11 17 7 10 1
03  Azerbaijan 7 16 13 14 14 10 16 11
04  Iceland 23 18 25 19 21 24 26 26
05  Norway 22 9 23 15 15 20 20 22
06  Romania 6 10 4 21 4 6 4 3 8
07  Armenia 14 11 15 18 7 11 1 5 6
08  Montenegro 9 13 14 9 17 9 25 19
09  Poland 19 5 20 11 26 18 12 15
10  Greece 17 6 8 5 8 5 14 9 2
11  Austria 2 2 3 1 1 1 2 1 12
12  Germany 24 26 12 25 22 25 24 25
13  Sweden 1 4 1 2 3 2 6 2 10
14  France 25 7 24 24 24 21 19 21
15  Russia 8 24 2 23 9 14 3 8 3
16  Italy 12 20 16 12 12 16 22 20
17  Slovenia 11 19 9 13 13 12 21 18
18  Finland 10 12 22 4 6 8 18 12
19  Spain 3 14 5 3 2 4 11 7 4
20   Switzerland 21 21 17 21 23 22 9 17
21  Hungary 4 1 6 7 5 3 8 4 7
22  Malta 20 22 26 17 20 23 23 24
23  Denmark 16 15 7 8 19 13 17 16
24  Netherlands 18 17 21 10 16 19 10 14
25  San Marino 26 25 19 26 18 26 15 23
26  United Kingdom 15 3 18 6 25 15 13 13

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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