Nadav Guedj

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Nadav Guedj
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Guedj in 2015
Background information
Born (1998-11-02) 2 November 1998 (age 20)
Paris, France
OriginNetanya, Israel
GenresPop, R&B
Occupation(s)Singer
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2015-present

Nadav Guedj (Hebrew: נדב גדג'; born 2 November 1998) is an Israeli singer who represented Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. He is the winner of season two of HaKokhav HaBa (Israel's Rising Star).[1] Guedj was born in Paris.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Guedj lives in Natanya, Israel. In 2016, he enlisted in the Israeli Army.

Musical career[edit]

2014: HaKokhav HaBa[edit]

Nadav entered the second season HaKokhav HaBa, the Israeli national selections for Eurovision Song Contest 2015 where he became one of the sixteen finalists. He is the youngest participant of the contest's second season, just turning sixteen when turned up for the first audition day. He sang "Russian Roulette" by Rihanna for his first audition and Stevie Wonder's "Lately" for the second audition.[3]

In the second round of the contest proper, Nadav performed "Halo" by Beyoncé.[4] He advanced to the semi-finals of the contest along with six other contestants where he performed "Mirrors" by Justin Timberlake.[5] He then reached the finals of the contest with four other contestants after performing "Locked Out of Heaven" by Bruno Mars in a duets battle against fellow contestant Orit Biansay.[6] Nadav then won HaKokhav HaBa with his performance of Beyoncé's "Halo" on 17 February 2015.

2015–16: Eurovision Song Contest and Debut album[edit]

With his title win HaKokhav HaBa, Guedj qualified to become Israel's entrant to the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.[7] On 26 February 2015, it was announced that he would be singing Golden Boy at the Eurovision.[8]

On 12 March 2015, Golden Boy was released and is Israel's first entry to the contest that's entirely sung in English.[9][10]

On 21 May 2015, Nadav performed in the Eurovision song contest's second Semi-final in Vienna and he has successfully made Israel reach the final for the first time in five years. At the Final on 23 May, he finished 9th overall with 97 points. The postcards – short video clips introducing the participants – of this year's contest witness the slogan "Building Bridges". Each of the clips start with every contestant receiving an invitation to Austria in their home country. The story continues with the contestants making their way to one of Austria's nine states where they have an individual task to fulfill.[11]

Nadav's postcard was filmed on location in Tel Aviv and the renowned skiing resort Lech am Arlberg in Vorarlberg, where Guedj is seen spray painting a gondola lift with the Austrian cartoon artist and musician Bernd Püribauer.[12][13][14]

After the contest, Nadav's music video for his Coca-Cola-endorsed Song "Summer Together", Again written by Medalie, for the "Coca Cola Summer Love" events in Israel, has been released on 8 August. On 19 August 2015, he released the single "Good Vibes", he wrote the song with Ruby Feier. On 1 December 2015, he released the single "Jump". On 2 March 2016 he released the single "Make You Mine". On 15 May 2016 he released the single "Hold the City". He released his debut self-studio album on 25 May 2016.[citation needed]

Artistry[edit]

Musical influences[edit]

Nadav frequently listens to music of the RnB, pop, soul & hip hop genres and cites Pharrell Williams, Usher, Beyoncé, Chris Brown, Maroon 5, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland and others as his favorite artists. He is hailed in his home country as the "Israeli Justin Timberlake" because of the similarity of his musical style, but he describes himself as "simple and regular Nadav".[15]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details Notes
Nadav Guedj
  • Released: 25 May 2016
  • Label: Unicell
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
ISR
[16]
AUT
[17]
BEL
(FL)

[18]
FRA
[19]
GER
[20]
SWE
[21]
SWI
[22]
UK
[23]
"Golden Boy" 2015 1 14 36 178 45 54 54 169 Nadav Guedj
"Good Vibes" 1
"Jump" 3
"Make You Mine" 2016
"Hold The City"
"Elle M'rend Fou" 7
"—" denotes release that did not chart or was not released.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Storvik-Green, Simon (17 February 2015). "Nadav Guedj wins Israeli ticket to Vienna!". Eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Kavaler, Ron (15 January 2015). "Israel: 16 Artists Make the Finals of "The Next Star"". wiwibloggs.com. Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  4. ^ Kavaler, Ron (21 January 2015). "Israel: 10 artists left in "The Next Star"". wiwibloggs.com. Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  5. ^ Kavaler, Ron (5 February 2015). "Israel: Six advance to the semi-final of "The Next Star", Nava Tehila Walker sent home". wiwibloggs.com. Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  6. ^ Kavaler, Ron (9 February 2015). "Israel: Four acts reach the final of "The Next Star"". wiwibloggs.com. Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  7. ^ Kavaler, Ron (17 February 2015). "Israel: Nadav Guedj wins "The Next Star", will sing at Eurovision". wiwibloggs.com. Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  8. ^ Kavaler, Ron (26 February 2015). "Israel: Nadav Guedj will sing "Golden Boy" at Eurovision 2015". wiwibloggs.com. Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  9. ^ Kavaler, Ron (12 March 2015). "Israel: Nadav Guedj reveals "Golden Boy"". wiwibloggs.com. Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  10. ^ Kavaler, Ron (12 March 2015). ""Golden Boy" lyrics - Nadav Guedj (Israel)". wiwibloggs.com. Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  11. ^ Siim, Jarmo (11 March 2015). "How will Eurovision 2015 introduce the entries?". Eurovision.tv. EBU. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Gipfelsturm, Opernball und eine Reise zum Mond". songcontest.orf.at. ORF. 22 May 2015. Archived from the original on 25 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Postcard of Israel (2015 Eurovision Song Contest)". www.youtube.com/user/eurovision. Eurovision Song Contest. 21 May 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  14. ^ "Eurovision 2015 - Nadav Guedj (Israel): Bio". esckaz.com. ESKAZ. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  15. ^ Kavaler, Ron (16 February 2015). "Nadav Guedj interview: I'm not Justin Timberlake, I'm just regular Nadav". wiwibloggs.com. Wiwibloggs. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  16. ^ Peak positions for singles on the Israeli Airplay chart:
  17. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Nadav Guedj". Austrian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  18. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Nadav Guedj". Flanders Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  19. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Nadav Guedj". French Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  20. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie Nadav Guedj". German Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  21. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Nadav Guedj". Swedish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  22. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Nadav Guedj". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  23. ^ Peak positions in the United Kingdom:

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Evyatar Korkus
HaKokhav HaBa winner
2015
Succeeded by
Hovi Star
Preceded by
Mei Finegold
with "Same Heart"
Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest
2015
Succeeded by
Hovi Star
with "Made of Stars"