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Olivier Rocher from France
In their national final, Israelis had THE song that could have won Eurovision 2016 in my opinion. “Somebody Out There” was my absolute favourite, but Hovi Star was preferred. “Made Of Stars” was a very average song, and had to be much revamped to become a quite decent ballad. Last year Israel woke us up in Vienna, but this year, some will find it hard not to fall asleep with this lullaby. It’s classy, but quite slow. The instrumental part is brilliant and if well delivered (which is more that certain), the song could qualify as being THE “big anthemic ballad” of the year.
Andreas Athanasiou from Greece
Israel is one of my favourite Eurovision country and usually my favourite ESC countries have poor results. This year’s israeli song is my least favourite compared to 2013,2014 and 2015. I liked the first version of the song but the revamp really made it better -revamps usually fail- and it’s so pleasant to listen to it but I unfortunately think it’s a filler song and will not make it to the final. Hovi Star’s voice… LOVE IT!
Fred Medeiros from United Kingdom
Who could forget the Israeli entry “Golden Boy” from last year which equaled Israel’s best placing in the last ten years of ninth place. Surely IBA would want capitalize on their success as they hadn’t qualified from the semifinals for the last 4 years. Of course means we have the same song writer of Golden Boy, Doron Medalie, with Made of Stars but the songs couldn’t be more different. Made of Stars is a ballad tying to be meaningful and dramatic but ends up being a repetitive anticlimactic monosyllabic mess. Hovi Star chosen but the public can certainly sing but he needs a better song to qualify.
*oikopanel is consisted of Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece), Morten Kaiser (Denmark), Jaime Solloso (Spain), Olivier Rocher (France), Victor Cruz Lafuente (Spain), Luka Popovic (Serbia), Alenka Alexandrovic (Switzerland) and Andreas Athanasiou (Greece)