MEI FINEGOLD SPEAKS TO OIKOTIMES
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – In less then one month, delegations will start to arrive to Copenhagen for the first rehearsals. We had one last chat with Israeli representative, Mei Finegold, before we meet in person and make a video interview. We hope you will enjoy reading it, as much as we did while chatting with Mei.
First I would like to ask you how did you come up your stage name and does it bother you when people mix it up? I’ve noticed that they change Finegold with Feingold.
It is only a name. I am known as Finegold but in the past few years I had changed my name to Nordman, which is my husband’s name. You can mix it up as much as you like as long as you say good things.
People could choose one of three songs for your Eurovision journey. They’ve selected “Same heart”. Was it also your favorite?
I loved all three songs dearly, but I believed that “Same Heart” suited the ESC more than the others. I was thrilled when Same Heart was chosen by the public. I know I will enjoy performing this song on stage.
In the lyrics you say “We don’t beat from the same heart”. Does that line means a bit more to you? Does it describes an old relationship of yours?
I am used to writing my own songs but also, from my experience in musical theatre, when you take a song that someone else wrote and you have to sing it as if it was your own, you always look for the place inside you that connects to the lyrics of the song as if they’re your own. When I sing “same heart”, I feel like I tell someone else’s story, but I do bring my drive into it. It is a story of a powerful woman that confronts her past. She is moving on, stronger than ever. It is empowering. I connect to the spirit of the song. I had to fight many fights in my life, as a human being and as a woman. Singing Same Heart makes me feel confident in who I am and very strong, just as the person I am.
Same heart is written by Rami Talmid. Can you tell something about him?
I don’t know Rami very well personally, but from I do know, he is an extremely talented musician and an amazing person to work with. From the start of the working proses, he was so open minded and positive. I am positively sure he has amazing things coming in life. The sky is the limit for him. I know I would love to work with him again in the future. His last name is Talmid, which means “student” in Hebrew. I think he is an amazing student, don’t you? Ha ha
Your song is a dance pop song with a bit stronger rhythms, so can we expect an energetic performance on Eurovision stage?
You can expect an energetic performance from me on any stage. I am filled with energy pretty much all the time. And the best place to take it all out is on the stage, I feel. Every show I have is usually very energetic, so the answer is a big YES!
You shot your glory in Isreali edition of Pop Idol. Do you think that experience from that show will help you on Eurovision?
What I learned on the show was to perform in front of a camera lance and reach the audience. It is a weird feeling, because I am used to live audiences. I wish the whole of Europe can sit in the audience. That could have been something else. Ha ha..
Last time Israel qualified for the final was in 2010, when HarelSkaat was singing “Milim”. Last year Moran Mazor didn’t qualify even though people in the hall was calling for Israel when the last envelope was about to be opened. Do you think you will qualify? If you do what do you expect to happen in the final?
Truly, I don’t think about it. I can only do the best I can. I concentrate on working hard and hoping it will pay off at the end. Mostly, I try to enjoy everything I do because it is a ones in lifetime experience and always hoping for the best.
Do you have any message for Eurovision fans?
I mostly enjoy the ESC experience because of the ESC fans. I had never experienced so much free love. The fans love you because you are a part of their beloved competition. I love it! Since I experienced it, I am now an official ESC fan.