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Israel’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

April 28, 2016


Those aren’t stars.  Those are drones.

Every year there is a debate about why Israel is counted as part of Europe.  This debate becomes part of other debates.  But Australia is back this year again for some reason (we had thought that was going to be a one-off joke) and Australia isn’t technically in Europe either.  Israel is further west than Armenia or Azerbaijan – whose European credentials derive from proximity to Russia and former membership of a superpower that dominated much of Europe.  And Morocco used to take part.  Based on…?

Here is the video, which is set, like last year’s Israeli video, in Tel Aviv – a Mediterranean city that faces west.

Now I’m sorry – those aren’t stars.  Those are drones. Now Hovi Star seems like a nice guy.  He has an endearing Boy George look and when he speaks in interviews about wanting to bring love and peace to the world, I can’t help but believe him.  But those things he’s waving at, that he feels part of… drones.  Trust me.

Everyone wants to wish upon a star, but – as Billy Bragg memorably pleaded…

I saw two shooting stars last night
I wished on them but they were only satellites
Is it wrong to wish on space hardware
I wish, I wish, I wish you’d care.

We are indeed made of stars as Hovi says.  And the insurgent hippy within me wants to join him in proclaiming the great truth that we are all made of starlight and to starlight we must return.  I love this.  I think I love Hovi just a bit.  However, if he thinks those hovering lights in the sky are actually stars then he’s about to receive an awakening as rude as that befell those rooftop hippies in Independence Day.

Those aren’t stars, Hovi.  They are drones.  And they look as though they’re about to open fire on you.

You might prefer this GameofThronesy offering from Switzerland

Here, on the other hand, is Poland.

And here’s cheery Latvia,

Someone else who doesn’t look cross at all is Malta’s representative  –

Meanwhile, I found Bosnia and Herzegovina somewhat intriguing this year – see below…

More interesting than Montenegro, anyhow

Far, far more conventional is Azerbaijan

More chillingly, here is Estonia

But here, by way of some (but not much) relief is Cyprus

On a lighter note, see the Czech Republic’s offering…

And Russia…

San Marino – folks…

Meanwhile, here’s the Netherlands…

And Croatia

And Hungary

And Moldova

And Greece

Greece’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

And Finland

Finland’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

Here’s Austria by the way…

Austria’s 2016 Eurovision Entry

Here’s Armenia

Armenia’s 2016 Eurovision Entry


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