Presenting the entries: Israel

Mei Finegold promo


Composer: Rami Talmid

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Selection format

In 2013, IBA organized a large scale KDAM with 30 acts competing. In November, reports claimed that the broadcaster would go for internal selection because of the budget. This was indeed confirmed and IBA’s selection committee started looking for the country’s next representative. In January, the broadcaster announced that they had chosen Mei Finegold and that her song would be chosen by the audience. Willing songwriters could submit their works for the singer and eventually three songs were picked. One of them was written by Mei herself.

The songs were premiered February 27th together with video clips. On the same day, SMS voting started and it was open for one week. The results were announced March 5th and it was clear that ‘Same Heart’ was the song for Mei.

Mei Finegold

Finegold’s, 31, breakthrough happened in 2009 when she finished third in Israeli talent competition ‘Kokhav Nolad′. Before that she had gained experience with her band ‘Disiac’ performing around Israel. In 2010 Mei released her debut solo album and starred a musical. The next year she gave birth to her daughter and was the lead singer of an electronic pop rock group. In 2012 she was again invited to participate another musical production and for that role she received the ‘Best Supporting Actress Of The Year’ -award.