Although this is Imri Ziv’s first time as lead artist for Eurovision, he has also represented Israel in 2015 and 2016 as backing singer for Nadav Guedj and Hovi Star. It really makes you wonder why they have kept such a gem hidden in the background for so long when he is fully capable of taking centre stage and winning over Eurovision audiences world wide.
Imri won the Israeli national selection show Israel’s Rising Star and soon after released his Eurovision song ‘I Feel Alive’ charming his home audience with his dashing good looks, quality vocals and impressive dance moves.
The song does exactly what its name suggests. It is a fantastically upbeat floor filler with a super catchy chorus that celebrates being alive. The recurring lyrics echo the words ‘alive’ throughout the chorus and bridge. In terms of instruments there is an Middle Eastern influence with pipes about two thirds of the way through that should appeal to eastern European nations, as well as EDM drums and vocal alterations that help give it a wider western appeal.
The lyrics to the song detail Imri’s heartbreak after a failed relationship and how they have broken him to pieces: ‘Breaking me to pieces/I wanted you to know that every piece broke from you’. However, he fondly looks back on this relationship and remarks how he was able to rebuild himself afterwards and how he never gave up hope.
Meanwhile the video comments on Imri’s Eurovision past, showing him at a bar watching his past performances at Eurovision 2015 and 2016. The video then descends into a full scale beach party with Imri joining his mates to dance around in the sun and show off Israel’s sandy havens.
My Ranking: 2nd
My Prediction: 6th in the Final