40 countries will be taking part in the 60th Eurovision Song Contest which will be held in Vienna on 19, 21 and 23 May. The next country to be introduced is Israel. Singing for Israel this year is Nadav Guedj.
Artist – Nadav Guedj
Song – Golden boy
Composer – Doron Madalie
Writer – Doron Madalie
Event – Semi-final 2
Position – 9
Nadav Guedj is one of the young singers in this year’s contest. He was born 2 November 1998 and so will be sixteen years, six months and nineteen days old on the day of the second semi-final.
He is a French-Israeli singer. The city of his birth was Paris but he was only three years old when the family moved to Israel. As he is still in his mid teens he is studying but his passion for music is strong. He sings, dances and plays the drums. His sights are set on something in the entertainment business but with his music talents and his aspiring acting bug his career is not yet defined.
Nadav’s musical taste is mainly RnB, pop, soul & hip hop. He is a fan of Usher, Maroon 5, Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake amongst many others.
His path to the Eurovision Song Contest was through the second season of the Israeli competition for new talent, HaKokhav HaBa or The Next Star. One of the judges was Harel Skaat who was his country’s entrant at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 and came fourteenth with the song Milim.
Artists went through a series of auditions, followed by one with the judges and then a duel. On the show Nadav’s songs included ones from Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars. For his final, and winning, performance he sang Beyoncé’s Halo.
Shortly afterwards a committee was set up to decide the Eurovision entry. It was written by Doron Medalie, a composer behind many Israeli hits. Doron has also directed some of the Israeli entries at Eurovision in recent years. In an interview Doron is quoted as saying that the song was written to fit Nadav.