Artist Profile: Israel 2019 – Kobi Marimi

Israel 2019
Photo by: Ronen Akerman

This year, Israel is represented by Kobi Marimi. Kobi was born on 8th of October 1991 in Ramat Gan and his family is from Iraqi-Jewish descent. Before he became famous, Kobi worked as a host in a pub and as a cashier at a movie theatre.

After graduating from school he pursued his dream about becoming an actor. He took acting lessons for three years. He started singing at the age of the 13, however, he hadn’t had much experience with it until his participation in Rising Star – Israel’s national selection.

From Rising Star, Kobi gained a lot of fame and attention, mostly about his unique vocals. In the show, he was eliminated on the 4th heat, although he returned to the reality as a wild card, two episodes before the final. In the final’s night, Kobi won both the juries and public votes and won the contest.

His entry “Home” has been written for himself and talks about his own life’s difficulties. The song is composed by Ohad Shargai and Inbar Weitzman.

Israel is this year’s host nation and therefore is a prequalified country. In the night of the big Final it Israel has been allocated to perform 14th. Moreover, Israelis can vote in the first semifinal.

What do you think about the song? Is it going to give the country its fifth win? Write your thoughts on the comment box below.

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