Country
🇮🇱 Israel
Grand Final
Finished 23rd
Song
Home
Written by
Inbar Wizman, Ohad Shragai
Composed by
Inbar Wizman, Ohad Shragai
Broadcaster
Israeli Public Broadcasting Service

The 27-year-old Kobi Marimi will represent Israel at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. Kobi was born in Ramat Gan, Israel and started singing at the age of 13. After graduating from high school, majoring in theatre, he followed his passion for the stage and studied in an acting studio, for 3 years trying to build the confidence he felt he was lacking. He got much more than that; Kobi lost more than 50 kilos, starred in several plays and even won a 'Promise of the Year' award for his achievements.

Even though Kobi pursued acting growing up, Kobi had no real professional music experience until he decided to participate and compete in the hit reality show Rising Star. Throughout the show, Kobi gained more and more public attention for his unique style and vocal capabilities, which ended with him reaching the finals, winning this year's competition and along with it, the chance to represent Israel at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv.

Since he became the Israeli representative, Kobi has become the nation's sweetheart. His soulful singing has brought him 'home', which is the title of his participating song. The song was written especially for him, bringing his personal story and struggles to the stage.

Lyrics of Home

Caught up in this moment 'til my heartbeat stops I've been running barefoot to the mountain tops Nothing comes as easy as it goes I can hug the water when it snows I feel the sun upon my skin And I am someone, I am someone You pulled my heart, I took it in It made me someone, I am someone And now I'm done, I'm coming home I used to listen to the way they talk Counting down the minutes from the ticking clock I feel the sun upon my skin And I am someone, I am someone You pulled my heart, I took it in It made me someone, I am someone And now I'm done, I'm coming… Home was so far, Collecting scars, I refuse Another touch won't be another bruise I feel the sun upon my skin And I am someone, I am someone You pulled my heart, I took it in It made me someone, I am someone I'm standing tall not giving in Cause I am someone, I am someone And now I'm done, I'm coming home

Updates about Kobi Marimi

France, Israel, Spain (Eurovision 2019)

Watch now: Full Eurovision 2019 performances France, Israel and Spain

1 year ago

Round two of rehearsals complete for the 'Big Five' and Israel

1 year ago
United Kingdom 2019 first rehearsal

Exclusive review of Big 5 and Israel's first Eurovision 2019 rehearsals

1 year ago
Israel 2019 first rehearsal

Kobi is 'Home' for first rehearsal in Tel Aviv

1 year ago