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Mei Finegold represented Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014
Mei Finegold represented Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014
Photo: EBU

Israel: A fiery start for Mei Finegold

Backstage, Mei was in a fabulous mood: she was so excited about getting onto the Eurovision Song Contest stage and performing Same Heart there. She told us that it was her lifelong dream to represent Israel at Europe's Favourite TV show and today her dream was about to come true. 

A self-confessed Eurovision Song Contest fan, she gave little away about her favourite songs saying, "I have at least 20 of them!". 

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She also gave a very special performance of Same Heart after finishing her sound-check, something she said "went perfectly", "with only minor adjustments". 

"Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil"

Backstage, Mei spoke of her two year old daugher, "she knows all the lyrics! Also the English ones and English is her first language". Unfortunately, her daughter will not be joining her in Copenhagen as "there is too much going on and we are just working all the time", said Mei. 

Check out our interview with Mei below:

We also asked her about her tattoos, of which she has nine in total. The one on her neck is a message which says "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil". "This is my motto", Mei told us smiling. 

Passion appears to be the main theme of Mei's performance, something which goes very well with the entire structure and lyrics of Same Heart. Backstage Mei told us, "we are trying to recreate the feeling in our music video", something which can be seen quite clearly. 

From the outset the stage lights up in shades of reds and orange and as the tempo of the song increases, spotlights move quickly around filling the hall. 

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During the verse, however, the stage turns to a blue colour, quickly returning to being fiery before reaching a powerful conclusion. 

On stage, Mei is joined by two backing dancers and although the song is an uptempo number Mei's voice is strong enough to carry the song on its own without any need for backing vocalists. 

A new dress

Mei is wearing a new black dress, which drapes over and down to the right. Her backing dancers are also in black, but wearing leotards. Their presence gives a lot of movement and vibrancy to the song, adding to the already powerful atmosphere created by Mei on her own. 

Projecting onto the stage are what appear to be Asian inspired patterns in black, constrasting well with the blue and red/oranges. 

Israel will take part in the second Semi-Final of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest to be held on the 8th of May at the B&W Hallerne on Refshaleøen in Copenhagen.