Nadav Guedj will represent Israel in Vienna with “Golden Boy” and we could not be happier about it!
I cannot even begin to tell you how much this song delights us. It is catchy, a bit silly, and wildly entertaining. Plus, before Nadav leaves, he’s gonna show us Tel Aviv! It will be a short tour, though, because as he says, “OK we gotta go. Three minutes. Bye bye!”
“Golden Boy” starts off as a ballad, the way Donna Summer’s “Last Dance” does. Then it kicks in and becomes a pop R&B number. And then the chorus goes all Mediterreanean dance, which ties the intro and the verse together with a tidy golden bow. It is an absolute blast.
Doron Medalie is the creative force behind the song. He is a music insider who sat on last year’s Israeli jury and was previously involved with Israel’s 2008, 2010, and 2013 Eurovision efforts. (In other words, he let Moran Mazor wear that dress.) He wrote the song and lyrics to “Golden Boy” and did a lot of the press when Israel announced their choice. “Golden Boy” is Israel’s first entry to be sung entirely in English, and until we hear otherwise we’ll assume he had a hand in that decision.
Nadav is just 16 years old. I was a bit surprised to see how young he was, but watching the video, I can believe it. He performs with a youthful exuberance and without any sort of self-consciousness. He is incredibly green: he won הכוכב הבא (Rising Star), a talent show in the Idol vein, so there is a good chance the hugeness of Eurovision could overwhelm him. On the other hand, he does have some experienced support behind him thanks to Doron’s involvement. Hopefully Nadav just goes out there and shows as much joy as he does in the video for “Golden Boy.” Then he is going to earn that self-proclaimed title King of Fun.