Can Hovi Star Pull Israel Out of Its Eurovision Rut?

After enjoying early success at the international song contest, Israel hasn't won since 1998. Some blame politics; others blame the songs. Can this year's contestant overcome both?

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Reality television wasn't kind to Hovi Star when he first graced the stage in 2009. The singer, who was 22 at the time, drowned in kitschy gimmicks, and the amount of superfluous vocal trills he added would...