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Israel Releases Official Eurovision Song Nominee, Kobi Marimi's 'Home'

Unlike last year's 'Toy,' a fast-paced pop song, Israel's 2019 nominee is a ballad

Kobi Marimi in his new video clip for 'Home'
Screengrab from official music video

Israel released Sunday Kobi Marimi's "Home," the song that will represent it in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Tel Aviv in May.

The 27-year-old Marimi was elected in February, winning the honor after coming in first place in the reality television show "The Next Star." 

Official music clip for 'Home'

Unlike last year's "Toy," a fast-paced pop song, Israel's 2019 nominee is a ballad.

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The song was written and composed by Ohad Shargai and Inbar Weitzman, both previous contenders on Israeli reality shows. 

Two hundred songs were submitted to the selection committee, including ones written by well-known Israeli musicians such as Keren Peles and Shiri Maimon. Doron Madali, the man behind "Toy," last year's sensation which won Israel the song contest, did not submit a song this year.

Marimi will perform the selected song on May 18 in the Eurovision finals, which Israel automatically qualifies for since it won last year's contest, granting the country hosting rights.