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Mei Finegold (2014)
|Birth name||Meital Slonimsky|
|Born||16 December 1982
Rishon LeZion, Israel
|Genres||Soft rock, pop, alternative rock|
Meital Slominsky (Hebrew: מיי פיינגולד, born 16 December 1982), known by her stage name Mei Finegold, also credited as Mei Feingold, is an Israeli singer. Her third-place finish in Kokhav Nolad 7, Israel's version of Pop Idol, launched her career in 2009. Finegold represented Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014.
Finegold was born in 1982 in Rishon LeZion, where she still lives today. Her musical career started in school ceremonies, and she continued by taking singing lessons and learning to sing classical songs. Since her childhood, Finegold used to throw many shows, including night clubs and bars. Since then, Finegold became the lead singer of a band called Disiac. The band participated in Hebrew Labor, a special CD containing covers of old Israeli songs.
Finegold's place in the show was promised since her first audition. The judges were charmed by her and not even a single piece of criticism was given to Finegold.
During the show Finegold kept on the rock line, covering songs mainly from Israel's mid-1980s. She was awarded the performance of the week for five times, two of them in a row. Finegold's performances were as follows:
|Performances and results on Kokhav Nolad|
|Week||Number||Original Performer||Additional information|
|Week 1 (29 June)||"Ale baru'akh" (Leaf in the wind)||Gabi Shushan||Best performance|
|Week 2 (5 July)||"Boogy iti halayla" (Boogy with me tonight)||Gary Eckstein|
|Week 3 (12 July)||"Achinoam lo yodaat" (Achinoam doesn't know)||Arik Einstein||Duet with Daniel Tavori.|
|Week 3 (12 July)||"Nag'a bashamayim" (Touched the sky)||Mashina||Rescue solo. Safe.|
|Week 3 (13 July)||"Emor Shalom" (Say hello)||Chocolate, Menta, Mastik||Ehud Manor special.|
|Week 4 (19 July)||"Femme fatale"||Yuval Banai (org. version Velvet Underground)||Duet with Roni Daloomi.|
|Week 4 (20 July)||"Seder yom" (Daily schedule)||Lahaka Retorit||Best performance.|
|Week 5 (26 July)||"Red me'al masakh hatelevizia sheli" (Get off my TV screen)||Rami Fortis||Duet with Hovi Sekulets.|
|Week 5 (27 July)||"She'eriot shel hakhayim" (Life's leftovers)||The Idan Raichel Project||Best performance.|
|Week 6 (4 August)||"Metukim" (Sweeties)||Shlomi Shabat|
|Week 6 (4 August)||"Tamid Isha" (Always a Woman)||Pnina Rosenblum|
|Week 7 (11 August)||"En Od Yom" (There's No Other Day)||Gidi Gov||Best performance.|
|Week 7 (11 August)||"Ella" (Ella/Goddess)||HaYehudim|
|Week 8 (18 August)||"VeDavid Yafe Einaim" (And David has beautiful eyes)||Duet with Roni Daloomi|
|Week 8 (18 August)||"HaLayla Levad" (Tonight Alone)||Duet with Re'em Cohen|
|Week 8 (18 August)||"Hofshia" (Free)||Sarit Hadad|
|Week 8 (19 August)||"Mexico"||Aviv Geffen|
|Week 8 (19 August)||"Sof Haolam" (The End of the World)||Aviv Geffen||Best Performance|
|Week 9 – Semi-final (26 August)||"BaGilgul Haze" (In this age)||Shalom Hanoch|
|Week 9 – Semi-final (26 August)||"Hallellujah"||Leonard Cohen|
|Week 10 – Final (30 August)||"Tahzor, Tahzor" (Come Back, Come Back)||Mashina|
|Week 10 – Final (30 August)||"Ta'am Menta" (Menta Taste)||Original composition|
Eurovision Song Contest 2014
In January it was revealed that Finegold had been internally selected by the Israeli broadcaster, IBA, to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was announced on 5 March, that she would sing "Same Heart" for Israel. Finegold competed in the second semi-final of the competition, placing 14th and scoring 19 points, ultimately failing to qualify to the final. To date Mei Finegold is the last Israeli Eurovision artist not to qualify to the final.
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