Robbie Williams and Noga Erez back before hosting Erez at Williams' performance at Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park, May 31, 2023 (Nir Yahav)
Musician Robbie Williams held a sound check today (Wednesday) at Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park, ahead of the concert he will hold there tomorrow. In this context, he met with Noga Erez and it was finally announced that they would sing together and also revealed what the song would be - "Kids", which Williams originally performed with Kylie Minogue. The two rehearsed the song (watch the video above). In addition, Erez taught Williams some slang words in Hebrew - cool, fun and great (watch - below).
After Williams became enthusiastic about Erez and expressed a desire to collaborate with her, on Monday he officially announced that he would host her at his concert. Six months ago, the popular British singer posted on his Twitter page the song "Nails" by the international Israeli musician and wrote: "Could this woman be the next big thing? Asking for a friend." Many commented on the page, including Noga Erez herself, who wrote: "Hey Ruby, this woman loves you!" At the same time, she retweeted what Williams had tweeted, writing: "What just happened here?!"
Noga Erez teaches Robbie Williams slang words in Hebrew
Noga Erez teaches Robbie Williams slang words in Hebrew during a rehearsal before hosting Erez at Williams' performance at Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park, May 31, 2023 (Nir Yahav)
Robbie Williams and Noga Erez back before hosting Erez at Williams' performance at Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park (Photo: Walla!, Nir Yahav)
Yesterday, at a press conference held by Williams at a hotel in Tel Aviv, the singer said: "I am a huge fan of Noga Erez. I'm meeting with her tomorrow and we'll see if Noga Erez will be on stage or not. Venus has a lot to do and it depends on whether she wants to or not. Say hello to her and her partner. Noga makes me feel like a 15-year-old with excitement. When I see her, I want to be like her. I want to create like her and perform like her. I have great respect for all her talents."
Robbie Williams and Noga Erez (Photo: Walla!, Amit Slonim)
Robbie Williams and Noga Erez (Photo: Walla!, Nir Yahav)
At the press conference, we reminded Williams that after his previous performance in Israel, eight years ago, he complained about the Israeli audience, writing on his official website: "I was pretty good. To be honest, I expected more from the crowd," adding, "You guys at the front were good. The crowd at the back was mediocre." In answer to this mention and to the question of Walla! Culture What are his expectations of the Israeli audience This time, Williams told us: "To be honest with you, people reflect their own problems sometimes and I reflected my own problems back then. I had a great time last time. The thing is, when you come to a place like Israel, there are crazy expectations about what it is and what it is not. It's a special place that deserves special things to happen, probably more than any shows I've done elsewhere. So my expectations last time were sky-high. Today I feel like I'm a more complete entertainer, approaching 50, and I think I know what I'm doing now. I believe both the audience and I are going to experience something big."
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In the video: Robbie Williams, press conference in Israel, May 30, 2023 (Sagi Ben-Nun)
Before meeting with reporters yesterday, Williams made a request not to direct political questions to him, later telling reporters himself: "I'm afraid of being exploited for the narrative. You can't say anything because there are two sides, two narratives. I'm here to perform in front of people and I'm very happy to be here."
Williams' show in Israel will be preceded by other shows - Callum Scott will take the stage at Yarkon Park at 17:30 p.m., Static will take it at 18 p.m. and Martin Garrix at 00 p.m. Williams is expected to take the stage in Tel Aviv at nine o'clock.
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