Shir & Tim for Israel!
Shira Frieman and TimoTi Sannikov will represent Israel in the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest! They will form a duet known as “Shir & Tim” and will sing ‘Follow my Heart’ (that sounds like an upbeat ballad, perhaps?). The song was written by Noam Horev (who also wrote ESC 2010 Israel ‘Milim’). The composer was Dor Daniel. The music video should be released in the next two weeks.
Auditions to find Israel’s representative in the 2016 Junior Eurovision Song Contest were held in October. Participants were scouted from various youth groups, competitions and stage schools.
About the duo:
Shira is 13 years old from Atzmon-Segev. She likes singing, dancing & acting and has taken part in many film courses. She also plays the saxophone and does jazz dancing. A year ago, Shira participated in the third season of Israel’s prime time TV singing competition for children – Music School, where she worked with various singers and composers, and played with some of Israel’s best musicians. “While participating in the show I learned I am able to face even difficult challenges, and always stick to what I think is true” she says.
Following her appearance on the show, Shira was casted into quite a few stage productions such as Musical Festival in Bat-Yam, tribute shows to the late Ofra Haza and Uzi Chitman, and The Ladino Festival. Shira also gives her voice in dubbing work, such as in the Hebrew version of Disney’s Finding Dory.
Shira especially loves Israeli music, and enjoys listening to classics such as Hava Alberstein, Arik Einstein and Shlomi Shabat. “I actually don’t know what I’ll do when I grow up, but I’m sure music will always be part of me.”
Tim is 13 years old from Bat Yam. He’s an 8th grade student at the Israeli-French school Mikve Israel. In addition to Hebrew and French, he speaks Russian and English and can sing in 8 different languages. From a very young age, TimoTi’s been learning to play the piano and the organ. He writes and composes songs, takes professional voice lessons since the age of 7, and takes dance lessons in various genres – breakdance, classic, freestyle and tap dancing. TimoTi has participated in various local performances and competitions in the past several years such as Being A Star and Family Performance on Channel 24 and international competitions such New Wave Junior, Slavic Bazaar and other international festivals in Italy, France, Czech Republic and Latvia. TimoTi is part of the live team of Ukraine’s The Voice Kids third season broadcasted these days.
As of June 2016, TimoTi is part of the cast of the Israeli rendition of the musical Billy Elliot. He plays the character of Billy’s best friend, Michael. The rehearsals took about 10 months, and the show is a huge commercial hit in Israel. TimoTi is awarded praises and applause every night.
Besides the performing arts, TimoTi enjoys playing soccer, swimming, climbing walls and going on family trips. “But most of all I love to sing and dance, be on stage and entertain the crowd in front of me.”