Who is Idan Matalon ?
Idan Matalon is 23 yo boy that moved from Gan Yavne villige to the big city (AKA Tel Aviv) 2 years ago. While I enjoy the Tel Aviv Nightlife, during the day I work in education with teenagers from Bat Yam, a city south of Tel Aviv.
You are known for your Lip-Syncs, please explain what they are…
I basically create my own rendition of famous clips with Tel Aviv (in most cases) as a background. The Music is the same, but the background is original with me Lip Singing. My latest clip is a Lip-Sync of “Stay” by Tooji who will represent Norway at the next Eurovision
You became an overnight Youtube sensation, did you expect that ?
I never Expected all the attention … even now I dont feel it…it feels virtual, not real. One day I decided to make a video as a hobby and of course, like anyone would, I uploaded it to youtube to get feedback as an artist…but never thought it would become so big!
You’ve become somewhat of an icon within the online Gay community, how do you feel about that ?
wow…” icon within the online Gay community”…sounds awesome. haha now seriously – It’s great for the ego. In Israel, the gay community is taking over the media, from hosts in reality shows, to music and dance and of course, YouTube sensations lol- it helps me GROW! Many people from the community are very excited to participate in my projects…so its Win-Win!
You were featured in TETU, how was that ?
It was freaking awesome being in TETU (as the face of MyGayTrip)
I’m working on a new video in Paris next week…The first thing I will do when I arrive is look for a copy of TETU, open it and then it will all become more real.
Tel Aviv’s reputation as an LGBTQ destination is at its all time high, do you think Social Media is partly responsible?
I’m sure that Social Media is partly responsible for Tel Aviv’s reputation! I can see it from the letters that people around the world send me all the time…they keeping saying “I just search for the song of lady gaga and found your video… I never thought Tel Aviv was such cool/tolerant place… I want to go there… seems like a fun place with beautiful people ”
Actually I think that Most people do not intentionally look for “Israel” on Google or YouTube … and the fact that through popular songs and singers they are suddenly/unintentionally exposed Israel (not Gaza, and rockets and soldiers like you would see on CNN) – My project is a great way to showcase the real Israel.
We’ve noticed more and more Professional photos of you, are you considering modelling?
hahaha not modeling… but I think that these pictures are good way to build the ‘Idan’ brand. I would like to become a spokesperson for different brands through my productions. Product placement is something I am interested in, I think my videos are a great way for brands to sell their products.
(Photos by Shay Galanti)
Boxers or Briefs? Boxers
First Kiss ? Rather not talk about it lol
Beyonce or Rihanna ? Beyonce of course
Enrique or Adam Levine ? Enrique
What are you favorite spots in Tel Aviv ? What would you recommend to Tourists coming for Pride ?
Ben Gurion Roads
My recommendation for Pride:
EVITA BAR – Wednesday night. I promote a party with Barak Krips called “KEN-TLV” – It’s a new line – HipHop&Dance Music all NIGHT! and of couse I recommend BigBoys Party and take some sun in Hilton Beach
What are you plans for the future ?
For the future – I wanna be the one who changes the Rules of Israeli and European Media. I want to show people that you can succeed without selling out to the world of television…I believe that when you’re doing creative things in your own way – your Passion is a lot more prevalant …not just a fake smile. So that’s MY big Dream…to be a spokesperson for Brands and to stay the same….(Innocent)
And of course, Does Size Matter ? (in relations to Israel of course)
SIZE DOESN’T MATTER!!!!!! and as Israel..I’m little too…just 1.65 m….
Opening the event Ambassador of Israel Dr. Hillel Newman said that the fashion show were devoted to Uzbek women and coming holiday Navruz.
“Inspired by combining the old with the new as well as employing exceptional color combinations, Michal Negrin personally designs every piece of jewelry, clothing, and home decor that carries her name. She uses a variety of techniques to craft her pieces and believes in blending styles, designs, and colors to create a world of magic, romance, and vintage style, the Embassy of Israel in Tashkent said.
Michal’s unique style has generated a positive impact and is captivating people around the world. Her designs attract various media and other public figures including celebrities and talk show hosts.
In the past twenty years, the Michal Negrin brand has expanded into new categories and has opened dozens of points of sale and concept stores across Israel and throughout world.”
The Agriculture Ministry announced it is forming a new department to focus on ecoagriculture.
“Forming the new department symbolizes that new direction Israeli agriculture will take in years to come,” Agriculture Minister Orit Noked.
She added the decision “reflects the ministry’s multidisciplinary approach, which constantly strives to find the best way to combine the needs of modern agriculture with natural and social resources.”
The new department’s mission statement is to determine the damage caused to natural resources as a byproduct of using fertilizers and feticides, as well as devise alternative ways to preserve agricultural resources such as land and water, while maintaining biodiversity.
The Agriculture Ministry’s Ecoagriculture Department will also promote the ministry’s guidelines on agro-preservation.
The new department will also offer training for farmers on how to make the move to and sustain ecoagriculture practices.
Another aspect of the new department’s operations will be to follow agricultural trends and meeting any challenges the changing markets’ demands may pose.
Izabo, the band that will represent Israel at the Eurovision singing competition in Azerbaijan next month, can rest easy; despite the tension reported in the country recently, an Israeli DJ has tested the ground in the capital, Baku, during a surprise visit.
DJ Winnie Pootz, 32, also know as Inbar Russo, is perhaps the hottest name in Israel’s DJ scene, and can often be found performing at Tel Aviv clubs. But last week she got to spin her tracks at Club Hezz, one of the only three large clubs that operate in Baku.
The party organizers, who contacted her on Facebook, said they wanted to create a buzz around the capital ahead of the Eurovision. So they invited her to play.
Russo admitted she had concerns about traveling to the Eurasian country.
“I didn’t know anything about the place,” she recalled. “I imagined sheep walking down the streets. Also, Azerbaijan is often in the news. It’s a Muslim country that is located near Iran, so I was definitely worried. But what we discovered there was insane. They are trying really hard. They hid the sheep.
“Baku is very impressive,” she added. “To me, it looked like a cross between Jerusalem and Europe. I also saw a country that is getting ready for an important event, and is constantly under construction. But still, my manager Gilad Goldstein and I were sure we’ll find ourselves in an episode of ‘Homeland.’”
But any misgivings Russo may have had dissipated once she arrived at the party. The event celebrated Israel – even the bartenders wore T-shirts adroned with the Jewish state’s flag.
“I couldn’t believe my eyes. (…) We were received with so much warmth and love. But nothing prepared me to see someone smiling at me from the crowd and yelling ‘Shema Yisrael,’” she said, referring to the opening of one of Judaism’s most iconic prayers.
It turns out, a small group of Israelis residing in Baku were in the audience.
“The warm welcome was touching,” Russo said. “As Israelis, we often feel that were are under scrutiny. When people wear our flag and support us, especially in a Muslim country that shares a border with Iran, it shows that art and music is above all else, and that’s what’s important.”