HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion or in English The Next Star for Eurovision is a television competition run to determine who will represent Israel for Eurovision. This season started in Late November 2018 and finished on the 12th of February 2019. This season saw 36 episodes of the TV show to decide who would represent Eurovision in 2019. The 100 plus hopefuls were reduced down to just 4 in the final Episode.
The judges are the usual suspects of Next Star for Eurovision and include;
Shiri Maimon – who is returning this year from New York where she was lead in Chicago the musical
Assaf Amdursky – Singer, Songwriter and producer
Keren Peles – Singer and Song Writer
Harel Skaat - Who represented Israel in Oslo 2010
Static and Ben El Tavori – Israeli Pop Duo (their votes are counted as one)
The format of the show is stars stand behind a screen performing their hit. The audience votes as well as the judges (judges can add 8% to their score). The contestant with the highest scores goes through to the next round.
I have included a few of the winner’s (Kobi Marmi) performance over the series from the TV shows website. I found it very was evident early on that his musical style was quite unique. Several of his performances he made his own by singing the song in his key which was really quite spectacular.
Diamonds 48% 28th January 2019 (not his best performance) and he got eliminated but then asked back by the judges (No video for this one)
There was another participant that withdrew. The reason was due to the Eurovision Song Contest, particularly the Grand Final Jury and Grand Final, being held on Friday and Saturday. The band observes the Shabbat which means you cannot engage in deliberate activity or use of electricity.
Shalva presented Here comes the sun by the Beatles.
Shalva is a musical group of people with special needs and disabilities. This is not the last we have seen of them; all reports indicate they will be performing as guests at the Eurovision Song Contest.
The Final Consisted of;
First Semi Final
Ketrehya - Locked out of Heaven, Bruno Mars - 68%
Shefita - I did it my way - 65%
Maya - Euphoria - 54%
Kobi - Always, Bon Jovi - 79%
Second Semi Final
Shefita - Broken - 165 Points
Kobi - Let it be - 215 Points
Ketrehya - Impossible - 160 points
Here are his two performances
Kobi will sing the song Home at Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv.