Israel: New season of ‘The Next Star’ kicks off on January 2nd

The 2017 edition of The Next Star of Eurovision will kick off on the 2nd January. Israel has used this talent show the last two years as well, to pick their act for the Eurovision Song Contest.

In these recent years, Israel has booked some success in the contest using ‘HaKokhav HaBa’ for Eurovision. After four failures in a row, Nadav Guedj and Hovi Star made it to the final of Eurovision. In 2015, Nadav even finished in the top-10 with his 9th place.

All shows in Israel will be recorded before the broadcast, except for the final, which will be live. The decision on which act will advance to the next stage of each show will be made by televote and an expert jury. Eurovision 2010 star Harel Ska’at will once again take part in this jury, next to Keren Peles, Asaf Amdurski and the duo Static & Ben-El Tavori.