After the audition rounds which lasted from October up to late December, the Israeli talent show HaKokhav HaBa has finally started with the televised heats. Slowly, Israel will work towards making their decision who will represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
In the first heat, which was broadcast on January 4th, four artists qualified for the next stage. They will be joined by six other acts, which will battle it our in the second heat. That show will air in two parts, on Sunday the 7th of January and Monday the 8th of January. After these shows, two other artists were save by the jury and remain in the contest as well.
Results from the first heat in Israel
The judging panel, consisting of Harel Skaat (ESC 2010), Keren Peles, Assaf Amdursky and the duo Static & Ben El Tavori gave their thumbs up, or down. But the voting percentage by the public was decisive.
In the end, these were the results from heat 1 of ‘The next star of Eurovision’ in Israel:
Riki Ben Ari (82%) vs Rinat Bar (77%, saved by jury)
Jonathan Mergui (88%) vs Axum (74%)
Netta Barzilai (79%) vs Tal Mizrahi (49%)
Ravit Batashvili (82%) vs Ofir Harush (68%)
A couple of days later, the second of three parts of this first heat was broadcast. The show have us four more names to get to the remaining ten artists in Israel:
Chen Aharoni (80%) vs Shir Baruch (30%)
The Choice (56%) vs Sarit Hativa (60%)
Eden Meiri (63%) vs Shir Gadasi (26%)
Hayemen (71%) vs Adva Omer (49%, saved by jury)
On Monday the 8th of January, finally, the last part of the first heat was shown as well. There were two remaining battles, which went like this:
Jaki Gaforov (52%) vs José Steinberg (63%)
Howie Danao (56%) vs Gal Yaakobi (36%)
Twelve acts remain in Israel
The show, which was won by Nadav Guedj, Hovi Star and Imri Ziv in the last three years, will now go on with twelve remaining acts. The exact set of dates remains, as part of the Israeli tradition, a mystery.