We’re only one week away from the grand final of Israel’s The Next Star for Eurovision 2017, which unfolds on February 13. Following this week’s semi-final, four acts remain standing and will sing it out in the final. They are: Julieta, Imri Ziv, Diana Golbi, and The Beatbox Element.

THE SEMI-FINAL

Producers divided the show’s six contestants into three duels. During each duel the first artist sang in front of the judges and the audience. Their combined rating set the bar for their opponent. The voting process went as usual: each judge voted yay or nay, with a yay awarding the contestant a score of 10%. The audience in the TV studio voted in a similar way via a special smartphone application and the scores were added together during the performance.

The opposing artist then sang behind a screen. If the opposing artist managed to beat the score of the first artist, then the screen rose up, signalling that the second artist had won the duel. If not, the first artist won. Got it?

Duel 1: Imri Ziv VS. Sapir Nahon


Imri Ziv knows Eurovision very well. After serving as a backing singer for the Israeli acts in 2015 and 2016, he’s ready for his moment at centre stage. During his audition the Israeli judges couldn’t help but comment on his amazing look — but also praised his voice and charisma. This time he impressed with his vocal abilities and earned a score of 95% (including votes from all four judges).

Sapir Nahon currently sings in a military band. She got so emotional during her audition that she barely managed to keep singing while wiping away her tears. This time she brimmed with confidence, performing a ballad (again) with her great voice, but it wasn’t enough to overcome her opponent. She only managed a score of 73% (including votes from two judges).

Duel 2: The Beatbox Element VS. Julieta


The Beatbox Element don’t use any instruments or playback: They create their music through their voices alone. They’re all former members of “The Voca People”, a popular a cappella group. They really impressed the judges and the audience with their vocal tricks and the way they worked their tongues, with a total score of 83% (including votes from all four judges).

Julieta has been a singer in Israel for more than a decade, but her career has never really taken off. In 2013 she took part in Kdam Eurovision 2013 (Israel’s national selection for Eurovision) but failed to reach the final. She really impressed this time with a ballad, showing off her touching voice, earning a total score of 76% (including votes from all four judges), but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to get a ticket for the final.

Duel 3: Ta-La-Te VS. Diana Golbi 


Ta-La-Te means “three” in Arabic, and it also represents the number of members in this group. They sing in the Oriental/Mizrahi style (which is very popular in Israel) and know how to keep the energy up and the blood flowing.

However, their ballad didn’t quite impress this week. They managed to earn a score of 59% (including votes from three judges), and that was not enough to win their duel.

In 2010 Diana Golbi won Kokhav Nolad (A Star Is Born), one of the most popular shows in the country. She’s subsequently released two albums and taken part in a series of musicals while studying acting. During her semi-final performance she wowed the judges with her raw voice, which is very “Mei Feingold” Eurovision 2014. Power, poise, potential — she is the clear favourite to win it all. Her score was 87% (including votes from three judges).

The last ticket to the final

The three losers then competed in a final duel to determine the final finalist.

Julieta (score: 85%) VS. Ta-La-Te (score: 26%) VS. Sapir Nahon (Score: 75%)

 

THE FINALISTS


Photographer: Ronen Akerman 

YOU CAN WATCH ALL THE EPISODES OF THE NEXT STAR FOR EUROVISION 2017 ON THIS LINK AND ALL THE CLIPS ON THIS LINK.

Next week the winner will be chosen in a live broadcast – February 13, 20:00 CET. You can watch live via this link, or here.

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Cai Pearson
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I love Julietta, Imri is great too and so is Diana wish Julietta won the first heat and let Sapir in to the final but oh well less competition with a three horse race. lets hope Julietta bring a dance number like “tel aviv” or something she doesn’t do as well with ballads.

danielvarga
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GO DIANA!!!

Shay
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There is exteremly strong final four this year. Althou my favorite is diana and imri,, witch both can win eurovision with the right song by my opinion. Julieta and The Beat Box Element are strong and will propbaly will qualify.

Unofficial Månsters Association
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Unofficial Månsters Association

Julieta*

Unofficial Månsters Association
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Unofficial Månsters Association

Imri or Julietta 🙂

blondboybc
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Wow! Very impressed by Diana, Imri and Julieta–her performance was really good! Any one of them would be great reps for Israel in ESC! If Julieta brought a song/performance like that to Kyiv? Wow! She’d do very well! I’m sure one of those three will go. Not sure ESC is the place for acapella Beatbox Element, though! 🙂

Erin
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These results were already known nearly two weeks ago since the semi-final shows were recorded in January and the main Eurovision forum in Israel broke those results back then. There is no part 2 scheduled for tomorrow. The disappointing (and predictable) outcome is that the 4 finalists will perform cover songs on next week’s final and following tonight’s results, it seems to me that it’s basically down to Julietta and Imri. This is supposed to be Julietta’s big comeback after she retired from the profession in 2013. She is 30 years old and this is her only realistic chance to… Read more »
Isabella
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Imri + a song by Doron Medalie = a clear success <3

Ddraven4
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Wait, I don’t understand. Isn’t semifinal part 2 tomorrow. What will happen there? How are the results already out?

Xepher
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Can we have a duet with Imri and Diana?

Daniel
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Act by act breakdown for me: The Beatbox Element: We look at Belgium in 2011 and it is obvious acapella doesn’t work in Eurovision. No more explanation needed. Diana Golbi: While a great singer, I fear her fate in Kiev would be the same as fellow Israeli female rocker Mei Feingold in Copenhagen. Popular with the uber-fans and just doesn’t relate to the average viewer. Imri: He would most likely qualify just based off his looks and voice and has experience with Eurovision. A safe and respectable choice. Julietta: With the right song (upbeat and Mizrahi/Oriental) she can do extremely… Read more »
Paul D.
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It’s between Diana and Imri

AngieP
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Diana!! Yes!! So happy!

Evy
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YAAAAAY Imri i’m sooo happy. He should win <333333333

Vanessa
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Imri for the win!

The Challenger
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Ta la tete must have been awful.