Rinat Bar among qualifiers on Episode 3 of Israel’s ‘The Next Star for Eurovision 2018’


Hear the voices and raise that wall! The search for The Next Star for Eurovision 2018 continued in Israel last night with the next episode of the singing reality show. We got to meet a cool mix of stars, including teens, adults and one familiar contestant from Israel’s Kdam of yesteryear.


Rinat Bar

Hardcore Eurovision fans might recognise Rinat from the Israeli national selection Kdam Eurovision 2005, where she sang “Kmo Chalom” (Like a Dream) and finished in seventh place. But Kdam wasn’t Rinat’s first experience on stage, as she has been performing since the age of 12 and has released nine albums so far. She has enjoyed a relatively successful career working as a singer and a composer — especially within her genre of pop-oriental music — but she has never become a full-fledged star in Israel. She made everyone dance during her audition, so maybe she will make us dance at Eurovision as well?

Audition score: 79% (votes from four judges) 

Tslil Goldman

Tslil (which means sound/tone in Hebrew) is a sweet 22-year-old from a huge family of messianic Jews: She’s got 12 brothers, y’all! She has never watched the Eurovision Song Contest since she doesn’t have a TV at home. But she’s definitely used to colour and eccentric personalities, as she works in circus fire shows for a living. Her beautiful voice and sense of fragility reminded us of Blanche, just with a much more childlike voice.

Audition score: 88% (votes from four judges) 

Riki Ben Ari

Age ain’t nothing but a number and Riki is the perfect example of that. Now in her 50s, she claims she was born a singer, but only sings in the office and while making her children lunch. The judges and the audience were shocked by her powerful voice and self-confidence during her audition, as she sounded like a professional singer that had been on stage for many years.

Audition score: 93% (votes from four judges)

Jose Steinberg

Jose, as his name implies, came to Israel from Colombia and fell in love with the country and its women. His personality and Latin charm impressed the judges and the audience, although he chose the most unoriginal song possible for his audition. Yes, it was “Despacito”.

Audition score: 93% (votes from four judges)

Eden Meiri

He’s only 17 years old, but he has music experience as a DJ and has been creating electro music since he was 13. He chose to sing an oriental ballad and earned endless compliments from the judges, with the exception of judge Harel Skaat, who wasn’t that impressed.

Audition score: 76% (votes from three judges) 

Shir Baruch

Shir, 26, lost her mother when she was 17 and hasn’t sung much since that tragedy. When the story came up just before her audition, she got emotional and took a few moments to pull herself together. She passed the audition with a song that had touching Hebrew lyrics and put her emotions on fine display. At one point she had to wipe away her tears. We wish her nothing but happiness.

Audition score: 72% (votes from two judges)

In case you missed any of the previous episodes, you can read and watch all the performances in our previous posts.

The auditions will continue in the coming weeks. This season is reported to have 20 episodes so you can expect the grand final around the end of February or early March.

Which artist do you like the most so far? Who do you think would do well for Israel at Eurovision?


Photo credits: The Next Star for Eurovision