Israel: 8 artists make The Next Star for Eurovision 2018 quarterfinal…as Jose Steinberg is axed


The Next Star for Eurovision 2018 — Israel’s seemingly endless national selection for its Eurovision Song Contest star — continued this week with another elimination round, setting the lineup for the quarterfinal that will be broadcast next week.

Following this week’s episodes, we are now down to the final eight artists. Producers announced that the grand final will take place in about two weeks, though they are waiting to reveal the exact date and other details. Scroll down to find out who is still in the race to represent Israel at Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon.

On this week’s episodes there were no duels, as the remaining nine acts performed. But only eight of them could survive to the next round.

This week’s round was “The elimination seat”. The first artist sang in front of the judges and the audience.  His score set the bar for the next acts.

After each performance, the act with the lowest score had to sit on “The elimination seat” until an act received an even lower score than him. After all of the performances, the act remaining on the cursed chair was eliminated.

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 scores

Adva Omer – “Alabina” – Score: 63% (votes from three judges)

Riki Ben Ari – “If I Ain’t Got You” – Score: 88% (votes from four judges)

Chen Aharoni – “Grenade” – Score: 86% (votes from four judges)

Jonathan Mergui – “Roar” – Score: 89% (votes from four judges)

Jose Steinberg – “Smooth” – Score: 62% (votes from three judges)

Howie Danao – “Troublemaker” – Score: 75% (votes from three judges)

Netta Barzilai – “Barbie Girl” – Score: 70% (votes from three judges)

Ravit Batashvili – “Elaich” (To You) – Score: 79% (votes from three judges)

Eden Meiri – “Haperach Begani” (The Flower in My Garden) – Score: 79% (votes from four judges)

The act that got the lowest score was Jose Steinberg and therefore he was eliminated.


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


Photo credits: Ronen Akerman / The Next Star for Eurovision