After fears that Israel would withdraw from Eurovision 2015 and then hopes that Marina Maximilian Blumin would sing for Jerusalem this year in Vienna, we finally have a bit of clarity. Today Mako.il reports that Israel will select its Eurovision 2015 singer on the second season of HaKokhav HaBa (Rising Star), a televised singing reality show. Israeli TV afficianados will know it as the contuiation of Kokhav Nolad (“A Star is Born”), which has been re-branded.

This is not the first time that the IBA will collaborate with an existing TV franchise to find its singer for ESC. Boaz, the winner of the fifth season of Idol, sang for Israel in 2008.

Israel also has a rich history of sending singers with experience on these shows (even if they didn’t win). Harel Skaat, the last Israeli singer to actually make the Eurovision final, was a finalist on Idol. And Shiri Maimon, who came fourth at Eurovision, was a runner up on Kokhav Nolad.

Are you excited about Israel’s decision? Let us know in the comments below.

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Branco
6 years ago

Really…making a “political debate” out of this is just silly! It has NOTHING do with ESC and music!

I hope ISrael can come up with something like “Time”. oNE OF THE BEST ENTRIES EVER 🙂 i love SUCH FEELGOOD INDIEPOP

jr esc nl
jr esc nl
6 years ago

Leaperce Yeah thats what im trying to say i know how terrible is is it was sarcasm tot blairs comment on israel

LEAPerce
LEAPerce
6 years ago

*UK

LEAPerce
LEAPerce
6 years ago

Jr ESC nl, the ik are one of the last to do that, there’s so many more. Also, I’d hardly say trying to get rid of IS, an effing terrorist group is a ‘terrible thing’. They are beheading innocent aid workers and journalists on camera for fun, moron.

David
David
6 years ago

It is a great thing that Israel is competing in ESC! As Israel is the ONLY democracy in the Middle East!

Charles
Charles
6 years ago

I do follow the french version of the show and I like it a lot so far … at least here the judges are really honest when it comes to both really liking someone or not giving a damn about them … it may be rude at times, but it’s sincere … and that is what it’s meant to be. Not like the portuguese version, where the winner actually won because the TV viewers voted massively for him … and the four judges, after weeks and weeks of extremely flattering compliments for his vocal talents, turned their backs on him… Read more »

Mavision
Mavision
6 years ago

Well let’s reserve judgement until we see the acts on this year. All it takes is one great act right? Good luck anyway.

@Blair. Blame the government if anyone, not the people.

jr esc nl
jr esc nl
6 years ago

blair i can’t really blame israel for that but hama’s… lol why don’t we just bann every country that did something terrible lets bann russia for ukraine armenia and azerbaijan for karabakh and the uk for bombing is

Dar
Dar
6 years ago

Waste of time .. This type of format rarely ever works and definitely won’t for Israel .. Another non qualifier , I would bet money on it ..

Maya G
Maya G
6 years ago

@D The Israeli version was a train wreck indeed. Of all the talent shows the IBA could have collaborated with this is by far the worst. I’m quite sure we’ll have an Israel-less final yet again this year.

D
D
6 years ago

I spent this past Summer in America with friends and I watched the American version of Rising Star, and boy was that a train wreck. Hopefully the Israeli version is better.

Blair – Why do you have to be a hateful person? There’s conflict in every country get over yourself.

Marco
Marco
6 years ago

Yeah Blair, especially because the television channels and the singers from Israel are responsible for that! -.-

Mavision
Mavision
6 years ago

Well, I preferred the idea of letting the radio choose the artist like Maximillan, but she’s busy apparently. I hope this works for them, I mean it’s a proven formula in the past it’s got them to the final. Good luck Israel! I’m just glad they haven’t pulled out.