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.
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