Israel is searching for The Next Star who can take the country back to the finals at Eurovision. As we reported on October 5, Jerusalem is revamping its selection process, handing power to the people through Hakochav Haba, the re-branded version of the popular series Kokhav Nolad (“A Star is Born”). Producers have not yet revealed when the final will take place, but we do know this: Harel Skaat, the last Israeli to make the Eurovision final, will judge, and the auditions will be broadcast on television from December 9. The winner, known as “The Next Star”, will then sing at ESC.
Next Star: Israel’s National Selection
Judging from the TV show’s official Instagram and Facebook accounts, it’s going to be an exciting few months filled with glitz, glam, and hopefuls who make you laugh and cry (for better or worse). Check out this trailer to see what we mean:
The show combines elements of The Voice, Idol and X Factor. Competitors first perform hidden by a screen, while the judges and voters at home vote via a special app. Once acts reach an undisclosed threshold of votes, the screen disappears revealing the aspiring star in all his or her glory. 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.
The Next Star Judges
Given that Harel Skaat was the last Israeli to make the Eurovision final, it’s appropriate that he is one of this year’s four judges. He will be joined by Assaf Etedgi, Mookie and Keren Peles. Asi Azar and Rotem Sela will host.
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