Another one bites the dust. The quarterfinal of “The Next Star” (the singing reality show that will choose the Israeli representative for Eurovision 2015) featured seven artists, but only six have survived to reach next week’s semi-final.
The quarter final
After the Eurovision special last week, each act worked with a judge to improve their technique and select a song for the quarterfinals. During the show each act performed and was rated by the jury and audience. The two with the lowest score then had to compete in a head-to-head battle, with the loser exiting the stage for good.
Nadav is only 16 years old, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be the Israeli Justin Timerlake. Once again he got the audience to feel his groove and achieved a score of 83%.
Nava Tehila has a fragile voice and most of the time it makes you shiver. But this time the judges and the audience weren’t convinced by her performance, giving her a score of only 67%.
Iki Levy & The Rasta Hebrew Man always manage to deliver a great performance. Using trumpets and plenty of style, they got all of the judges vote for them — and to dance along. They earned a score of 87%, securing their place in the semi final next week.
Sari Nachmias usually rocks the stage with her powerful performances, but this time she took a softer approach with a cover of the classic “Bridge over troubled water” from Simon and Garfunkel. All the judges voted for her and she ended with a score of 82%.
Throughout the season Orit Biansay has been criticized for being too frozen on stage and lacking charisma. Judge Harel Skaat tried to make her shine this time with Beyoncé’s “Love on top” (he sure enjoyed it during rehearsal – just watch him dance). Anyway, Orit didn’t manage to impress, receiving a low score of 45%.
Avia Shoshani sang a song that she wrote herself. It was a touching song about lies, love and hiding (“I learned how to lie, and to lie well” is part of the chorus). Judge Harel Skaat loved the self-exposure and told her that if she wins the competition she already has a song for Eurovision. Avia got a score of 87% and secured her place in the semi final next week.
Judge Mooki told Sa’ar to write new verses for a hit called “A letter to my brother” (originally by Kobi Aflalo). Sa’ar enhanced the melody of the song with the help of backing vocalists, getting a score of 70% and surviving the elimination round by just a few percentage points.
The Elimination Round: Orit Biansay VS. Nava Tehila Walker
Orit chose to sing “Ets Yarok Mi’plastik” (“Green plastic tree”), a song written by the judge Asaf Atedgi and originally sung by Margalit Tzan’ani. She sang it perfectly and managed to score 74%.
Nava chose the song “At lo kmo kulam” (“You’re not like everyone else”), originally sung by Mashina. She didn’t manage to excite the judges and got only 64% of the votes. That was enough for her to be eliminated.
Next week is the semi final of “The Next Star” and we will go from 6 artists to only 4 for the final the week afterwards. Big stars such as Omer Adam and Miri Mesika will take part in the semi final and will perform a duet with the contestants.
You can watch the semi final live on Sunday at 21:00 Israel time (so 19:00 GMT and 20:00 CET) on this link.
The final will be broadcast on February 17, which means that we will soon know who the Israeli representative for Eurovision 2015 will be (we don’t have any information about how the song will be picked yet, so stay tuned for updates).
Do you have a favourite yet? Who do you think would be the best choice for Israel at Eurovision 2015?
You can watch and listen to all of the performances we have had so far to help you make up your mind.