Israel’s search for an act for Eurovision 2015 is set to come to a climax tonight, as “The Next Star” competition comes to a close. The successful singing competition format has seen the Israeli public get heavily involved in the Eurovision process once again, with one of four acts left in the final set to head to Vienna. Which act out of Iki Levy & The Rasta Hebrew Men, Sari Nachmias, Nadav Guedj or Avia Shoshani will it be?

Iki Levy & The Rasta Hebrew Men

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Iki Levy and the Rasta Hebrew Men are a group of Israeli musicians who just happen to have a love of Bob Marley and reggae. They’ve been consistently popular with the judges and public thanks to their different style of music which really does stand out against the other acts – and likely would at Eurovision. The band already has a little bit of Eurovision history too: their drummer, Moti, performed with Teapacks in 2007. They’ve already revealed in our interview with them that they have a song picked out for the contest should they make it to Eurovision: a song about their love for the holy land, called “Stars of the Night”.

Sari Nachmias

Sari is perhaps the wildcard of the final. Whilst she may not have the most powerful voice, she’s got her own personal style and definitely suits the rockier style that she works in many of her performances. Sari admitted that she’s got a hugely varied taste in music in our interview, with acts ranging from “Nina Simone to Rage Against the Machine” on her phone. She was the last of the four acts to be picked for The Next Star final, having originally lost a performance to Avia in the semi-finals.

Nadav Guedj

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EJRgeVDMEE

Nadav seems to be compared a lot to the likes of Justin Timberlake – though he stresses that he’s “simple and regular Nadav” in our interview with him. He’s certainly a showman though and he can back up his powerful voice with some great performances too. That would likely help him on stage at Eurovision too; he’s also much more in his element singing in English than Hebrew, which might also be a boost for an Israeli act. He’s also listed Harel Skaat and Boaz as his favourite Israeli acts in the past – could he be the next man to try for Israel?

Avia Shoshani

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcahOBFj6ho
Perhaps the undoubted favourite going in to the final, Avia has constantly wowed the judges with her incredible voice and the passion she puts in to her performances. That has also resonated with y’all, as Avia won our poll asking for your favourite with a convincing 37% of the votes. Avia has also had her own Eurovision experience in the past, being one of Moran Mazor’s backing singers in 2013. She also told us in our interview with her that it was another 2013 representative, Emmelie de Forest’s “Only Teardrops”, that was her favourite ESC song. Avia certainly seems like she’s got a wise head on her and she has the talent to back it up – can anyone stop her?

The Next Star final preview video

The Next Star final is on Israel’s Channel Two tonight and you can follow all the action on wiwibloggs, as well as on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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TJ
TJ
5 years ago

@wiwibloggs- I do LOVE your blog and read it on a daily basis… Sadly, it is political comments like the ones made by Blair and so many others that makes me very frustrated while catching up on Eurovision. After seeing you guys take action against political comments in the recent article on the first Armenian contestant, I now know you have the abilities to delete comments. Can a ZERO TOLERANCE for politics be enforced on this website, please?!?! It makes me sick reading hate-filled comments on a blog for a contest that reunited a war-torn Europe, not through politics, but… Read more »

Erin
Erin
5 years ago

What makes you a better human being than any other human being on this board? Get off your high horse. You’re not.

Erin
Erin
5 years ago
Erin
Erin
5 years ago

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/tlv-live 20:00 CET Dana International will be a guest judge…so they say. (It may take up to a minute or 2 for the stream to play after you remove the pop-ad) Avia will sing 2 songs in Hebrew, The Rasta Hebrew Men will sing 1 in Hebrew and one in English and both Nadav and Sari will sing 2 songs in English. AVIA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24McneeJJZo Ivri Lider https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wR5mOM_shDc Moshe Peretz What’s ironic is that these 2 singers are also the judges in The Next Star’s biggest rival music show ‘The X-Factor’ which is aired on a rival network. Is it pure… Read more »

Jake
5 years ago

Please send Sari.
All others definetely will be failed in semi-final.

Mei International
Mei International
5 years ago

I am Isareli and an outspoken critic of using this format. They’re all good–I hope for Nadav for Avia.

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Mario Vision of Gay Love ~ The Promised Land!
5 years ago

Who ever from these 4 acts wins tonight hopes that worths this 4 good.. 🙂
I expect a so cool entry from ISRAEL 4 the upcoming EuroVision <3

Calvin
Calvin
5 years ago

I think it’s Avia (and I’ll be fine with that) but am hoping for Sari.