After managing to crack the Top 10 at Eurovision 2015, the Israeli Broadcaster IBA has decided to continue with “The Next Star” format it introduced last year. And why not? The show gave us Nadav. Nadav gave us “Golden Boy”. And “Golden Boy” gave us an anthem for the dance floor! For Eurovision 2016, the 15-episode talent show is even being rebranded “The Next Star for Eurovision 2016”, cementing the show’s position as Israel’s national selection.
Thus far the Israeli media seem somewhat optimistic. As NRG.co.il writes, “It seems that Israel is beginning to understand what the Swedes have long understood — that selecting our representative for Eurovision should be spread out over several months.”
Emphasis on representative. As in 2015, the Next Star will only choose the singer. The IBA will then work with music industry experts to internally select the song.
Producers have not yet revealed the number of participants. However, the jury of the show will remain the same as last year and include Assaf Etedgi, Keren Peles, Mookie and Harel Skaat. The first episode will be broadcast this Saturday, December 5.