We’re a few days away from the grand final of Israel’s The Next Star for Eurovision 2016, due to be held on Thursday, but today the finalists’ songs have finally been revealed. Can Israel repeat its success of “Golden Boy”? Scroll down to listen and let us know what you think.
In the grand final on March 3 the four finalists will sing original songs. These songs were chosen from more than 100 that were submitted to a professional committee. Eventually three songs were shortlisted and the four finalists picked their favourite song out of those three.
Ella Daniel – “Somebody Out There”
Ella Daniel was born in Azerbaijan and came to Israel when she was only two years old. She writes her own music and has her own unique style.
Her song is “Somebody Out There” with lyrics and music by David Maman and Philip Halloun.
Gil Hadash – “Follow The Sun”
Gil Hadash is a 20-year-old soldier and she has never watched Eurovision — even after advancing in the earlier rounds of this competition. Her song is “Follow The Sun” with lyrics and music by Stav Beger and Tom Gefen.
Hovi Star – “Made of Stars”
Hovi Star is not new to the Israeli audience as he took part in the seventh season of the TV talent show “Kokhav Nolad” (“A Star Is Born”), together with Mei Finegold (Israel’s representative for Eurovision 2014). He didn’t make it to the final, but finished in a very respectful seventh place.
Rumours suggest that Hovi first picked a song that he wrote and wanted to perform it in the final, but the professional committee didn’t approve of his choice. So he had to pick a song from those songs that were shortlisted by the committee.
The song “Made of Stars” was written and composed by Doron Medalie, the brains behind “Golden Boy”, so the expectations are obviously high.
This song will be performed by two artists in the final, Hovi and Nofar, though each of them has a different musical arrangement.
Nofar Salman – “Made of Stars”
Nofar Salman is a 17-year-old schoolgirl who also works as a singing waitress and gets pretty nice tips.
Her song, “Made of Stars”, is the same song Hovi Star is singing, composed by Doron Medalie, the guy behind “Golden Boy”.
Nofar’s version of the song has a different arrangement than Hovi’s version and according to rumors is the first version of that song.
Who is your favourite so far? Who do you think would be the best choice for Israel at Eurovision 2016?
Official photos credit: Ronen Akerman