After a long season of auditions, duels, eliminations and plenty of sob stories, Israel finally staged the final of The Next Star for Eurovision 2016 on Thursday evening. Four acts sang, but in the end it was Hovi Star who emerged as the winner, earning the right to sing for Israel at Eurovision 2016.
Hovi Star (real name: Hovi Sekulets) won with his take on “Made of Stars”. The lyrics and music come from Doron Medalie, who also wrote “Golden Boy” in 2015.
You can watch the full show of the Israeli national final on this link, if you missed it, or just the videos of the performances – on this link.
Judging from the comments in our comments section below, this song lacks the golden shine of its predecessor. Indeed, we’re already getting wind that fans are writing to Doron and Hovi Star, asking them to come up with a new song for Eurovision or a serious revamp of the current song.
The Winner: Hovi Star – “Made of Stars”
Our first reaction to Hovi Star’s win
Reprise: Hovi Star – “Made of Stars”
The full results
In the first round, the artists performed a cover of their choice in two duels:
Duel 1: Ella Daniel VS. Hovi Star
- Ella Daniel – “Happy” (Pharrell Williams) – Score: 67% (4 judges votes)
- Hovi Star – “Stay with me” (Sam Smith) – Score: 79% (4 judges votes)
Duel 2: Gil Hadash VS. Nofar Salman
- Gil Hadash – “The Show Must Go On” (Queen) – Score: 49% (1 judge vote)
- Nofar Salman – “Mangina” / “Melody” (Eden Ben Zaken) – Score: 76% (2 judges votes)
The judges were then asked to pick one of the losers to continue in the next round. They picked Ella Daniel, meaning Gil Hadash was eliminated. And before
she even got to sing her Eurovision song!
The super final
In the second round, the artists performed their original Eurovision songs and the public alone determined the results via a mobile voting application. The results were as follows:
- Hovi Star – “Made of Stars” – 68%
- Nofar Salman – “Made of Stars” – 67%
- Ella Daniel – “Somebody Out There” – 58%
Second place: Nofar Salman – “Made Of Stars”
Third place: Ella Daniel – “Somebody Out There”
The finalists cover of “Heroes”
Interval act: Nadav Guedj – “Jump” & “Golden Boy”
About Hovi Star
Hovi Star is 29 years old and he 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. Hovi was the only artist in the show that confessed that his dream is to go to Eurovision and that’s why he entered the competition in Israel.
According to rumours, Hovi first picked a song that he wrote and wanted to perform it in the final. But the professional committee didn’t approve, so he had to pick a song from those songs already shortlisted by the committee.
The song “Made Of Stars” was written and composed by Doron Medalie, the guy behind “Golden Boy”.
The song was performed by two artists on the final, Hovi and Nofar, each of them delivering a different arrangement.
As Dana International said:“Hovi is breathing Eurovision” (She also posted on Facebook after Hovi’s victory: “VIVO LA DIVO”) and you could notice it from the wind machine during his performance.
Hovi knows Eurovision very well and he’s also really into swarovski, so we can expect a grandiose show in May on the Eurovision stage.
Can Israel again make it to the grand final of Eurovision 2016 in Stockholm? Maybe even win? Let us know in the comments box below!