Every year a question mark hangs over Israel’s Eurovision participation and its selection process. This year has been no exception. Thankfully, after weeks of rumours regarding Israel at Eurovision 2017, the Israel Hayom newspaper has published the news that Israel will once again choose its Eurovision 2017 contestant through the TV show The Next Star for Eurovision.
The show will launch at the beginning of 2017 and will consist of 10 episodes. That’s a marked reduction in shows for the marathon national selection that, over the past two years, has stretched out over several months (and featured sob story after sob story).
The changes don’t mean that Israel loves The Next Star any less than before. The show’s broadcaster Keshet had originally planned to launch the show during October 2016, but, owing to scheduling problems, has had to push it back. No drama, y’all.
Surely that will put Eurovision fans at ease following the perceived instability of the Israeli broadcaster IBA.
As you likely know, IBA is due to be shut down and replaced by the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC). The exact date of that change isn’t clear, as it is has been repeatedly postponed, and may be pushed back to 2018.
In any case, IPBC have already published a tender — aka, a public call for bids — for a TV show that will select the Israeli representative for Eurovision 2017.
As no other shows have submitted a bid, The Next Star for Eurovision won the day and will again serve as the Israeli national selection for 2017.
Israel has experienced a major Eurovision revival since The Next Star for Eurovision became the Israeli national selection for Eurovision.
Expectations are high for 2017 and Israel is aiming to win the contest and improve its results.
The search for Eurovision 2017
After the success of Hovi Star at Eurovision 2016, the Israeli production team behind the show The Next Star For Eurovision 2017 are desperate to out-do themselves.
With that in mind they’re calling for contestants who took part in Kokhav Nolad (A Star Is Born), one of the most popular shows on Israeli TV, which was produced by the same company that produces The Next Star For Eurovision — Tedy productions.
Hovi Star took part in Kokhav Nolad.
Producers have recently approached Chen Aharoni, who took part in the show during 2007 (he also took part at Kdam Eurovision 2011 and in the UK X-Factor during 2013), but Chen decided to not take part this year.
Diana agreed to audition for The Next Star For Eurovision, according to reports.
What do you think about The Next Star for Eurovision 2017? Can it help Israel secure its fourth victory at Eurovision?