It’s been weeks — feels like months — but we’ve finally reached the end of the auditions phase of Israel’s The Next Star for Eurovision 2017In the latest episode the judges gave another two contestants the green light. You can read about them below.

They bring the final tally of survivors to 21. Now the judges and producers will meet behind closed doors to whittle these 21 acts down to just eight, who will compete in the final rounds of the competition, starting with the quarterfinal next week. They’ll sing-it-out with the hope of earning one of the four spots in the live final, which will air on February 13.

 WEEK 4 QUALIFIERS

David Vanesyan
The word is international. Born to a Jewish mother an an Armenian father, dapper David works as an actor in Moscow. He traveled all the way to Israel just to audition for the show and says he plans to move to Israel soon. (It never hurts to appeal to the local crowd, right?). Unlike the majority of artists we’ve seen so far, David decided to cover a Eurovision song. And not just any song: He went for Conchita Wurst’s iconic “Rise Like a Phoenix”. Thankfully he, like Conchita, has a solid voice (and a beard to boot) and managed to impress most of the judges.

Audition score: 85% (votes from three judges)

Chen Zimerman & Noy Eisen
They make some magical noises, but we would not want to be their neighbours! This adorable couple have previously gone viral on YouTube with their many videos in which they beatbox and mash-up songs. Their style can be slightly jarring, as when they shocked the judges by singing to the sound of an iPhone ring tone. But their mash-up managed to win over the judges, who ultimately found them quite refreshing and original. Will they advance to the final rounds of the competition though? We’ll find out next week. 

Audition score: 80% (votes from four judges)


THE REMAINING HOPEFULS

Out of these 21 acts only eight will advance to the quarterfinal. You can review all of their auditions below. Alternatively, just click on our Israel tab to read our quick take on their performances.

Diana Golbi
 

Imri Ziv

Hally (Hallelujah) Lewis

Ta-La-Te

Judy Layne Bernstein

Lee Sabach

The Beatbox Element

Sapir Nahon

Osher Biton

Yonit Zaidenberg

Helen Kalandadze

Julieta

Yona Shavin

Yosef Gal

The Alaev Family

Michal Shapira

Chen Maximov

Beta Zinq

Ron Buhbut

David Vanesyan

Chen Zimerman & Noy Eisen

 

YOU CAN WATCH ALL THE EPISODES OF THE NEXT STAR FOR EUROVISION 2017 ON THIS LINK OR ALL THE CLIPS ON THIS LINK.

UPCOMING EPISODES

30 January – Quarterfinal – part 1
31 January – Quarterfinal – part 2
6 February – Semi-final – part 1
7 February – Semi-final – part 2
13 February – The Grand Final

Which artist do you like the most? Who do you think would do the best for Israel at Eurovision?

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AngieP
AngieP
3 years ago

If I had a choice, I think this would be my 8 qualifiers
Diana Golbi (great voice in a great song)
Judy Layne Bernstein (beautiful voice, how lovely it is to sing at this age)
Lee Sabach (beautiful voice in an Israeli song)
The Beatbox Element (the different approach to the songs)
Sapir Nahon (I loved her voice, in an Israeli song)
The Alaev Family (love them, great mood)
Michal Shapira (amazing in “Chandelier)
Osher Biton (really good voice)
Good luck to Israel!

Angijarci
Angijarci
3 years ago

I love Ta-La-Te!!! yummiee new boyband

mawnck
mawnck
3 years ago

David Vanesyan does NOT have that solid a voice – at least for “Rise Like a Phoenix” purposes.

Can anyone who speaks Hebrew tell me what happened with the girl in red on this edition? I thought she was considerably better than a lot of the performers that got through – definitely including David – but she got four down arrows from the judges. WTF? Did she put salt in their sodas before the show?

Maya G
Maya G
3 years ago

Diana Golbi, Imri Ziv and Julietta are a shoo–in, as they’re pretty cozy with the show’s producers. For the remaining five spots I think it’s between Hally Lewis, Osher Biton, Helen Kalandadze, Ta-La-Te, Chen Zimerman & Noy Eisen, The Alaev Family and The Beatbox Element. Novelty acts like the elderly lady and the orthodox transgender are sure to watch the next episode from the comfort of their living room.

Angijarci
Angijarci
3 years ago

The Hebrew sounds soooo gorgeous!! I love it

Ddraven4
Ddraven4
3 years ago

I want the jury to pick their 7 favourit artist and then pick Judy as number 8, on the basis that i need to listen to that adorable old lady at least one more time. Besides, if it worked for Russia in 2012, why not again for Israel?

EF0912
EF0912
3 years ago

My Israeli friend has said that she thinks Diana, Imri and Julietta are definitely in the final. This is not 100% so don’t take my word for it but looking at their clips seems likely. I usually like the Israeli song and the NF last year was my favortie (only to watch) as that moment with Nofar was so tense.

an esc fan
an esc fan
3 years ago

Osher Biton is the right choice, but with the same style of song like in this competition. Don’t try to be so modern, look at Belarus, fans are so happy to hear something more traditional.