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 2017. In 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
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.
Hally (Hallelujah) Lewis
Judy Layne Bernstein
The Beatbox Element
The Alaev Family
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.
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?