Another week, another two episodes of The Next Star for Eurovision 2018 — Israel’s marathon national selection for its Eurovision Song Contest star.
On this week’s episodes, we got to meet another interesting mix of singers, from IMRI‘s backing singer to a former gangsta rapper.
As ever, we’re going to take a look at the lucky ones who passed their auditions and who will continue to the next phase of the show.
EPISODE 11 QUALIFIERS
This group has been together since high school, where they named themselves Haostri (In Hebrew it’s the singular word for “The Austrian”), although they have nothing to do with Austria.
The band played their original song “Tavi Ta’Chevre” (Bring on the Gang), a song full of full vibes about living life without too many worries.
Most of the judges got those cool vibes except for the notoriously difficult judge Assaf Amdursky.
Audition score: 72% (votes from three judges)
Previously known as the gangster-rapper D. Black, Nissim was born in Seattle, Washington.
He became Jewish four years ago and moved to Israel and now he’s the religious Jewish rapper Nissim — quite a change!
During his audition, Nissim sang his recent single, “Fly Away” , a song that he released in May this year and that has over 1 million views on YouTube.
Nissim impressed the judges only partially during his audition, since he used a pre-recorded backing track with his voice.
However, looking forward to hearing more from him, all four judges voted for him, with a total score of 73%.
Audition score: 73% (votes from four judges)
Shelly, 16, spends most of her week at boarding school. On weekends, she comes back home and sings together with her family in hotels as a trio.
Her amazing voice shone during her audition, but the opinions were divided as only half of the judges voted for her (Harel Skaat and Static & Ben El Tavori).
Audition score: 73% (votes from two judges)
For Sarit, 23, the stage was a dream since she was a little girl.
As a teenager, she went to many events and asked the people in charge to let her go on stage and sing.
While getting a lot of NOs, she didn’t give up and eventually got some opportunities in clubs and bars, where she gained a lot of experience during those years.
While she does know how to sing with confidence, and even does it very well, she didn’t manage to score the required 70% in order to pass her audition.
The hosts — who can save contestants during the auditions phase this year — threw her a lifeline.
Audition score: 61% (votes from three judges) – Saved by the hosts
Ella, 25, might be very young, but she’s already a mother to a two-year-old boy.
She faced many auditions but always got a no in all of them. This time she barely managed to get the 70% score in order to qualify for the next phase of the show.
The audience didn’t give her a high score but yet three out of the four judges (except for Assaf Amdursky) voted for her at the last minute.
Audition score: 70% (votes from three judges)
EPISODE 12 QUALIFIERS
Axum is a duo composed of Judah (Gilor Yehuda) and Tedross (Reuben Aragai).
Rising from poverty and extreme hardship on the streets of Netanya, Axum is an in-your-face, one-of-a-kind duo that has broadened Israel’s definition of hip-hop, reggae and dancehall with their unique Middle Eastern and Ethiopian sounds.
They brought some really cool vibes into their first audition with their original song “Arnevet” (Bunny) and convinced most of the audience and the judges (except for Keren Peles) with their uplifting performance.
Audition score: 71% (votes from three judges)
Almog, 31, is familiar with both The Next Star for Eurovision stage as well as the Eurovision stage itself.
In 2016 he made it to the final of the national final in Israel with “The Beatbox Element”.
But guess what? Even though he lost the local competition in Israel, he still made it to Eurovision, as an offstage backing singer for Hovi Star.
One year later, he was on the Eurovision stage again, backing our IMRI.
If you paid attention to this year’s competition, you know that Almog is the second backing singer of IMRI that auditioned in the show, as we already met Alon Sharr from “The Choice”.
Almog really impressed everyone during his audition with his special voice, although he wasn’t perfect as the judges expected.
Perfect or not, most of the judges (except for Assaf Amdursky) voted for him as well as the audience, with the highest score of this week’s episodes, 82%.
Audition score: 82% (votes from three judges)
In case you missed any of the previous episodes, you can read and watch all the performances on our recap posts.
Which artist do you like the most so far? Who do you think would do well for Israel at Eurovision?
Photo credits: The Next Star for Eurovision