The finalists on The Next Star for Eurovision 2019, the singing reality show that will choose the Israeli representative for Eurovision, are dropping like flies.
Twenty lucky ones passed the long auditions process for the show and made it to the live shows. During this week’s episodes the head-to-head duels kicked off and only twelve survived to the next round.
Producers divided the twenty contestants into ten duels. In each duel the first artist sang in front of the judges and the audience. Their combined rating set the bar for their opponent.
The voting process went as usual: each judge voted yay or nay (blue or red), with a yay awarding the contestant a score of 8%. The audience in the TV studio voted in a similar way via a special smartphone application and the scores were added together during the performance.
The opposing artist then sang behind the screen. If the opposing artist managed to beat the score of the first artist, then the screen rose up, signalling that the second artist had won the duel. If not, the first artist won.
As judges Static & Ben El Tavori couldn’t attend to this round’s shootings, a guest judge, Itay Levi,was added to replace them. Itay is one of the new stars in the Israeli music scene in recent years. He released four albums that featured many hits, some of which have millions of views on YouTube.
Duel 1: Wanna Wanna VS. Maya Buskila
Wanna Wanna – “I Trusted U” – Score: 68% (votes from four judges)
Maya Buskila – “If I Were A Boy” – Score: 81% (votes from four judges)
Duel 2: Shahaf VS. Klara Sabag
Shahaf – “Déjà Vu” – Score: 60% (votes from four judges)
Klara Sabag – “Rolling in the Deep” – Score: 76% (votes from three judges)
Duel 3: Lior Chen VS. Osher Biton
Lior Chen – “Russian Roulette” – Score: 64% (votes from three judges)
Osher Biton – “Estader Levad” (I’ll Be Fine on My Own) – Score: 87% (votes from all five judges)
Duel 4: Naama Gali Cohen VS. Daniel Barzilay
Naama Gali Cohen – “Rockabye” – Score: 64% (votes from three judges)
Daniel Barzilay – “Ish Shel Layla” (A Night Person) – Score: 80% (votes from four judges)
Duel 5: Shefita VS. Tay
Shefita – “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” – Score: 41% (votes from two judges)
Tay – “Radioactive” – Score: 89% (votes from all five judges)
Duel 6: Kobi Marimi VS. Liat Eliyahu
Kobi Marimi – “Mad World” – Score: 57% (votes from three judges)
Liat Eliyahu – “Stone Cold” – Score: 51% (vote from one judge)
Duel 7: Avraham de Carvalho VS. Ketreyah
Avraham de Carvalho – “Viva La Vida” – Score: 67% (votes from three judges)
Ketreyah – “Just The Way You Are” – Score: 83% (votes from 4 judges)
Duel 8: Nitay Twito VS. Ofri Calfon
Nitay Twito – “Sorry” – Score: 68% (votes from three judges)
Ofri Calfon – Tocho Ratzuf Ahava (Filled With Love) – Score: 90% (votes from all five judges)
Duel 9: Nave Madmon VS. Danielle Mazuz
Nave Madmon – “Never Forget You” – Score: 53% (votes from two judges)
Danielle Mazuz – “Earth Song” – Score: 54% (vote from one judge)
Duel 10: The Shalva Band VS. Naor Cohen
The Shalva Band – “The Sound of Silence” – Score: 95% (votes from all five judges)
Naor Cohen – “Shtaim Balaila” (2AM) – Score: 66% (votes from three judges)
The 12 remaining hopefuls
- Maya Buskila
- Klara Sabag
- Osher Biton
- Daniel Barzilay
- Kobi Marimi
- Ofri Calfon
- Danielle Mazuz
- The Shalva Band
- Avraham de Carvalho
Which artist do you like the most? Who do you think would do well for Israel at Eurovision 2019?
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Photo credits: Ronen Akerman / The Next Star for Eurovision