In less than 4 weeks we’ll know who will represent Israel in Tel Aviv and try to secure a second consecutive victory.
And with so many talents in this season of The Next Star, it is hard to predict who will have the honour of waving the Israeli flag on home soil.
The competition has now entered the duel stage. And on top of that, in this episode, each set of duellists received a mission or a theme that they were required to project in their performance.
Overall, 5 duels took place and one candidate was eliminated. The last duel was between Maya Buskila and Kobi Marimi. Their theme was Eurovision songs which may hint that they are the broadcaster’s favourites to win.
Ketreyah v Danielle
However, things started with these two super women, who performed head-to head and were asked to show their style.
Ketreyah – “Wings”
She’s got it all! Voice, appearance, dancing skills and mostly – style, which was the defined task. She received 85% of the votes and no one could have ignored her.
Danielle – “No diggity”
After a relatively weak performance last week, she was at her best. Her charisma and passion were present throughout her performance. Unfortunately, this was not enough for her to overtake Ketreyah having achieved only 69% of the votes, perhaps because something with her voice wasn’t entirely there.
Shefita V Avraham
Both Avraham and Shefita were saved by the judges in the earlier stage as their results were lower than the other 10 candidates. Their theme was Divas’ songs.
Shefita – Bootylicious
The “Arab diva” – sure knows how to deliver, but again it’s hard to say whether this will speak to the European audience. The audience however loved her and she received 83% of the votes.
Avraham – When We Were Young
When Elton John met Adele. A very intimate performance from Avraham. His vocals are probably among the best ones in this season, and he has given an outstanding show. As Shiri said: sometimes, being a singer is all that it takes. He received 88% and overtook Shefita.
Osher and Klara v Shalva Band and Ofri
This was a different duel as each set of candidates performed a duet in twos or threes.
Osher and Klara – Tafasta Li Makom (Hebrew)
Despite the fact that they are considered as strong candidates, something as a couple wasn’t working and they received a low mark – 70%.
Shalva (band) and Ofri – Halomot Shel Acherim (Hebrew)
Pure vocals made the magic work again. We’ve had our doubts about Shalva, but after this performance, we’re convinced that this is could actually work for Israel. Ofri on the other hand delivered solid performances from the very early stages and she keeps doing so. This duet received 94% which was by far the best result in this show.
Tay v Daniel
Their theme was a personal story.
Tay – Breath Me
This is the dark horse of the competition and there is something enigmatic about her. She’s only 20 but when she sings, something very mature emerges. Tay is in our opinion the most surprising candidate this year although her performance in this show wasn’t her best. She received only 72 points but all the judges agreed that she has a star quality and must proceed to the next stage.
Daniel – Hello
As we said, there is so much talent in this season and Daniel is another example of this. In his entry tonight, he took Adele’s Hello and literally owned it for a few minutes (although towards the end it became a bit flat). He received 79% of the votes which was enough to win in this duel.
Kobi v Maya
That was without a doubt the most exciting duel of the evening as both candidates are considered hot favourites to win and to represent Israel in Tel Aviv.
Kobi – Fuego
Kobi is the outsider. He performed Fuego and brought a completely new meaning to the song (and even to the word Fuego), having travelled to the east and turning it into a theme from a mysterious movie. You may dislike his interpretation to the song but even if you try hard, you will not be able to ignore him.
Maya – Rise Like A Phoenix
Dressed as a bride, Maya brought a very dramatic performance to the table and gave Kobi a huge fight. This Israeli mega star is born to sing, and we wonder what Conchita would say had she seen her tribute to her song. She received 85% of the votes and to be honest, gave us chills.
Only one of tonight’s candidates was eliminated, that was Klara Sabag. The other 11, will proceed to the next episode.
What do you think about Kobi’s and Maya’s performances? Did you like their interpretation to Fuego and Rise Like A Phonix? Did you like any other candidates? Let us know in the comments below!