It’s the process for selecting the Israeli representative for Eurovision 2019. And now The Next Star has entered the next stage – the gladiator battle.

In a succession of duels on January 20-21, Israel’s eleven remaining gladiators duelled to the death.

Now the dust has settled and ten remain in the race to represent Israel in May. But first here’s a recap of what went down during those duels.

1. Daniel V Maya

Daniel was picked by the judges as the first candidate to battle and he chose Maya, despite the fact that she’s a hot favourite to win.

His performance of “Grenade” by Bruno Mars was very confident and he achieved 73%.

Maya sang “Warrior” by Demi Lovato and wasn’t at her best. For the first time in the season, the judges had to criticise her. It’s slightly awkward, as she’s a well-known artist in the Israeli music industry, but she accepted it positively. She received 64% of the votes.

2. Maya v Shefita

Because Maya lost to Daniel, she had to duel again and chose Shefita, aka the Arabic Diva. Shefita, who is becoming more popular in the show as it goes on (with some commentators and judges rooting for her), performed an original song that she’d written and was again quite extravagant. She also achieved a higher result than Maya – 69% – and proceeded to the next stage.

3. Maya v Danielle

Danielle, who was one of Netta’s backing singers in Lisbon, came next. Although her debut at the show was very promising, she’s been struggling lately. She performed “Toxic” by Britney Spears but as judge Shiri Maimon rightly noticed, something with her voice was not quite working. She only received 59% of the votes, which saved Maya and meant Danielle had to duel again.

4. Danielle v Avraham

Next came Avraham. As opposed to Danielle, his debut at the show had been quite weak and no one thought that he would survive this very strong season. But not only has he managed to succeed, he has become one of the frontrunners. He performed “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse whilst playing on his piano. Avraham received the highest mark of the episodes – 88% – and easily passed to the next stage, leaving Danielle in the danger seat.

5. Daninelle v Osher

Next came Osher who has been crowned as the best Mizrahi singer in this season (and there were many of them). Judge Harel Skaat has said that Israel should send a Mizrahi song in Hebrew for Tel Aviv and that Osher would be a good choice to sing it since the beginning of the show. Osher sang “Harbe Nishar Miemeh” (“There Is A Lot From You Left”) but unlike his previous performances in this season, he failed to impress the audience and achieved 48%. Danielle was saved again and he had to occupy the impeachment chair.

6. Osher v Shalva (band)

For the first time since the beginning of the season, Shalva received feedback that their performance lacked the spark it normally has. They performed “Hallelujah” and despite the fact that they beat Osher with 76%, they weren’t at their best.

7. Osher v Ofri

Ofri was very emotional at this show and so her performance was a bit shaky. She also confessed that she’s not confident enough to sing in English and therefore she performed a song in Hebrew (Ahava Kazo – “Such Love”). Some wonder whether she’s strong enough to perform on a huge stage such as Eurovision because of her age and her lack of experience. However she was still able to proceed and leave Osher on the impeachment chair, having achieved 54% of the votes.

8. Osher v Kobi

Kobi had literally begged Osher to give him a fight next and fight he did. It is not a secret that Kobi’s been tipped as one of the favourites. He performed the “Circle Of Life” which was not his best choice. But he’s so unique that even when he misses the mark, he still stands out from most of the other candidates. He achieved 70% of the votes, his lowest mark, but enough to proceed to the next stage.



9. Osher v Tay

Osher was left with two strong candidates at this point – Tay and Ketreyah. Tay was next and she performed “Love On The Brain” by Rihanna. She’s the dark horse and although this wasn’t her best performance, she received 64% which was enough to advance in the competition.

10. Osehr v Ketreyah

For the first time, Ketreyah, who is a native English speaker, performed a song in Hebrew (called Kshehalev Boche, originally performed by Sarit Hadad, Israel’s representative in Tallinn 2002) and as usual nailed it! After Avraham, she received the best result in this show – 86%.

Having received the lowest score, Osher was eliminated.

These are the ten finalists of the Next Star (ranked by highest to lowest score):

Avraham – 88%
Ketreyah – 86%
Shalva (band) – 76%
Daniel – 73%
Kobi – 70%
Shefita – 69%
Maya – 64%
Tay – 64%
Danielle – 59%
Ofri – 54%

Osher – 48% (eliminated).

Who do you want to see win The Next Star? Let us know in the comments below!

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Miguel
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Miguel

The finalists are known… Shalva, Maya and Kitria.
The fourth will be a wildcarder (Osher or Kobi).

CyxCy
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CyxCy

Honestly this time I can not give my opinion, I have not managed to see all the videos. This is not the fault of the singers who are for some very good, but the regular interruptions of the songs to see the faces of the public or the jury (who do not even say something interesting), it is absolutely unbearable. This concept is totally disrespectful to the candidates. We are invited to discover new singers, and no one in the room, not even the camera, is interested by people who are singing.

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

Shalva/Maya/Ketriya are the top three and I think the final two will be Maya and Ketriya.

Shijie
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Shijie

You can find a lot of Mayas and Ketriyas in any western country
but Shefita and Shakva band are one of a kind

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

Maya and Ketriya are the two best singers . Maya a better singer but Ketriya is more energy and different. Look at Austria 2018 who came in second place. Ketriya is a better version of this.

CDH
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CDH

My Top:
1. Avraham de Carvalho (Please let him win)
2. Maya Bouskilla
3. Shefita
4. Ofri Calfon

Cookie
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Cookie

My top 3:
1. Abraham de caravalio
2. Kitriya
3. Shefita

🙂

Kris P. Kreme
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Kris P. Kreme

Anyone knows what time first batch of Melodifestivalen snippets will be released?

Robyn Gallagher
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poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

I heard somewhere that Katerine Duska will be representing Greece this year. Is that true?

Loin dici
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Loin dici

It can be true, we’ll see it today ( it’s already 31st here 😀 ) !

Polegend Godgarina
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All this Shefita stanning, yas

NoGeoblocks
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NoGeoblocks

Kobi for the win! The only one (besides maybe Shefita) who can make actual waves at Eurovision. The rest are good too, but no one compares…

Loin dici
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Loin dici

But sadly Kobi is out now 🙁 There’s a rumor that he will come back as a final wildcard, I hope that happens soon!

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

Kobi is out. He never had a real chance. Too amateurish.

Oded
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Oded

Shefita is by far the most talented if the contestants

Stella
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Stella

Shefita is growing on me

Miguel
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Miguel

Shefita is amazing. I wish people would apreciate her more. I know she won’t be representing Israel in Tel Aviv but i am rooting for her. For everyone saying europeans will think she is moking arabic culture, that is not the case… I am western european and i know she isn’t.
I am still loving Shalva.

Javier
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Javier

She won’t represent Israel? Why?

Miguel
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Miguel

She consistently has the lowest scores. I doubt she will win the show.
The final will be Shalva VS Kitria based on their weekly results.

Javier
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Javier

But I prefer Avraham de Carvalho

Miguel
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Miguel

Avraham is awesome and very charismatic. I also like him, He has been having inconsistent results thought. Not performances, just the scores. His performances are always great.
Just as a curiosity here are the highest and lowest marks each contestant had so far:

Kitria 95 (83)
Shalva Band 95 (76)
Maya Buskila 94 (64)
Ofri Calfon 94 (55)
Daniel Barzilay 92 (59)
Tay 89 (64)
Avraham de Carvalho 88 (56)
Shefita 83 (37)
Kobi Marimi 81 (48) (eliminated)
Danielle 69 (54) (eliminated)

natth
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natth

Kobi is already out of the competition… The top 9/semi final competitors has/have already been revealed.

Andrew
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Andrew

I love Ketryah -from Ireland

Shijie
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Shijie

shefita is my favorite? she slayed the song but the audience in studio are mostly into genric songs with high notes I guess. Shalva could also do very well in Eurovision

Ndkdd
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Ndkdd

Ketreyah neeeeeds to win

Idan
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Idan

You guys are so far behind!

Idan Cohen
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Idan Cohen

Kitria’s performance is the best vocal performance we’ve ever had in the next rising star, period. She can even beat unbeatable past vocalists like Hovi abd Chen!

The amount of time I replayed her rendition of “kshehalev bokhe”.. my computer is crying lol. I adore the fact that she threw away all the Mizrahi tunes and added R&B vibes instead.

I wish she wins this. I hate Kobi and Maya. She is the only one in this group who can bring us the double (I’m also pro-Avraham but we all know he has been eliminated)

Dddd
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Dddd

She’s just ok.
If she wins I see her doing the same as Australia did last year.

Idan Cohen
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Idan Cohen

you mean, singing a very generic pop song about love while being completely off tune and having weird staging and clothes? I don’t see that, nor I understand the comparison..

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

I agree Ketriya is good and maybe the best chance for Israel. Maya is also very good, a fundamentally better singer and more polished than Ketriya. But I am afraid Maya would be too generic in the contest. Outside of these two (and maybe Shalva), nobody else really has a chance.

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

Kobi was eliminated as well – Wiwibloggs will write about it in the next article
Anyway, I think the winner should be Maya (though I know we won’t get a double or something that high)

gili
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gili

kobi is coming back after the semi final, its just a teaser from the production, kobi will be in the final for sure…its a fact

Shijie
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Shijie

You are delusional, he gone, thank you, next.

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

He was literally eliminated in one of the last episodes, THAT’s a fact…

Nadav
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Nadav

**SPOILERS AHEAD IF LEAKS ARE TRUE**
It’s supposedly been leaked that there’s going to be a wildcard round where he’ll be voted back in, and that he’ll be in the final with Shalva, Ketreyah, Shefita, and Maya. I have my doubts about these leaks, but that’s what people have been saying.

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

So is the final of the next star next week?

tvescfan
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tvescfan

No, it’s planned on February 12th.

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

Oh, in the article it says these are the ten finalists.

Loin dici
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Loin dici

Ketreyah’s also amazing!!

Loin dici
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Loin dici

SHEFITAS SONG IS BROKEN AMAZING!! Would love to see Shefita in the Prism Stage in May!

just me
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just me

prepare for a scandal in romania.. some of army of love lyrics are taken from 2016 post i hope wiwi will make an article
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2070974772997757&set=gm.2192347244151046&type=3&theater&ifg=1

Konrad
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Konrad

I hope Shefita will win the whole thing but it seems like she doesn’t appeal to the audience in the studio so I’m nervous.

gili
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gili

the problem is the the israelis dont want eurpop to think that israel is making a joke out of the arab culture….shefita totally doesnt do that but there will always be haters that will try to say that she is

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

No the problem is that Shefita is not nearly as good of a performer as the others. That’s it.

Joe
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Joe

Shalva Band are apparently considering a withdrawal because of Eurovision rehearsals taking place on Shabbat. Would be a shame if they did.

Sal
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Sal

The same issue is also going to dictate the interval act for the final on May 18th – Omer Adam has ruled out performing in the final.

Joe
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Joe

One of the Israeli papers said that it’s determined Idan Raichel will be the interval act.

Javier
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Javier

Is it news or your guess?