It began three months ago and has had us entertained ever since. 

And tonight The Next Star for Eurovision comes to an end.

One act will win Israel’s final and a coveted ticket to the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv in May.

If our readers have their way, Kobi Marimi will be the one singing on stage at the Expo Tel Aviv in three months time.

He won our flash poll of The Next Star for Eurovision finalists with 39% of all votes cast. His performances have led fans to dub Kobi Israel’s answer “Freddie Mercury”.

Kobi’s margin of victory over second-place Shefita was clear. The dark horse of the season only received 26% of the vote. That perhaps reflects a slower start in the competition than Kobi. Israeli fans have taken time to warm up to the Arab Diva through the competition.

Shefita has close competition from third place Ketreyah. The native English speaker who has covered Rihanna and Little Mix throughout the show, won 22% of your votes. She has shown great versatility in the competition, lending her voice to upbeat songs and ballads.

Israeli star Maya Buskila brings up the rear. Despite 15 years professional experience, she only received 13% of the vote in our flash poll.

The final of The Next Star for Eurovision will take place tonight from 20:15CET. Last year’s final involved two rounds, duels and a head-to-head superfinal, so you know tonight Israel will bring the drama.

At the end of voting Israel will have it’s artist for Eurovision 2019. Ynet reports the song will be chosen in February and released in March.

Who do you want to win tonight? Do you think Kobi is the best choice for Israel? Or another of the three artists? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Corn Unicorn
Corn Unicorn
2 years ago

Congratulations on the last place, Israel! Now the question is who do I vote for out of the rest of the countries…?

Ana
Ana
2 years ago
Reply to  Corn Unicorn

It is plain stupid to do those claims when there’s no song yet. Just a stupid comment.

shijie
shijie
2 years ago

Kobi won,,,,,, Israel will not be in the top10 this year

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 years ago

I think results will be:
4) Shefita
3) Ketreyah
1/2) Maya VS Kobi
People here in Israel are in for Kobi because of the hype and thought that any ‘different’ artist will surely do well at Eurovision
However, his operatic style will not do well with televoters and probably not that well with juries as well
Look at Azerbaijan 2012 – a powerful vocalist with an amazing song with Azeri elements
We need either Ketreyah or Maya to have a powerful ballad/up tempo song, doesn’t matter in which language with some Israeli elements to it

srulik
srulik
2 years ago

I hope he won’t win, he is too dramatic for my taste. BTW the song will be chosen by the public from 4 songs just like UMK

Idan Cohen
Idan Cohen
2 years ago

Lol. I’ve been rooting for Kitria for a long time now, but in the last 24 hours something has changed within me and now I’m all for Shefita!

I want her to win so badly!

Gol
Gol
2 years ago

Kobi is good but he is not shefita

Corn Unicorn
Corn Unicorn
2 years ago

Nope. Fun fact: not only did we see plenty of Kobis in the Eurovision, which means he’s not that unique at all, theatrical never wins. It almost never even makes it to the top 10., and Kobi obviously can’t do anything else. He hasn’t even mastered his own genre while almost all other contestants improved a lot during the competition. What’s worse, this week I found out that Kobi had taken 3 years of acting classes, at a top acting school. As a person who went to acting school as well, I can tell you I never would have guessed!… Read more »

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 years ago
Reply to  Corn Unicorn

I wish people here in Israel were thinking like you and actually checking what genres tend to do well at Eurovision and which flops…

Alkisiti
Alkisiti
2 years ago

Kobi and Shefita are great singers. I hope whoever wins gets a decent song that they deserve.

Yanis2Y
Yanis2Y
2 years ago

His voice is AMAZING.
I’d really love him to win, although I think it’s going to be either Ketreyah or Shefita.

gili
gili
2 years ago

still dont know who to vote for..kobi or shefita….very hard decision ):

Elf
Elf
2 years ago

At first I thought he was Mahmood

NoGeoblocks
NoGeoblocks
2 years ago

Love Kobi – My favorite since his first audition, BUT –
Now i’m nervous for him.
Those who do well in these polls tend not to win anything in the end…

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 years ago
Reply to  NoGeoblocks

We’ll see it this night (or morning, for the Asia-Pacific region). All four of them are amazing, no one’s left out!

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 years ago

On a side note, Mahmood confirmed his participation in ESC!

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
2 years ago
Reply to  Loin dici

Great news, he’s going to bring so much quality to Eurovision 2019, with songs that thus far, let’s be fair, mostly weren’t blowing us away. See you in May, Mahmood!

L'oiseau
L'oiseau
2 years ago
Reply to  Loin dici

Ufff!!! Thank you for that info! Great!!

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 years ago

To be honest, all i care about is an amazing song. So i really don’t know who to pick out of these since i don’t know any of the songs that KAN received.
Ketreyah is my personal favorite though. She also seems like a versatile performer.

Polegend Godgarina
2 years ago

that’s not how u spell shefita

Loin dici
Loin dici
2 years ago

Yay… I guess?

Evan
Evan
2 years ago

Kobi is so labored when he sings. It’s an insult to Freddie Mercury to associate the two!