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!