60 artists qualified for the bootcamp phase of The Next Star for Eurovision, the Israeli artist selection for Eurovision 2020. But on Saturday, the journey to narrow 60 down to just 20 began. Here’s a summary of the exciting first bootcamp episode which saw five singers go through and six others go home.
Second auditions results
Ohad Shragai was the first to perform. He sang “Mono” by Shlomi Saranga. During his performance, he used a vocoder and a vocal looper and moved zanily on stage. All jurors except for Assaf Amdursky and Itay Levy voted for him. As a result, he qualified to the Second Chance round.
Lali Kolishkin was next in line. Her performance of “Addicted to You” by Avicii showed the jury that she’s worthy of passing the bootcamp. All jurors voted for her. As a result, she qualified directly to the final 20.
Then, Yahel Yaish went on stage. He barely passed his first audition, so he had to really bring it in order to make the top 20. So he sang “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran. Despite a good effort, only Static & Been El voted for him. As a result, he got eliminated.
Gaya Shaki, who gave an intriguing piano performance in the auditions, was next. She performed an acoustic, haunting version of “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga. Her fantastic vocal control got her votes from all jurors but Static & Ben El, which meant she goes to the Second Chance round.
Ella Lee Lahav
Ella Lee Lahav, the first audition of the season, went next. Juror Keren Peles even told her she’s one of the “memorable ones”. She sang Ariana Grande’s “Into You” and slayed the highest notes. She got votes from all jurors, and qualified directly to the final 20.
Galit Weitzman was next in line. She’s the oldest soloist — at the age of 45 — who made the bootcamp. Her cover of “Russian Roulette” had the judges polarised, but eventually it sufficed. On one hand she showed vocal ability, but on the other hand her accent was poor. She received votes from everyone but Assaf Amdursky and Static & Ben El, and made the Second Chance round.
Atara Oryah sang an original song, but only received a vote from Static & Ben El, and got eliminated from the contest. Then, Tzion Khuri sang “Proud” by Tamara Todevska and got no votes. So he was eliminated. Eden Shabi also got eliminated, receiving votes from Static & Ben El and Shiri Maimon.
Lidor Ben Atya
Lidor Ben Atya, who got 70% in the first audition, was next in line. She sang “HaLev Sheli” by Ishay Ribo and her Mizrahi voice got massive support from the judges. Only Keren Peles didn’t vote for Ben Atya, and she qualified for Second Chance.
Orr Amrami-Brockman, the Ukrainian-born teen with two fathers who scored the highest result ever, was the next bootcamp phase participant. He sang “Nitzakht Iti Hakol” by Amir Benayoun.
Second Chance / final decisions
Ohad Shragai and Gaya Shaki eventually qualified to the final 20, while Galit Weitzman and Lidor Ben Atya were eliminated. Shragai and Shaki joined Lali Kolishkin, Ella Lee Lahav and Orr Amrami-Brockman in the final 20. On the other hand, Weitzman and Ben Atya, along with Yaish, Oryah, Khuri and Shabi are out.
Five artists qualified to the final 20, while six artists got eliminated. 49 artists will find out their fate in the coming episodes.
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