The Israeli selection for Eurovision 2020, The Next Star for Eurovision, is in high gear. Last Saturday, the bootcamp phase kicked off, and Day 2 is now upon us. Five artists have already won a ticket to the Next Star final 20, and now, five more are through.
Next Star 2020 – second auditions results
Raviv Kaner, the Bradley Cooper lookalike who lost friends in the 2014 war, was the first of the episode to perform. He scored 92% in the first audition and wanted to continue his success with “Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles. His soulful performance won all judges’ votes, and he booked his spot in the top 20.
Moran Aharoni, the rock singer who blew the screen away at 88% with “Believer”, was next. She sang OneRepublic’s “Love Runs Out” with passion, vocal control and loads of sex appeal. All judges fell for her (though Shiri Maimon took a while) and she qualified directly to the top 20.
Dikla Malka qualified as a wildcard from the first audition. Her last name means “queen”, but her performance of “Who’s Lovin’ You” by the Jackson 5 didn’t justify her title. After two jurors voted against her, the rest of the jury was left arguing whether or not she should have a majority. She only won Static & Ben El’s vote and was eliminated.
Michael Tsidon was next on stage. He wanted to stand out, so he sang “Aramam” by Ibrahim Tetlises. His soulful presentation of the Turkish-language ballad impressed the judges, and all but Amdursky voted him through. As a result, he qualified to the Second Chance round.
Ofer Naveh was next in line. The judges didn’t know what to expect from Naveh after a polarising first audition. He chose to sing Assaf Amdursky’s “Yekirati”, a song that’s a known soft spot with the jury. Amdursky voted for Naveh, which was the biggest shock of the audition, while Shiri Maimon and Levy did not. He made the Second Chance round.
The Spices (HaTavlinim)
The Spices, the Eilat-based hard rock band, qualified to the bootcamp phase as a wildcard. They sang Marina Maximillian’s indie-pop song “Tango” in a hard-rock rendition. The judges agreed that The Spices had taken the judges’ advice from the first audition. So, with votes from all but Static & Ben El, the band qualified for Second Chance.
Lital David sang “Freedom” by Beyoncé and got no votes. Eylon Elkayam also failed to impress the judges with a ballad in Hebrew. Allan Botsoier sang Chontelle’s “Impossible” and got no votes.
Or Eddie, one half of the popular duo Kate & Or, qualified while Kim didn’t. She was next in line and sang “Ohevet Oti Amiti” by Omer Adam. Her Mizrahi singing polarised the judges’ panel, and she received votes from all but Itay Levy and Assaf Amdursky. Therefore, she went to the Second Chance round.
Avihu Pinhasov’s Rhythm Club
The sextet who came to troll the Israeli selection was up next. They performed a joke song titled “Avrum”, supposedly in memory of Reuven Atar, an otherwise unremarkable — and still living — former footballer. The judges loved the group’s uniqueness and unanimously voted them through to the top 20.
Second Chance / final decisions
Michael Tsidon was the first Second Chance qualifier to hear the verdict. He failed to make the final 20. The Spices (HaTavlinim) qualified to the next round. Or Eddie and Ofer Naveh remained, knowing one would qualify and the other would not. Eventually, Eddie made it to the final 20, and Naveh was eliminated.
The Spices and Or Eddie joined Raviv Kaner, Moran Aharoni, Avihu Pinhasov’s Rhythm Club and the five Day One qualifiers, with ten more spots still open to the remaining 38 bootcamp participants.
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