It’s the show that never ends! Last Saturday, Israel narrowed down the number of remaining artists in The Next Star for Eurovision — their national selection for Eurovision 2020 — to 14. But somehow, we’re back to 16 after an elimination episode. That is because the production whipped up a four-way lifeline and brought back some of the fan favourites that missed out on a spot in the top 12. Here’s a quick roundup.
Israel: Next Star for Eurovision — Top 20 (Part Three)
Duel 9 – Oneg Israel vs Lali Kolishkin
The duel round saw Oneg Israel facing Lali Kolishkin in the penultimate battle. Oneg Israel went on stage first, to sing “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner. She tried to think out of the box with something far from her genre, but it only harmed her. She only got 47% with votes from two judges, Assaf Amdursky and Static & Ben El. Israel finished the performance teary-eyed, realising that her path had probably come to an end.
Lali Kolishkin performed “Turning Tables” by Adele, the song Oneg Israel auditioned with. Her vocal control and convincing performance won the jury over. She scored 88% with all jurors voting for her. Even if she hadn’t received votes from the jury, she’d still have enough support from the public vote to beat Oneg Israel’s score of 47%.
Duel 10 – Loai Ali vs Omer Eliyahu
Loai Ali and Omer Eliyahu, the two Mizrahi singers from Rehovot, were up against each other. The Druze Arab gave a powerful performance of “Linda Linda” by Haim Moshe. The public voters didn’t love Ali’s performance, but votes from Levy, Peles and Maimon helped him reach 60%.
Eliyahu chose to sing “Pri Ganekh” by Aviva Avidan. His Mizrahi, deep nasal singing style impressed the public, however it didn’t fare as well with the jury. Eliyahu’s raw emotion helped him pass Loai Ali’s score in the final seconds. He scored 68%.
Lifelines: Four new wildcards
The Spices, Or Eddie, Nathan Quatorze, Avihu Pinhasov’s Rhythm Club, Dana Lapidot, Raviv Kaner, Oneg Israel and Loai Ali all failed to qualify to the final 12, but four wildcards were chosen to continue, expanding the team back to 16. Firstly, Loai Ali’s name was called. He was currently doing a concert so he couldn’t attend. Then, with three names to choose from, the next wildcard the jury picked was Raviv Kaner. The jurors then saved both bands, Eilat rock band The Spices and troll act Avihu Pinhasov’s Rhythm Club.
The Next Star for Eurovision: what next?
The final 16 will duel, but instead of performing one song each, they will duet on a single song. Promos leading up to Episode 23, which will air this Saturday night, show Ella Lee Lahav will face Orr Amrami-Brockman.
The grand final, which will determine who will represent Israel, will take place on 4 February. The winner’s Eurovision song will be selected through Kdam Eurovision 2020, probably in early March.
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