Now that Lithuania’s national selection for Eurovision is no longer painfully long, Israel‘s national selection takes the cake. At 27 episodes, The Next Star for Eurovision has succeeded in being the longest Eurovision selection in existence. But there is much more to come, seeing as we’re only down to the final 11. In any case, here is a short summary of the past week’s elimination episodes.

Chair Challenge – 16 and 18 January

On Thursday, 16 January and Saturday, 18 January, the Chair Challenge took place. The Chair Challenge is a single-elimination concept in which all participants perform and sit in the chair if they scored the lowest result so far. After all the singers performed, the person sitting in the chair got eliminated. The results of this round were as follows.

Performances

    • First place: Raviv Kaner, “Feeling Good”, 90% (50 from public vote)

    • Second place: Lali Kolishkin, “Wings”, 89% (49 from public vote)

    • Third place: Eden Alene, “Ilu Yakholti”, 86% (46 from public vote)

  • Loai Ali, “Livhor Nakhon”, 85% (45 from public vote)
  • Ella Lee Lahav, “I Kissed a Girl”, 84% (44 from public vote)
  • Eden Zohar Sivan, “Sax”, 84% (44 from public vote)
  • Orr Amrami-Brockman, “Ad Makhar”, 83% (51 from public vote; public’s winner)
  • Moran Aharoni, “Always Remember Us This Way”, 83% (43 from public vote)
  • Dor’el Sa’adon, “The Reason”, 77% (45 from public vote)
  • Omer Eliyahu, “MiMa At Mefakhedet”, 76% (44 from public vote)
  • Gaya Shaki, “Halomot Shel Aherim”, 71% (31 from public vote)
  • Ohad Shragai, “Ve’Im Preda”, 68% (36 from public vote)
  • Eliminated: Avihu Pinhasov’s Rhythm Club, “Let’s Dance”, 43% (19 from public vote)

Summary

Ohad Shragai sat in the chair for almost the entire duration of the Chair Challenge, when Avihu Pinhasov overtook his low score of 68%, with just 43%. Pinhasov received the lowest score from both the jury and the public vote, so he was eliminated. Raviv Kaner, on the other hand, won the round with 90%, receiving the highest possible score from the jury and the second-highest score given by the public voters.

Final 12 duels – 19 and 20 January

On Sunday, 19 January, and Monday, 20 January, the final 12 were reduced to 11. In this round, 6 duels took place, and the judges chose the weakest of the six duel losers to go home.

The results of this round were as follows (duel winners are in bold).

Performances

    • Eden Zohar Sivan – “Ain’t No Other Man” 76% vs Gaya Shaki – “Dance Monkey” 91%

    • Raviv Kaner – “Galim” 74% vs Lali Kolishkin – “She Wolf (Falling to Pieces)” 88%

    • Orr Amrami-Brockman – “Human” 81% vs Omer Eliyahu – “Tokho Razuf Ahava” 48%
    • Ohad Shragai – “Dangerous Woman” 61% vs Moran Aharoni – “Stone Cold” 88%

    • Eden Alene – “Locked Out of Heaven” 91% vs Dor’el Sa’adon – “Titanium” 85%

  • Loai Ali – “Iceland” 62% vs Ella Lee Lahav – “Toxic” 80%
  • Eliminated: Omer Eliyahu

Summary

While last round’s runners-up Lali Kolishkin and Eden Alene slayed, Chair Challenge winner Raviv Kaner only scored the ninth-best result of this round. But the judges remembered what he was worth and saved him. So, Omer Eliyahu, who only reached a score of 48%, was eliminated.

The Next Star for Eurovision – what next?

The grand final of The Next Star, on 4 February, is less than two weeks away. Over the next week, the artists will do the Idan Raichel challenge, to honour the Israeli musician who performed as an interval act in Eurovision 2019.

11 artists remain, who is your favourite? Can anyone bring the Eurovision trophy to Israel? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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I’m adding a link to a report/article which explains what’s the real motivation behind the participation of 3 of the most high profile contestants of this season. It boils down to raising their ‘share value’ portfolio. In other words: simple economics. The article was published soon after Avihu Pinahsov’s rhythm Band’s elimination episode was aired (when it was actually recorded at least 4 weeks earlier). The 2 other contestants mentioned here are still on the show as far as viewers are aware. https://www.mako.co.il/tv-live-at-night/articles/Article-49cdc5beecfbf61027.htm I’m not suggesting they came on the show without a theoretical desire to win, but they must… Read more »

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gilpgilp

Thanks for the link. This is not surprising. I wouldn’t say it means that these performers don’t also want to win the contest. They can raise their value and also want to win. BTW when is the final show with the final four? I thought it was next week, Feb 4?

sam
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Feb 4 is the date. I’m sure they would have loved to win it but realistically they knew who they were up against and what the show’s demographics is in reality, so financial considerations played a big part in their decision to accept the production’s invitation in return for maximum exposure. There’s no contradiction there. Anyway, now that we know who is on semi final 1, I’m a bit concerned about our chances because at least 7 out of the 17 participating countries will qualify based on their impeccable or nearly impeccable past record (Sweden, Russia, Ukraine, Australia, Azerbaijan, Norway… Read more »

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

I wouldn’t be too concerned about the other countries until we see who they choose. Israel competing in the second half is a positive development. So in the next few shows between now and Feb 4 they will go from 9 to 4?

sam
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sam

I’m not really sure. I understood that the semi final on Feb 2 will feature 8 contestants (according to Israel Hayom about 2 weeks ago when this semi was recorded), but then why would they name Thursday’s and Saturday’s episodes as ‘The Quarter final’ if only one contestant is eliminated?
By the way, there is no such thing as a quarter final with 9 participants so the title itself is misleading.

sam
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Update: According to Keshet12’s broadcast schedule, there will be one elimination on Thursday. There will be two semi finals: semi final 1 on Saturday and semi final 2 on Sunday. Each semi will introduce 4 contestants. It’s unclear if 2 eliminations take place on each semi or whether all 4 eliminations are known only on Sunday. On Friday, Jan 31, there will be a special presentation on Keshet12 starting at 22:50 pm which will feature each semi finalist’s journey throughout the show.

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

Thank you for the update!

sam
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sam

Oops…Eden Alena would have one heck of a meltdown on Thursday and would even confront Asaf Amdursky as tears drop down her eyes…
I’ve just seen the latest promo released before the commercial breaks on Wednesday evening. I bet she got her lowest score ever, but not the lowest one on the night.

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NoGeoblocks

The worst thing that could happen is if Eden wins. The girl has no ability to touch. She can sing well, she can perform, but she cannot get emotions out of her audience. She’s been around for a couple of years now and had no success in the local market. There’s a reason for that. Eden in Eurovision will be a disaster. Terrible, predictable, boring.

Hi, Gil!

sam
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sam

You’re factually inaccurate about her accomplishments since winning The X-Factor exactly 2 years ago and also probably unaware that she’s been in the military for the past year and a half or so. I’m not advocating for her victory, but speaking in absolutes and throwing shade like that is a misrepresentation of her abilities.

Li b
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Li b

Where??

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

@Sam posted it in the comments here. If you want a spoiler and to find out find his comment. https://wiwibloggs.com/2020/01/11/israel-next-star-for-eurovision-episode-22/247636/

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AsseMF

I’m so sad ? That Melodifestivalen won’t make any new stage design for the coming 2 years… They will use the stage of last year but use other themes to make it look a bit different.
Melodifestivalen always came up with grand stages but not anymore…

sam
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In anticipation for tonight’s show, Keshet released a teaser with Eden Alena’s song which will be partially sung in Amharic. This will be a first for Eden and also for the show if I correctly recall, but what’s interesting is that if you watch the teaser, you’ll notice that the percentage graph is missing. One explanation could be that this footage was taken from the rehearsals, but it doesn’t really look like it. Is it possible that the graphs are only added during post-production? Very revealing…
https://www.mako.co.il/tv-the-next-star/season7-articles/Article-d17446e0052df61026.htm?sCh=76f9b4276146e610&pId=173113802

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

And she did a fantastic job and 89%. A performance like this is unique and professional enough to be a top placement at Eurovision. This is why she gives Israel the best chance. Unfortunately I think the Israeli public will ultimately choose Orr or Ella Lee instead because they are fresh faces.

sam
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It was an opportunity to reconnect with her roots and turned out to be sublime and ethereal. She constantly gets very high percentages even though she’s not always on the mark. Her effervescence and carefree spirit can be contagious, but she should avoid pop dance songs and focus on soul, r&b or ethno-folk. That’s when her groove and vibe are at their best.

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

Agree @Sam!

NoGeoblocks
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NoGeoblocks

Once again,, Eden delivers a technically good performance with zero emotion. Proving she’d be the worst choice for Eurovision. When Eden sings, it’s impossible to believe her. Lali and Moran Aharoni are miles better. And of course Orr and Ella-lee

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gilpgilp

As @Sam reported, the top 4 have been released. Out of these it seems that the public wants Ella Lee or Orr. Between these Ella Lee is a better choice. I don’t see her coming close to winning but she can make the final with the right song and performance. I just think they are both so amateurish at this early stage of their career and it will not fly at Eurovision. Orr especially. He improvises on stage for emotional appeal as if he’s having a heart attack. Kobi last year also emotionally improvised on stage, which the Israeli public… Read more »

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It’s possible that all this chatter around Orr and Ella Lee is just one big smoke screen. The producers can’t completely ignore the feedback they’re getting on the show’s website, on its various social media accounts and what music critics say and write on the printed and online media. On the other hand, they may have other ideas about who is best qualified to carry out the task. It’s not like the percentage graphs can’t be tampered with if duty calls. Just saying.

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

Well Orr didn’t exactly light it up today (no pun intended) at a 75% score

sam
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sam

His vocals were a bit aggressive and went beyond what was required. He got too carried away, came off too strong and his mannerisms got the better of him. That can be hypnotizing, distracting and intimidating at the same time, so it was proper for the judges to address it. His vocals and raw emotion always leave you in awe but there is a certain unease when his inner turmoil spills over. Maybe Eurovision is not what he needs at this point of his life, but a respectable second place could do wonders for his future as a very sought… Read more »

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

He’s an amateur. He doesn’t know how to behave on stage yet.

NoGeoblocks
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NoGeoblocks

He’s himself on stage and it is beautiful. He feel right at home there. He is much more professional and experienced than the 16 years olds on the show. Stop. It. Already

GaysBest
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My 5:
Moran Aharoni, Orr AB, Eden Alene & Lali

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

Two of these don’t make the final (this is not my opinion – it has been released).

noGeoblock
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noGeoblock

No spoilers please. This is still a TV show.

noGeoblocks
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noGeoblocks

There’s only 4 here!

Mine are: Orr AB, Ella-Lee, Gaia Shaki and Moran Aharoni.

Good like to all!

noGeoblock
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noGeoblock

100%, no other way, no chance in hell that anyone but Orr will win this.

Orr is the only choice.
gili agrees.

gili
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gili

no i dont, or is ok but way way overrated.
Ella lee must and will win !!! mark my words

noGeoblock
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noGeoblock

Really? You never said it as reply to EVERY COMMENT HERE, so I wasn’t sure…

Love how confident you are.
Orr will win! Anyone else will be a disaster… (just so you know – I LOVE Ella-lee and think she will also be a great choice too. just can’t stand your behavior here… stop it.)

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

I am agreeing with gili that Ella Lee is better between the two. After the way things went last year though I could see Orr winning. The public never learns from its mistakes (or maybe the public just doesn’t really care about who will do better at Eurovision).

noGeoblock
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noGeoblock

Again- between Orr and Ella-lee, it doesn’t really mater, personally i prefer Orr.

BUT- There are no mistakes when it comes to art. There are no rights or wrong, and there are not disasters. It is only Eurovision and it should be fun. You guys and your dramatic statements are not helping anything. you guys need to stop it.

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

I agree it is a fun contest but disagree that there are no rights or wrongs. It’s still a contest after all with the purpose to score as high as possible. If someone comes in nearly last place it is clear that was not the right choice for the contest. But if you are part of the public that does not care about Eurovision placement then yes there’s no right or wrong.

noGeoblock
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noGeoblock

Yes. Imri Ziv was very very bad choice, true. But we all survived!
And no, I do not care about placement, I only care for good quality music.

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

Okay then if you don’t care about placement I can see your perspective. I do care about placement and would like Israel to make the top 10. My opinions are not based on who I personally believe is the best singer or the best music, it’s purely who I think will do well in Eurovision. I actually appreciated Kobi’s song last year but he was not meant for Eurovision.

Gil Dadia
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Gil Dadia

Will see…i hate to be smiling last but i will fir sure.
Or has to grow up

gili
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gili

Leese
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Leese

#teamOrr

gili
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gili

Ella lee will win for sure

Cassey
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Cassey

For sure Ella Lee (aka Britney Spears wannabe, aka Zena, Belarus representive for 2019 who ended up in the 25th(!) place with only 31 points , even worse than Kobi) will NOT win. People don’t want another generic pop singer having discovered someone actually unique like Netta.

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

@cassey you have a great point about how Ella Lee would be viewed at Eurovision. But I don’t think the public in Israel cares one way or another.

Gil Dadia
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Gil Dadia

No dude, she has her own voice and style…she will be a star and i wont be surprised if eurovision goes back to israel next year. I hope she will get a very good song

TLV
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TLV

What a shallow comparison between Ella-Lee and Zena. Come on!

Zheng
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Zheng

Lali Kolishkin for win!!

Joe
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Joe

HaKokhav HaBa is like Energizer batteries: it keeps going and going and going…

Roy Moreno
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Roy Moreno

It’s a nightmare for me, an Israeli Eurovision fan…
But most of the Israelis here are enjoying it as a reality show
I’m just glad it won’t use as our selection next year

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

@Roy I agree it has become disconnected from Eurovision.

sam
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sam

Totally. The show lost its momentum because the broadcaster squeezed the life out of it. The elimination process is deliberately slowed down at the moment with each challenge round or duel round resulting in just one elimination. Considering that each round spans over at least 2 or 3 episodes, the pace and dynamism are being compromised in favor of special guests either joining the judges’ panel or engaging with the contestants on stage. I don’t deny that the performances set a very high bar this year and nearly all the contestants are of the highest caliber, but that’s not an… Read more »