The Next Star for Eurovision 2020, one of the longest Eurovision selections of all time, has come to an end. At last, Israel has chosen, and the Ethiopian-Israeli soul singer Eden Alene will represent Israel in Rotterdam this May.
The 19-year-old beat Orr Amrami-Brockman, Gaya Shaki and Ella Lee Lahav in the nerve-wracking grand final. She passed to the second round as a wildcard. But she shone once there, winning both the jury vote and the public vote
The Next Star for Eurovision 2020 – Grand final results
The first duel of the first round of the grand final was Eden Alene vs Orr Amrami-Brockman. They both impressed the judges and received votes from all of them but Amdursky. So, the viewers were left with their hands on the reins. Orr Amrami-Brockman won the duel with the Hebrew ballad “Aba”, scoring 73%. Eden Alene, who performed “Where Have You Been”, got 66%.
The second duel saw Gaya Shaki performing “My Immortal” against Ella Lee Lahav’s version of the pop hit “Into You”. The judges had a clear favourite, giving Gaya Shaki all the possible points, and two judges voting against Ella Lee Lahav. However, the pre-show fan favourite won huge support from the public and won with 75%. Gaya Shaki only scored 61%, getting eliminated from the show.
- Ella Lee Lahav with 75% (votes from three judges) – Qualified
- Orr Amrami-Brockman with 73% (votes from four judges) – Qualified
- Eden Alene with 66% (votes from four judges) – Wildcard
- Gaya Shaki with 61% (votes from all five judges) – Eliminated
Orr Amrami-Brockman performed first, singing “Ha’im Lihiyot Bakh Me’ohav”. Second in line was fan favourite Ella Lee Lahav with Katy Perry’s “Roar”, and then Eden Alene closed the show with “Halo”. Then, it was time for the juries and the public to decide. Approximately two million votes were cast, breaking the all-time record.
The results were as follows:
- Eden Alene with 260 points
- Ella Lee Lahav with 182 points
- Orr Amrami-Brockman with 158 points
Eden Alene will represent Israel in Eurovision 2020
Eden Alene (19) from Kiryat Gat is the winner of The Next Star for Eurovision. She is the youngest Israeli representative since Nadav Guedj, and the first born in the new millennium. She is also the first Ethiopian to participate in Eurovision.
Runner-up Ella Lee Lahav won our flash poll with 40.95% (613 votes). Winner Eden Alene closely followed with 38.21% (572 votes). In third was Orr Amrami-Brockman, finishing with a total of 15.16% (227 votes).
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