Israel’s search for an artist for Rotterdam 2020 — The Next Star for Eurovision — began in mid-November. On 2 February, the expert panel and studio audience chose the final four. But now, they’ll have to narrow four down to just one. It is your turn to help the Israeli public decide: Who should win The Next Star for Eurovision?

The Next Star for Eurovision – The four finalists

The four finalists Israel selected are Eden Alene, Ella Lee Lahav, Gaya Shaki and Orr Amrami-Brockman. While the choices are genre-wise diverse, what connects the four is that they’re all 19 or younger. Now, it’s time to decide who our readers like most. Here are the four finalists with their semi-final performances. You can check them all out below and then vote in our flash poll.

You wont’ have to wait long to see if your expectations match reality, because the final takes place tonight, 4 February.

Eden Alene


Eden Alene (19 from Kiryat Gat) has already experienced winning a singing show before. The former X Factor Israel winner easily sailed through the early rounds but had some trouble in the semi-final. By virtue of her exquisite ability to sustain pressure, she earned a wildcard spot. Her soulful R&B performances make her special, and maybe it’s enough to make her the first Ethiopian Israeli to represent the country at Eurovision.

Ella Lee Lahav


By far the biggest favourite to win, Ella Lee Lahav (17 from Shoham) is already a star in Israel. She’s only 17, but on stage, she shows maturity and brilliant vocal control. It’s hard to believe that three months ago nobody knew her name. While she’s already reached the status of a star in Israel, the road to Rotterdam is not yet paved. The pop singer needs to live up to the expectations on the final night and earn the ticket to Eurovision 2020.

Gaya Shaki

Gaya Shaki (18 from Moshav Hadid) is definitely the dark horse of the Israeli selection. She shone with piano ballads throughout the season, and her semi-final performance of “Wrecking Ball” was a new high. With the help of her impressive performance, Shaki passed as a wildcard and beat Lali Kolishkin. She’s shown her ability to slay in different genres, from blues to pop – can the surprise finalist win it all?

Orr Amrami-Brockman

The only guy in this final hopes to live up to Kobi Marimi’s success in his female-dominated final. It’s the Ukrainian-born Orr Amrami-Brockman, who received endless praises for his stage performances. He also matched the highest score ever achieved in the contest (excluding jury-only phases) with a 97% audition. But the grand final will be a difficult obstacle on the way to Rotterdam.

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gilpgilp
gilpgilp
8 months ago

Eden won!! I didn’t think this would happen but I’m so happy it was the right choice 100%. It wasn’t even close. Eden will be top 10 at eurovision!

sam
sam
8 months ago
Reply to  gilpgilp

Remember how we talked about how much all this focus on Ella Lee and Orr is actually a smoke screen for Eden (or Gaya)? Can’t wait for the comparisons with Destiny from Malta. It’s unavoidable even though wrong on so many levels.

gilpgilp
gilpgilp
8 months ago
Reply to  sam

@Sam yes I remember you said it could be a smokescreen, but I still didn’t believe she would win because of all the hype for Ella Lee and Orr. The choice though always seemed obvious to me. Orr and Ella Lee both looked like amateurs today compared to Eden. I’m so happy Israel made the right choice. I’m looking forward to a top place at the final in May!

Logical Person
Logical Person
8 months ago
Reply to  gilpgilp

It was fake hype by the production because they wanted one of them to win.

The Israeli audience showed taste tonight.

Joe
Joe
8 months ago

Wowee! We were saying it was between Orr and Ella-Lee, but we forgot about Eden’s powerhouse capabilities. Apparently (I couldn’t get the livestream working, sadly), she was excellent tonight. Well done! See you in Rotterdam, and here’s hoping the national selection bags her a good song too.

Joe
Joe
8 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Also: yeah, I get it, we judge the contestants not by the color of the skin but by the content of their songs…but isn’t it amazing that we already have three people of color competing this year? Representation matters, y’all. It’s good to see Eurovision reflecting that.

Colin
Colin
8 months ago

Congrats, Eden!!! A deserved victory based on what I’ve heard tonight. Stunning voice. Now she only needs a stunning song too. 🙂

Colin
Colin
8 months ago

Eden’s Halo was WOW! No wonder she got so many votes. Orr’s song seemed very emotional. Even if I don’t speak Hebrew, it moved me. Ella has so much energy! Whoever wins, they have potential. It will all depend on the song. If I had to pick, Eden was by an inch the best one in this round, but all three did great.

Joe
Joe
8 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Eden in the lead with the juries, but it’s still anyone’s game. (Thank you, whoever is editing Wikipedia!)

sam
sam
8 months ago
Reply to  Joe

EDEN WON WITH 260 POINTS, ELLA LEE 182 AND ORR 158.

Joe
Joe
8 months ago

Has anything happened in the last thirty-five minutes? Are we any closer to a winner?

Dddd
Dddd
8 months ago

Orr won the final round for me
Eden almost had it and then there was a weird modulation which completely ruined it for her
Ella lee had a really off day today 🙁 she was my favorite

Tom Tom
Tom Tom
8 months ago
Reply to  Dddd

Ella Lee the worst of the three. Total fail today.

Colin
Colin
8 months ago

Comments were right. Ella and Orr won their duels. Jury saved Eden for top 3, but it’s probably between Ella or Orr. Only 2% difference (whatever that meant on a practical level) seem like something that can easily shift either way. Too bad that they reveal their song only in March.

Tom Tom
Tom Tom
8 months ago
Reply to  Colin

The judges gave Ella Lee the lowest score today. She was so bad and unoriginal. Awful.

Maya G
Maya G
8 months ago
Reply to  Colin

The judges had no say about who to save, just the public via app.

sam
sam
8 months ago
Reply to  Maya G

They will decide 50% of tonight’s final vote based on the last 3 renditions (or perhaps the overall impression). The four songs for tonight’s winner will be revealed on February 27 on Kan’s website.

Maya G
Maya G
8 months ago
Reply to  sam

I know. He wrote “Jury saved Eden for top 3”, so I corrected him. The save was 100% public vote.

sam
sam
8 months ago
Reply to  Maya G

Sorry, it was meant as a reaction to Colin.

Tom Tom
Tom Tom
8 months ago

Ella Lee was the worst so far. She’s SO bad

Dddd
Dddd
8 months ago
Reply to  Tom Tom

She sounded out of tune. Everyone has their off day, I guess she was very nervous
Let’s see how she does next

sam
sam
8 months ago
Reply to  Dddd

Eden was the best on the final round with that extraordinary rendition of Halo filled with passion, soul, heart and gospel. She left Orr and Ella Lee eating dust.

Tom Tom
Tom Tom
8 months ago
Reply to  sam

Yes it wasn’t close.

sam
sam
8 months ago
Reply to  Tom Tom

Right now I’m betting that Orr wins this contest because his insistence on singing in Hebrew touches a chord with both judges and voters, even if those songs are outdated. I’m afraid this will be so predictable.

sam
sam
8 months ago
Reply to  sam

Should have trusted my earlier instinct/s about Eden, but I caved in…

Tom
Tom
8 months ago

Orr or Ella

Salesor
Salesor
8 months ago

Anyone but Gaya, can’t stand her. So, obviously it’s going to be her.

sam
sam
8 months ago
Reply to  Salesor

First duel: Eden vs Orr
Second Duel: Ella Lee vs Gaya
They said it’s based on averages. I thing that’s rubbish. They want Ella Lee and Orr in the final 3 even if one of them loses his or her first duel.

Dani
Dani
8 months ago
sam
sam
8 months ago
Reply to  Dani

you can also watch live on: https://www.twitch.tv/bimdkiofhdh7hn
in lower quality than the official link.

BleuKnaveXD236
BleuKnaveXD236
8 months ago

Based on these clips I liked Gaya and Ella the best. But my original winner isn’t in the final *sigh* 🙁 Good luck to all four of them though.

Tom Tom
Tom Tom
8 months ago

I didn’t know Belarus 2019 is trying to come back again under the name Ella Lee

Gil Dadia
Gil Dadia
8 months ago
Reply to  Tom Tom

Ella is much more talented

Tom Tom
Tom Tom
8 months ago
Reply to  Gil Dadia

No she’s not. Belarus was actually more talented.

Deliaespana
Deliaespana
8 months ago

Please no wannabe brittany spears Ella Lee! Gaia is amazing! Eden too!

NoGeoblocks
NoGeoblocks
8 months ago
Reply to  Deliaespana

Brittany Spears can even lip-synch as well as Ella-Lee can sing…

Hughj
Hughj
8 months ago

Hello from UK. Eden is the best of these by far . Gaia second best

Esc!!!
Esc!!!
8 months ago

12 points to Eden!

Sucof
Sucof
8 months ago

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NoGeoblocks
NoGeoblocks
8 months ago

Looks like Eden Alene’s managers are working overtime…

Gil Dadia
Gil Dadia
8 months ago
Reply to  NoGeoblocks

Yeah..she will not win

NoGeoblocks
NoGeoblocks
8 months ago
Reply to  Gil Dadia

She’s the worst of the bunch. Technically awesome. Zero feel.

Sabrina
Sabrina
8 months ago

For the first time I’ve watched them performing, liked them all. Voted for Ella, because her tone is so beautiful and unique. But Orr with a cute song in Hebrew could do very well in Eurovision.

daniel kaplan
daniel kaplan
8 months ago

I know Gaya won’t win, but really surprised she didn’t get more votes in this poll. I absolutely love all of her performances

Nikki
Nikki
8 months ago

I got a friend with a curious theory on who’s winning. She follows this youtube channel about a pack of house dogs and she says they kinda look like Israel’s songs on a dog form. There’s the funny, a bit crazy Golden Retriever (Golden Boy), the black and white big Newfie who loves her toys (Toy) and the more placid and homey older GR (Home)

So, she thinks the winner is the one with the most sassy catlike attitude, to match the fourth animal in the house, a grumpy Persian cat.

NoGeoblocks
NoGeoblocks
8 months ago

Love me some Orr, but would be very happy if Gaya or Ella-lee win as well. First time I have more than one favorite this season! (previous years I was very pro Kobi and Netta, but these were the only years my favorites won). Fell in love with Orr and Gaya in their first audition, and with Ella-Lee on her second. Eden still doesn’t touch me in any way. Wish Moran was there

Can’t wait to see who wins!!

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
8 months ago

Really hope israel has a lot of good song submissions this year because all of these singers are capable enough to absolutely smash the scoreboard with the right song.

NickC
NickC
8 months ago

They should send Ella and Eden as a duo. Btw, Gaya looks like Danielle Simmons.

Dona
Dona
8 months ago

I really like Orr’s voice and stage presence, but i feel Ella Lee is going to win.

gili
gili
8 months ago

easy…ella lee. she had better performances than the one here

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
8 months ago

If I could choose it would be Orr Amrami-Brockman. His voice is very beautiful. Please Israel make the right choise with the right song.

Wayne
Wayne
8 months ago

If Ella wins, I just know it that they’ll give her a camila cabello like song

Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting
Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting
8 months ago

Where can I watch it live please??

Jessey
Jessey
8 months ago

I think if you type on google keshet 12 livestream and you must normally be able to watch it

marianne
marianne
8 months ago
Reply to  Jessey

I think if you’re outside of Israel, to join the live stream you have to register and may have to pay…not 100% sure

Åri Agam
8 months ago
Reply to  marianne

No payment. Some browsers have to register (for free) though.

Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting
Thunder and lightning it's getting exciting
8 months ago
Reply to  Åri Agam

Thank you so much 😉

Mia
Mia
8 months ago

Gaya Shaki is my favorite here.

Eurovisionfan12
Eurovisionfan12
8 months ago

How will we able to watch the show live?

Eurovisionfan12
Eurovisionfan12
8 months ago
Reply to  Åri Agam

Thanks 🙂

NoGeoblocks
NoGeoblocks
8 months ago
Reply to  Åri Agam

Hi!
Just checked the live stream, and it is blocked unless you pay for people outside of Israel (I am in the US here…).

Thanks!

Dani
Dani
8 months ago
Reply to  NoGeoblocks

No…it’s free, After you register. Just click on the 12 logo and then watch live. I am outside Israel too 😉

Tee
Tee
8 months ago
Reply to  NoGeoblocks

In the future, you can watch live Israeli tv with a roku, on isratv channel. It’s free.

Lucky Rotterdam
Lucky Rotterdam
8 months ago

No matter who wins, just end it already!

Tyuk
Tyuk
8 months ago

You don’t have to follow y’know

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
8 months ago

Is that still a question? Orr. I don’t actually know any of the others, but I know he’s a good choice. Please give him a more interesting song than ‘Home’, though.

Ana
Ana
8 months ago

”I don’t know anything but here’s my opinion about it”.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
8 months ago
Reply to  Ana

I know of Orr. And you might wanna learn how to read.

Troy
Troy
8 months ago

He delivered the best vocal from those 4 videos but his baritone voice is too deep for the twinks here to like. The highest voted in the poll so far, Ella, was a mess in parts.

Khan
Khan
8 months ago

You are literally the most annoying person in the wiwi comments

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
8 months ago
Reply to  Khan

It’s interesting to be given so much power over literally nothing. Who the hell are you, besides another obvious snowflake?