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 (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 (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?
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.