From 2015 to 2021, Israel did not miss a single Eurovision final. The connection that ties all these years together? The national final to select their representatives was Keshet’s Next Star. For those who liked the artist selection show, Israel unveiled some good news on Monday — Next Star is back.
Next Star returns as Israeli Eurovision selection in 2024
In a Facebook post on Monday, Israel’s national broadcaster KAN confirmed it was opting to select the country’s Eurovision 2024 representative via Next Star (known in Israel as HaKokhav HaBa). Eurovision fans will be familiar with the national final, which ran from 2015 to 2020. The artist selection also chose the song once, in the 2016 final.
The Middle Eastern nation first introduced the artist selection in 2015, after four years in which they switched back and forth between the legendary Kdam and internal selections. These four years resulted in four non-qualifications, which led Israel to try a new system. No artist selected through Next Star missed the final, and 2018’s Netta even brought the nation a fourth Eurovision victory.
Why Next Star?
While the results that artists chosen through Next Star scored at Eurovision perhaps speak for themselves, there’s a deeper reason why Israel is returning to the 2015-2020 selection system.
Every year, Israeli broadcaster KAN holds an open call for producers interested in hosting the Israeli selection. After six years of Next Star, competitor X Factor surprisingly won it in 2022. Its winner, Michael Ben David, unfortunately scored Israel’s worst result in eight years.
Then in 2023, no producers stepped up to produce the selection — at all. This led KAN to choose Noa Kirel internally, and that ended quite well for Israel, who placed third in Liverpool. Usually, one doesn’t fix what isn’t broken, but now that the hype for Eurovision in Israel is higher than ever, producers came knocking on KAN’s door. The open call was won by Next Star, and that leads us to where we are now.
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