The date of the “HaKokhav HaBa” final will take place on 3rd March 2016. The show began in December 2015 and is hosted by Assi Azar and Rotem Sela and features Assaf Etedgi, Muki, Keren Peles and previous Israeli representative at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 Harel Skaat as the panel of judges.
“HaKokhav HaBa” will be a co-production between Keshet and Tedy Productions whereas the IBC will oversee Israel’s Eurovision participation and national delegation.
Last year, Nadav Guedj was selected through “HaKokhav HaBa” and performed the internally selected song “Golden Boy” at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna in 2015. He reached 9th place in the final with 97points. This is Israel’s 3rd top 10 placing at the Eurovision Song Contest since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004. These previous two occasion were in 2005 where Shiri Maimon reached 4th with “The Silence that Remains” and Boaz Mauda reached 9th with “The Fire in your eyes”.
Can Israel reach the top ten once more in Stockholm?
Israel 2005: Shiri Maimon “The Silence that remains” (Haskeket Shenish’ar)
Israel 2008: Boaz Mauda “The Fire in your eyes” (Keilo Kan)
Israel 2015: Nadav Guedj “Golden boy”