Imri Ziv will represent Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Four acts competed tonight to represent Israel at Eurovision 2017, but in the end it was Imri Ziv who will represent the country in Kyiv. The artists went through a series of duels in the final of HaKokhav HaBa L’Eirovizion. Unlike in the 2016 selection process only the singer has been selected tonight to represent Israel, the song will be decided at a later date.
The results of the show are as follows, round one:
- Imri Ziv – Halo (Beyonce) – 78% & 4 Yes’ – Superfinalist
- Beatbox Element – Hey Mama (David Guetta) – 49% & 2 Yes’
- Julietta – My Number One (Helena Paparizou) – 53% & 3 No’s – Saved
- Diana Golbi – Euphoria (Loreen) – 85% & 4 Yes’ – Superfinalist
- Julietta – Shikorim me’ahava (Eden Ben-Zaken) – 58% & 4 Yes’
- Imri Ziv – Because of you (Kelly Clarkson) -74% & 4 Yes’ – 1st
- Diana Golbi – Purple rain (Prince) – 66%
Diana Golbi was the favourite to represent Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. The 25 year old singer was born in Moscow, Russia and rose to fame within Israel after winning eighth season of Israeli idol. Imri was also strongly tipped to do well in the final tonight. He was a backing singer for Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest in both 2015 and 2016 and is hoping to take center stage in May.
On the jury for Rising Star were:
- Asaff Amadursky
- Harel Skaat – Represented Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo, Norway
- Keren Peles
- Static & Ben-El Tavori
A call for songs is expected to be made in the next couple of days. The Israeli delegation will then listen to all of the submissions, before selecting the song that will represent Israel in Ukraine.
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Israel debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1973, on their debut Ilanit finished 4th with the song “Ey Sham”. Israel’s first victory came in 1978 with Izar Cohen and the Alphabeta, Israel won again the following year represented by Gali Atari & Milk and Honey. Israel’s most recent victory came in 1998 when Dana International performed “Diva” in Birmingham, she beat Malta to victory in a tense voting sequence. Israel struggled in the contest during late 00s and early 10s, but in the past two years has qualified for the final.