Tonight Israel will select the act that will represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Tonight we turn our attention to Israel as they become the latest nation to select their participant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Four artists will be performing tonight in the final of HaKokhav HaBa L’Eirovizion. The winner of the show tonight will be decided by 100% public voting, with the jury just giving their thoughts on the performances. Competing in the show this week are:
- Imri Ziv
- Diana Golbi
- Beatbox Element
Diana Golbi remains 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. Another artist who is being closely followed is Imri Ziv, Imri 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.
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Unlike 2016 the song that will represent Israel at the contest is not also being selected tonight. This will be decided by the Israeli delegation after the selection has been held, this is what occurred in 2015 when Nadav Guedj won Rising Star.
On the jury for Rising Star are:
- Asaf Amadursky
- Harel Skaat – Represented Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Oslo, Norway
- Keren Peles
- Ben-El Tavori
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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.