The latest episode of The Next Star 2018 was broadcast on Keshet last weekend, in which one artist failed to make it to the next round.
A total of nine artists took part in the two shows that took place last weekend, which saw one artist fail to qualify for the next round. The artists that received the highest percentage of votes qualified for the next round, leaving behind the one artist who got the lowest percentage.
The results are as follows:
- Jonathan Mergui (89%)
- Riki Ben Ari (88%)
- Chen Aharoni (86%)
- Eden Meiri (79%)
- Ravit Batashvili (79%)
- Howie Danao (75%)
- Netta Barzilai (70%)
- Adva Omer (63%)
- José Steinberg (62%)
As José only received 62% of the votes (only 1% less than Adva Omer), he will not advance to the next round. The next edition of The Next Star 2018 will air this Sunday at 20:00 CET.
The Next Star has been used to select the Israeli Eurovision representative since 2015. This has proven successful for Israel. In 2015, Nadav Guedj gave Israel its first top 10 finish since 2005 and its first qualification since 2010 with “Golden Boy”. Israel has qualified for the final every year since then. Imri finished 23rd in this year’s final with “I Feel Alive”.
IPBC is organising the Israeli entry for the first time this year. Despite not yet achieving full EBU membership, the EBU has allowed Israel to continue participating in Eurovision events.
Israel debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1973, and were represented by Ilanit who finished in 4th place with the song “Ey Sham”. Their first victory came in 1978 with Izar Cohen and the Alphabeta. Israel won again the following year with Gali Atari & Milk and Honey. Israel’s most recent victory came in 1998 when Dana International performed “Diva” in Birmingham, beating Malta to victory in a tense voting sequence. Israel struggled in the contest during the early-2010s, failing to qualify for the final from 2011-2014. However since the HaKokhav HaBa selection process was introduced in 2015 they have qualified three times, with Nadav Guedj finishing in 9th in 2015, Hovi Star finishing in 14th in 2016 and Imri finishing in 23rd in 2017.