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Channel 12 has launched the application process today to take part in HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion 2019.

Israel has begun its search for the countries Eurovision 2019 participant, as Channel 12 launches the application process for HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion 2019. Any solo artists (singers), duets or groups who wish to represent Israel at Eurovision 2019 are invited to take part in the selection process. Singers must be over the age of 16, but do not have to be Israeli citizens.

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”.

“Toy” this years Israeli entry recently charted on the iTunes charts in various countries across Europe – In Spain, it reached number 17 in the iTunes chart; 36 in Poland, 46 in the Netherlands and 54 in Norway. In Israel, the song topped the iTunes chart.

The popularity of “Toy” is not only seen globally, like in a video by Ugandan youth charity Spoon Youth but is also seen through her spot at the top of the betting odds, where she has remained for a few weeks.

The Israeli entry has been written and composed by Doron Medalie and Stav Beger. Doron is known for having written the Israeli entries for the Eurovision Song Contest in both 2015 and 2016. The submission window for songs was open until February 19th, which allowed songwriters submit their songs for Netta to perform.

Source: Channel 12

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.

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