Shiri Maimon who represented Israel at Eurovision 2005 is set to join HaKokhav HaBa for its latest season.
Shiri Maimon has revealed on Instagram that she is set to be joining HaKokhav HaBa (Next Star) for its latest series, which gets underway later this year. The singer who represented Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 in Kyiv, Ukraine has not revealed what role she will be playing in the show, however it is expected that she will be joining the judging line up.
The singer rose to fame in 2003 when she finished as the runner up on Kokhav Nolad. In 2005 she entered the Israeli selection for Eurovision with the song “HaSheket SheNish’ar” (The Silence that Remains) and went on to represent her country in Ukraine. She brought Israel their best result between 1999 and 2017 finishing 4th in the final with a total of 154 points.
HaKokhav HaBa (Rising Star) has been used since 2015 to select the Israeli participant for the Eurovision Song Contest. Currently KAN is holding a tender process to determine the show it will use to select the Israeli entrant for Eurovision 2019. The main criteria outlined by KAN in the tender is;
- The show must be broadcast over a number of months in a prime time slot
- The selection of the Israeli artist must be completed by January 2019
- The selected channel must produce a variety of content with the selection promoted over multiple platforms
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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 third 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 Israel has seen its fortunes turned around. In 2018 Netta won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Toy”, the song has gone on to be the most viewed Eurovision entry of all time on YouTube.