Israel’s search for Eurovision 2019 began last night with the first show of HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion 2019.
Daniel Mazuz who was one of the backing singers and dancers took part in the first show yesterday. Daniel was one of six singers who has qualified for the next round of the competition, and overall came third out of the eight singers who took to the stage yesterday.On the jury are:
- Assaf Amdursky
- Harel Skaat – Eurovision 2010 Participant
- Keren Peles
- Shiri Maimon – Eurovision 2005 Participant
- Static & Ben El Tavori
Eight singers took to the stage last night, with six of the singers qualifying for the next round. To qualify for the next round singers have to score over 70% of the vote, the results of the show were:
- Daniel Mazuz – Happy 90%
- Ofri Halfon – Leesof 93%
- Yevgeny Morozov – Shnei Meshugaim 53% – Out of the contest
- Shahar Adawi – Wikipedia 89%
- Hila Leder – Ex’s & Oh’s 30% – Out of the contest
- Nadav Phillips – I Have Nothing 82%
- Daniel Barzilai – Osher Ledaka 88%
- Shalva Band – Here Comes The Sun 91%
Changes have been announced for the latest season of the competition. For the first time the song that will be performed at Eurovision will also be selected as part of the show. Three programs will be broadcast on KAN to determine the song that will represent Israel on home soil in 2019. Furthermore an additional spin off show will be held for the competition. KAN will hold an additional show to select one singer to go through to the final of HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion.
This is the first time that both Reshet 12 and KAN have both held shows to determine the Israeli participant for the contest. Previously Reshet had selected the Israeli participant while the Israeli public broadcaster internally selected the song that the singer would perform.
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.