The fourth and fifth shows of HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion 2019 have taken place, with seven more singers qualifying for the next stage of the competition.
Israel’s search for Eurovision 2019 continued with the fourth and fifth shows of HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion. In the fourth show, only two artists qualified for the next round, including Barry Brown who is originally from South Africa.
The results of the fourth show are as follows:
- Gal Binyamin – 70%
- Barry Brown – 78%
In the fifth show that was broadcast today, seven artists took to the stage in the hopes of qualifying for the next round. Five artists qualified in this show. The results are as follows:
- Noar Cohen – 85%
- Naama Gali Cohen – 75%
- Limor Oved – 91%
- Julia Garnits – 59% (saved by hosts)
- Shay Ben Aroya – 46% (eliminated)
- Enosh Tzuberi – 30% (eliminated)
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 Keshet 12 and KAN have both held shows to determine the Israeli participant for the contest. Previously Keshet 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.