Elkana Marziano has withdrawn from competing in HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion 2019, due to clashes with previous commitments.
Elkana Marziano has revealed to Israel Hayom that he will no longer be attempting to represent Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The singer stated he will not be participating further in HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion 2019, explaining;
I did not understand how complex the participation in the program was and the time it required, which created conflicts with previous commitments, so we decided with my personal manager and unfortunately we will not continue the program.
Elkana had been one of the favourites to win the competition having previously won The Voice Israel. He competed in the third season of the competition in 2014/2015 and has since had a successful career in the music industry.
The first stage of HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion 2019 finished yesterday evening, with the end of the auditions rounds. 67 singers have made it through to the next stage of the contest. The shows producers and jury will now determine which of the 67 singers will progress further in to the contest and one step closer to representing Israel at Eurovision.
Source: Israel Hayom
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.