Danielle Mazuz has become the latest artist to be knocked out of HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion 2019, leaving just nine artists in the running.
Danielle Mazuz who was a backing singer for Netta at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 is the latest artist to be knocked out of the Israeli selection process. Ten artists took to the HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion 2019 stage all wanting to make it through to the next stage. The results of the show were as follows;
- Ketreyah & Maya Buskila — 94% – Qualifier
- Daniel Barzilai & Ofri Calfon — 92%
- Danielle Mazuz — 58%
- Kobi Merimi — 81% – Qualifier
- Shefita — 37%
- Tai — 76% – Qualifier
- Shalva Band — 83%
- Avraham de Carvalho — 75%
While three singers qualified directly for the next show, the judges also saved a number of singers from elimination. Shefita, Avraham de Carvalho, Daniel Barzilai and Ofri Calfon were all saved by the jury.
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.