Shalva Band, one of the favourites to win HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion 2019 is considering withdrawing from the contest due to the Sabbath.
Shalva Band who are one of the favourites to win HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion 2019 and represent Israel at Eurovision are looking at whether they will continue in the competition. Ynet reports that the group is considering withdrawing from the competition, due to Eurovision and its rehearsals taking place according the Sabbath.
Ynet reports that the band are discussing with the production team of HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion 2019 whether they will continue to take part in the show. The group had not expected to make it this far in to the competition and as a result had not considered the question of Eurovision and rehearsals taking place over the Sabbath. Shalva are to consult with a Rabbi and then make a final decision in the coming days.
The group is formed of eight members of the Shalva non-profit organization for children with special needs. If Shalva were to win the Israeli selection process they would be forced to drop two members due to the Eurovision Song Contests rules that stipulate only six people may be on stage.
The latest show in HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion aired last night. Kobi Marimi is the current singer who is vying not be eliminated from the competition. The results of the show were as follows:
- Kobi Marimi – 48%
- Ketreyah – 95%
- Ofri Halfon – 71%
- Shefita – 54%
- Tay – 69%
- Daniel Barzilai – 59%
- Maya Buskila – 77%
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.