The first act has been selected to go through to the final of HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion, as the competition enters its final phases.
The first semi-final of HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion has taken place this evening, with one act being knocked out and one progressing to the final. Shalva Band who had been in the press regarding whether they will decline the opportunity to represent Israel in Tel Aviv, are the first act chosen to go through to the grand final.
Four acts took to the stage this evening;
- Kitria (88%)
- Tai (42%) — Knocked out
- Daniel Barzilai (30%) — Saved
- Shalva Band (84%)
Tai was knocked out of the competition after Daniel Barizilai was saved by the judges. A second round of performances took place between Kitria and Shalva Band to select the first finalist.
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.