Kobi Merimi has returned to Israel’s Eurovision selection show.
Last night, the next show in the series of HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion 2019 took place in Israel. On the show, Osher Biton and Kobi Merimi returned for their final chance to progress in the competition. They went head to head in a duel, but in the end Kobi Merimi came out on top with 87%, just 2 points above Osher Biton, who scored 85%.
Three finalists had made it through to the final of the show, however one of the finalists, Shalva Band, withdrew from the competition. Because of this, the next show on Saturday will see two more artists qualify to the final, making a four-strong line-up.
Already selected for the final are:
- Maya Buskila
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.