Four acts will compete in the final of Israel’s Eurovision selection show.
Tonight the last semi-final of HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion 2019 took place in Israel, with four acts taking to the stage. The first round of voting looked like this:
- Avraham de Carvalho (89%)
- Kobi Merimi (78%)
- Shefita (74%)
- Daniel Barzilai (58%)
As he received the lowest percentage, Daniel Barzilai was then eliminated from the competition. The results of the next round are as follows:
- Kobi Merimi (88%) – Qualified to the final
- Shefita (82%) – Qualified to the final
- Avraham de Carvalho (70%)
The four acts taking part in the final on Tuesday are:
- Maya Buskila
- Kobi Merimi
Originally Shalva Band had qualified to the final, but recently withdrew from the competition, due to the fact that if they did go to Eurovision, they would have to perform during Shabbat.
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.