The shortlisting round of HaKokhav Haba L’Eurovizion 2020 has commenced with five acts making it through to the next round.
With the auditions round now having been completed, shortlisting has commenced for HaKokhav Haba L’Eurovizion 2020. The shortlisting round sees all of the acts who qualified from the auditions perform again with only the judges voting, an act must receive 100% from the jury to qualify, or be saved by the presenters.
The artists who qualified for the next round were:
- Lali Jolishkin – 100%
- Ella-Lee Lahav – 100%
- Or Amrami-Brockman – 100%
- Gaya Shaki – 80% – Saved
- Ohad Shragai – 60% – Saved
Knocked out were:
- Lidor Ben Atia – 80%
- Galit Weizman – 60%
- Eden Shabi – 40%
- Yahel Yaish – 20%
- Atara Oryah – 20%
- Zion Huri – 20%
Asaf Amdursky, Keren Peles, Shiri Maimon (Israel 2005) and Static & Ben-El Tavori all return as judges. Harel Skaat (Israel 2010) has left the show and will be replaced by Mizrahi singer Itay Levy.
KAN, the Israeli national broadcaster, has also opted to organise a specific show to select the song that the Israeli representative at Eurovision 2020 will sing. This will be the first time since 2016 that the Israeli public will be able to select their entry for the contest. The creation of the show comes after criticism of the current internal selection process.
HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion has been used to select the Israeli representative for Eurovision since 2015. It has resulted in Israel appearing in the final every year since, including winning the contest in 2018.
Representing Israel this year was Kobi Marimi, who sang “Home” in his home city of Tel Aviv. He placed 23rd in the Grand Final. The result matches that of Imri Ziv who represented Israel in 2017.
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.