The semi-finalists for HaKokhav Haba L’Eurovizion 2020 have been selected as the Israeli selection process reaches its final stages.
The eight semi-finalists in HaKokhav Haba L’Eurovizion 2020 have been chosen as the selection show enters its final couple of days. The quarter final of HaKokhav Haba L’Eurovizion has been held in which Loai Ali was eliminated having received the lowest score of any of the nine competing acts.
The eight artists who have made it through to the Semi-Finals are:
- Lali Kolishkin – 87%
- Eden Alene – 78%
- Moran Aharoni – 68%
- Or Amrami-Brockman – 77%
- Raviv Kaner – 67% (Saved)
- Ohad Shragai – 69% (Saved)
- Ella-Lee Lahav – 83%
- Gaya Shaki – 85%
The Semi-Finals of HaKokhav Haba L’Eurovizion are set to take place this weekend, with the final taking place on February 4th. The Israeli representative will be selected in the final, with their song to be selected in March.
KAN, the Israeli national broadcaster, has 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.
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.