Ella-Lee Lahav and Eden Alene are the first of the four finalists who will be competing on Tuesday to represent Israel at Eurovision 2020.
The first Semi-Final of HaKokhav Haba L’Eurovizion 2020 took place last night, with two artists qualifying for the final. Ella-Lee Lahav and Eden Alene beat off competition from two other artists to make it through to the Grand Final. The results of the show were as follows:
- Ella-Lee Lahav – 91% – Qualified
- Ohad Shragai – 60% – Eliminated
- Lali Kolishkin – 80% – Qualified
- Eden Alene – 64% – Saved
- Lali Kolishkin – 54 (Jury) + 18 (Viewers) – 72 points – Eliminated
- Ella-Lee Lahav – 64 (Jury) + 20 (Viewers) – 84 points – Finalist
- Eden Alene – 62 (Jury) + 22 (Viewers) – 84 points – Finalist
Eden Alene will head into the final as the public’s favourite from Semi-Final One, while Ella-Lee Lahav is the jury favourite. The second Semi-Final takes place this evening with the following artists competing for a place in the final:
- Gaya Shaki
- Moran Aharoni
- Or Amrami-Brockman
- Raviv Kaner
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.