Eden Alene has won HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion 2020 and will represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.
Following months of shows, the final of HaKokhab Haba L’Eurovizion 2020 took place tonight. The winner was decided over two round of voting.
In the first round the four artists were split into two duels. The act that received the lowest score from the jury and the public was eliminated. The public then chose one of the duel losers to move on to the second round.
The results of the first round were (qualifiers in bold):
- Eden Alene “Where Have You Been?” (66% – public vote qualifier) v Or Amrami-Brockman “Aba” (73%)
- Ella-Lee Lahav “Into You” (75%) v Gaya Shaki “My Immortal” (61%)
In the second round, the three finalists performed again, with the public and jury voting to select the winner. The juries consisted of:
- The regular judging panel (Asaf Amdursky, Keren Peles, Shiri Maimon, Static & Ben-El Tavori, Itay Levy)
- Songwriters (Margol, Gal Ohovksy, Tsedi Tsarfati)
- Netta – Winner of Eurovision 2018
- Composers of former Israeli entries (Zvika Pick, Kobi Oshrat, Yoav Ginai)
- Producers (Stav Begger, Jordy)
The results of the second round were (jury + public vote):
- Or Amrami-Brockman – “Haim Lihiot Bach Me’Ohav” 248 points (98 + 158)
- Ella-Lee Lahav – “Roar” 274 points (92 + 182)
- Eden Alene – “Halo” 370 points (110 + 260)
Eden will now perform in a seperate show on March 3 to select the entry she will perform in Rotterdam. 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 in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.