Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

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Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Country Israel
National selection
Selection processArtist: HaKokhav HaBa L'Eurovizion
Song: Internal Selection
Selection date(s)Artist: 12 February 2019
Song: 10 March 2019
Selected entrantKobi Marimi
Selected song"Home"
Selected songwriter(s)Ohad Shragai
Inbar Weitzman
Finals performance
Final result23rd, 35 points
Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Israel participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the entry "Home" written by Ohad Shragai and Inbar Weitzman. The Israeli broadcaster Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC) collaborated with the commercial broadcaster Keshet and Tedy Productions, which organisied the reality singing competition HaKokhav HaBa L'Eurovizion ("The Next Star For Eurovision"). On 12 February, Kobi Marimi won the competition and therefore performed the Israeli song in the Eurovision Song Contest.

As the host country of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, Israel automatically qualified to compete in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Background[edit]

Prior to the 2019 Contest, Israel had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest forty-one times since its first entry in 1973.[1] Israel has won the contest on four occasions: in 1978 with the song "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" performed by Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta, in 1979 with the song "Hallelujah" performed by Milk and Honey, in 1998 with the song "Diva" performed by Dana International and in 2018 with the song "Toy" performed by Netta Barzilai. Since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, Israel has failed to reach the final six times. In 2005, Shiri Maimon gave the country its tenth top five result, finishing fourth. Having failed to qualify for the final for four consecutive years (2011–14), Israel reached the final for the first time in five years, with Nadav Guedj finishing ninth in 2015, and the country has participated in the final every year since. Israel's fourth victory came when Netta won the 2018 contest in Lisbon, with the song "Toy".

The Israeli entry for the 2019 Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel will be selected through the reality singing competition HaKokhav HaBa L'Eirovizion ("The Next Star for Eurovision"), which was organised by Keshet and Tedy Productions. This will be the fifth time that the Israeli entry was selected through a collaboration with Keshet and Tedy Productions.

Before Eurovision[edit]

HaKokhav HaBa L'Eurovizion[edit]

The singer who will perform the Israeli entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 was selected through the reality singing competition HaKokhav HaBa L'Eurovizion ("The Next Star for Eurovision"), the original version of the international format Rising Star produced by Tedy Productions and Keshet Media Group. HaKokhav HaBa has been used since 2015 to select the Israeli artist for Eurovision. The shows were hosted by Assi Azar and Rotem Sela and featured a judging panel composed of Asaf Amdursky, Keren Peles, Shiri Maimon (2005 Israeli Eurovision entrant), Harel Skaat (2010 Israeli Eurovision entrant) and Static & Ben-El Tavori.

The competition commenced on 24 November 2018 and concluded on 12 February 2019. All shows in the competition were broadcast on Keshet 12 as well as online via mako.co.il.

In addition, three programs were broadcast on KAN to determine the song that will represent Israel in 2019. KAN also held an additional show to select one singer to go through to the final of HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion.[2]

Shows[edit]

Auditions[edit]

The auditions were broadcast between 24 November 2018 and 1 January 2019. 59 of the 105 contestants advanced to the next phase following achieving at least 70% of the votes while 9 contestants who did not get enough votes to qualify were saved by the hosts.

Among the contestants were Danielle Mazuz who previously took part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 as a backing vocalist and dancer behind Netta and Maya Bouskilla who was a candidate to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, 2011 and 2012.

On 2 January 2019 one of the originally advanced contestants, Elkana Marziano announced that he would withdraw from the competition.[3]

Draw Performer Song Judges' vote Presenters' vote Score Result
Amdursky Peles Skaat Maimon Static & Tavori Sela Azar
Audition 1 (24 November 2018)[4]
1 Danielle Mazuz "Happy" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 90% Advanced
2 Ofri Calfon "Le'esof" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 93% Advanced
3 Yevgeny Morozov "Shnei meshuga'im" No No No Yes Yes 53% Eliminated
4 Shachar Adawi "Wikipedia" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 89% Advanced
5 Hila Leder "Ex's & Oh's" No No No No No 30% Eliminated
6 Nadav Philips "I Have Nothing" Yes Yes No Yes Yes 82% Advanced
7 Daniel Barzilai "Osher ledaka" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 88% Advanced
8 Shalva Band "Here Comes the Sun" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 91% Advanced
Audition 2 (27 November 2018)[5]
1 Avraham de Carvalho "Issues" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 89% Advanced
2 Lior Chen "She'eriot me'atzmi" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 89% Advanced
3 Shir Azulai "Aba" No No Yes Yes Yes 67% Eliminated
4 Tai "River" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 92% Advanced
5 Alex Kay "Rolling in the Deep" No Yes Yes No No 43% Eliminated
6 Shefita "You Oughta Know" No Yes Yes Yes Yes Save Save 58% Saved
7 Maya Bouskilla "Listen" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 82% Advanced
Audition 3 (1 December 2018)[6]
1 Osher Biton "Tel Aviv balaila" Yes Yes [a] Yes Yes 85% Advanced
2 Liat Eliyahu "She'tisaref ha'ahava" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 88% Advanced
3 Ruby Bedalov "Don't Stop Me Now" No No No Yes No 54% Eliminated
4 Shachaf "Born This Way" Yes Yes Yes No Yes 76% Advanced
5 Klara Sabag "Mangina" Yes Yes Yes No Yes 81% Advanced
6 Judith Hasin "River" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 80% Advanced
7 Elad Tavori "Ve'at" Yes No did not vote No did not vote 44% Eliminated
Audition 4 (3 December 2018)
1 Gal Binyamin "Hakol over" No Yes No Yes Yes 70% Advanced
2 Barry Brown "You Raise Me Up" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 78% Advanced
Audition 5 (4 December 2018)[7]
1 Naor Cohen "Shemishehu yaatzor oti" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 85% Advanced
2 Naama Gali Cohen "New Rules" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 75% Advanced
3 Shay Ben Aroya "Ima im haiti" No Yes did not vote did not vote No 46% Eliminated
4 Romi Azar "Creep" No Yes Yes No No Save Save 55% Saved
5 Limor Oved "Ve'im preda" Yes Yes [a] Yes Yes 91% Advanced
6 Enosh Tzuberi "Silsulim" No Yes No No No 30% Eliminated
7 Julia Grinitz "Creep" No Yes No Yes No Save Save 59% Saved
Audition 6 (8 December 2018)[8]
1 Asaf Maslati "Ma ata rotze mimeni" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 71% Advanced
2 Eti Bitton "Rak le'ima" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 83% Advanced
3 Asia & Alexandra "Lost on You" No No No No Yes 55% Eliminated
4 Roy Sandler "Yeladim ka'ale" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 82% Advanced
5 Aviv Matka "Me and You" No No No No No 35% Eliminated
6 Sarah Moshaioff "Ein li af echad" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 90% Advanced
7 Ohad Levi "Tachzeri" No No No Yes Yes 49% Eliminated
8 Kobi Marimi "Sweet Dreams" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 92% Advanced
Audition 7 (11 December 2018)[9]
1 Ido Dankner "One Dance / No" No Yes No Yes Yes 70% Advanced
2 Amit Sade "Addicted to You" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 81% Advanced
3 Tomer Raz "Gvulot hegayon" Yes Yes Yes Yes No 71% Advanced
4 Maor Kdoshim "Im ha'ita ro'eh" No Yes Yes No No 54% Eliminated
5 Gilad Tenzer "Ein yoter tov mize" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 75% Advanced
6 Meshi & Mor Portal "Ach sheli" No No did not vote Yes No 39% Eliminated
7 Elkana Marziano "Holech li meyuash" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 77% Withdrew
8 Avivit Doron "Mi yada she'kach yihye" No No [a] No No 43% Eliminated
Audition 8 (13 December 2018)
1 Niv Yanko "Ha'ahava hazot shelanu" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 91% Advanced
2 Gavriel Cohen "Ve'im preda" No Yes [a] No No 29% Eliminated
3 Eden Vered Mery "Seven Nation Army" Yes Yes No Yes Yes 78% Advanced
4 Eliya Gabai "Ahava ka'zo" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 93% Advanced
Audition 9 (15 December 2018)[10]
1 Nave Madmon "Stitches" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 88% Advanced
2 Yarden Yishai "Albi ma'ak" No Yes No No No 56% Eliminated
3 Ayala Eligoola "All I Ask" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 83% Advanced
4 Emanuel Shmuel "Shelach beahava" No No No No No 22% Eliminated
5 Wanna Wanna "Haverot shelach" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 70% Advanced
6 Tal Versano "Malach sheli" No Yes No No Yes Save Save 54% Saved
7 Meni Gross "Bamechonit" Yes Yes No No Yes 66% Eliminated
8 Ketreyah "Mirrors" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 95% Advanced
Audition 10 (19 December 2018)[11]
1 Alik Manshirov "Ein po makom" Yes No Yes Yes Yes 76% Advanced
2 Frida Uziel "Vidui" No Yes No Yes Yes Save Save 60% Saved
Audition 11 (22 December 2018)[12]
1 Zohar Shechtman "Shir shel yom chulin" No Yes Yes No No Save Save 55% Saved
2 Ilai Chapman "Eich she'at yafa" Yes Yes Yes Yes No 80% Advanced
3 Osher Saba "Ima im haiti" No No No did not vote No 34% Eliminated
4 Noe Sassover "Dangerous Woman" Yes Yes [a] Yes Yes 86% Advanced
5 Shon Bello "Zman tov lishmoah" No [b] No No Yes 40% Eliminated
6 Yagel Yadai "Ein li otcha" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 77% Advanced
7 Elsie Doll "Friends" No No No Yes No 36% Eliminated
8 Nitay Twito "Rise Up" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 92% Advanced
Audition 12 (25 December 2018)[13]
1 Nethanel & Yarden Barzilai "Tsevaim" No Yes [a] Yes Yes 70% Advanced
2 Maayan Brinza "Leilotai" No No Yes did not vote No 46% Eliminated
3 Shira Givony "If I Were a Boy" No Yes No Yes Yes 72% Advanced
4 Or Ben Atar "Achrei hakol mitgagea" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 94% Advanced
5 Meital Locke "Haderech el hakfar" No [b] Yes Yes No 66% Eliminated
6 Avi Ashur "Eten lach" Yes [b] No Yes Yes 79% Advanced
7 Sofia Makovkina "Highway to Hell" No Yes No No No 39% Eliminated
8 Ihab Atila "Eten lach shanim" Yes Yes [a] Yes Yes 85% Advanced
Audition 13 (29 December 2018)[14]
1 Rotem Chen "Osher ledaka" Yes Yes No Yes Yes 80% Advanced
2 Tchelet Perlmutter "Soon We'll Be Found" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 86% Advanced
3 Dana Hertz "Rise Up" Yes Yes No No Yes 57% Eliminated
4 Noa Klein "Over the Rainbow" Yes [b] Yes Yes Yes 88% Advanced
5 Los Caparos "Nachon lehayom" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 70% Advanced
6 Daniela Lamash "Make You Feel My Love" No Yes No No No 44% Eliminated
7 Ofek Adanek "She'at zaza" did not vote No Yes did not vote Yes Save Save 50% Saved
Audition 14 (30 December 2018)[15]
1 Tali Rabinovich "Dangerous Woman" Yes Yes [a] Yes Yes 81% Advanced
2 Itai Goren "Hey at" No No No No No 24% Eliminated
3 Yuval Shauli "Warrior" No No Yes Yes No Save Save 59% Saved
4 Immanuel Spiker "Part of Your World" No No Yes No Yes 59% Eliminated
5 Dili "Hasholef meBagdad" No No No No No 25% Eliminated
6 Bar Cohen "Kshe'halachta" Yes Yes Yes Yes No 81% Advanced
Audition 15 (31 December 2018)[16]
1 Avigal Reef Cohen "Migdalor" No Yes No Yes Yes 73% Advanced
2 Ben Ganon "Zer kisufim" No Yes No No No 50% Eliminated
3 Ariella Siman Tov "Lo ohev oti yoter" Yes Yes [a] Yes No 82% Advanced
4 Roy Pinhasov "Al taslicheni l'et zikna" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 68% Eliminated
5 Yakir Rada "Alfei sipurim" did not vote No did not vote did not vote did not vote 29% Eliminated
6 Osher Davidian "Nizacht iti hakol" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 88% Advanced
Audition 16 (1 January 2019)[17]
1 Marie Ben Haim "Yesh bi od koach" Yes No No No Yes Save Save 67% Saved
2 Mazal Kav "Latch" Yes Yes No Yes Yes 73% Advanced
3 Michal Shavo "Your Love (Keeps Me Alive)" No No No No No 18% Eliminated
4 Elisete Ritter "Mas que Nada" No No No No No 22% Eliminated
5 Gadi Sulimanov "Nagia rachok" No Yes [a] did not vote Yes 63% Eliminated
6 Natalie Wamba Berry "Crazy" Yes [b] Yes Yes Yes 83% Advanced
7 Amir & Shahar Exol "Katonti" Yes [b] No Yes No 66% Eliminated
8 Ana Eliya Ben David "Nigun haneshamot" No Yes [a] Yes No 45% Eliminated
9 Zohar Garala "Lomedet lalechet" Yes No No Yes Yes 78% Advanced

Shortlisting rounds[edit]

The shortlisting rounds were broadcast between 7 and 10 January 2019. 20 of the 67 contestants advanced to the next phase of the competition. The results were decided with the same method as in the auditions with the only difference that votes in this round were cast solely by the judges, therefore each judge could add 20% to the contestant's final score. Each shortlisting round consisted of two rounds: in the first round all contestants performed behind the wall. The contestants with a score of at least 60% advanced to the second round where the judges decided which contestants advance to the next phase of the competition.

Draw Performer Song Judges' vote Score Result
Amdursky Peles Skaat Maimon Static & Tavori
Shortlisting round 1 (7 January 2019)[18]
1 Lior Chen "Sipur machur" Yes Yes did not vote Yes Yes 80% Advanced
2 Maya Bouskilla "Wrecking Ball" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100% Advanced
3 Shefita "Karma Police" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 80% Advanced
4 Tal Versano "Osher ledaka" No No No No Yes 20% Eliminated
5 Tai "High Hopes" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 80% Advanced
6 Nadav Philips "Paparazzi" Yes Yes No No Yes 60% Eliminated
7 Ariella Siman Tov "Chelek mimcha" No Yes No No No 20% Eliminated
8 Ayala Eligoola "Shallow" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 80% Eliminated
9 Osher Biton "Yam shel dmaot" Yes Yes No Yes Yes 80% Advanced
Shortlisting round 2 (8 January 2019)[19]
1 Klara Sabag "Who You Are" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 80% Advanced
2 Daniel Barzilai "I'm Not the Only One" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100% Advanced
3 Frida Uziel "Wicked Game" No Yes No did not vote No 20% Eliminated
4 Naor Cohen "Etz yarok miplastik" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 80% Advanced
5 Naama Gali Cohen "Crazy in Love" No Yes Yes Yes No 60% Advanced
6 Ido Dankner "...Baby One More Time" No Yes No Yes Yes 60% Eliminated
7 Romi Azar "Help!" No No No Yes No 20% Eliminated
8 Shalva Band "Eich efshar shelo" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100% Advanced
Shortlisting round 3 (9 January 2019)[20]
1 Gal Binyamin "Absurd" No Yes No Yes Yes 60% Eliminated
2 Shachaf "Fallin'" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 80% Advanced
3 Nethanel & Yarden Barzilai "HaSheket SheNish'ar" No No No did not vote Yes 20% Eliminated
4 Liat Eliyahu "Ve'im tavo'i elay / Haim sheli" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 80% Advanced
5 Kobi Marimi "Jar of Hearts" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 80% Advanced
6 Julia Grinitz "Freedom" Yes Yes Yes Yes No 80% Eliminated
7 Ofri Calfon "Kol hamilim" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100% Advanced
8 Asaf Maslati "Ahava" No No Yes No Yes 40% Eliminated
9 Wanna Wanna "Only Girl (In the World)" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100% Advanced
Shortlisting round 4 (10 January 2019)[21]
1 Danielle Mazuz "Ata chayav lamut alay" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 80% Advanced
2 Avraham de Carvalho "Who You Are" Yes No Yes Yes Yes 80% Advanced
3 Amit Sade "This Love" did not vote No No Yes No 20% Eliminated
4 Tchelet Perlmutter "Gara mul hamayim" Yes Yes Yes No No 60% Eliminated
5 Ketreyah "Price Tag" No Yes Yes No Yes 60% Advanced
6 Judith Hasin "Lif'amim" No Yes No No No 20% Eliminated
7 Nitay Twito "All of Me" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100% Advanced
8 Ofek Adanek "Stigma shel hagil" No No Yes No Yes 40% Eliminated
9 Nave Madmon "Pillowtalk" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 100% Advanced
Eliminated contestants whose performances were not included in the shows
Alik Manshirov Limor Oved Roy Sandler
Avi Ashur Los Caparos Sarah Moshaioff
Avigal Reef Cohen Marie Ben Haim Shachar Adawi
Bar Cohen Mazal Kav Shira Givony
Barry Brown Natalie Wamba Berry Tali Rabinovich
Eden Vered Mery Niv Yanko Tomer Raz
Eliya Gabai Noa Klein Yagel Yadai
Eti Bitton Noe Sassover Yuval Shauli
Gilad Tenzer Or Ben Atar Zohar Garala
Ihab Atila Osher Davidian Zohar Shechtman
Ilai Chapman Rotem Chen

Top 20 round[edit]

The Top 20 round was broadcast between 13 and 15 January 2019. The remaining 20 contestants were paired in 10 duels. From each duel, the contestant with the higher score advanced to the next phase of the competition. At the end of the duels, two contestants who did not win their duels were saved by the judges and the remaining contestants were eliminated.

Static and Ben-El Tavori did not attend the shows, therefore they did not vote. They were replaced by singer Itay Levi in the judging panel.

Duel Draw Artist Song Judges' vote Score Result
Amdursky Peles Levi Maimon Skaat
Top 20 round 1 (13 January 2019)[22]
I 1 Wanna Wanna "I Trusted U" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 68% Eliminated
2 Maya Bouskilla "If I Were a Boy" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 81% Advanced
II 3 Shachaf "Déjà vu" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 60% Eliminated
4 Klara Sabag "Rolling in the Deep" No Yes Yes Yes No 76% Advanced
III 5 Lior Chen "Russian Roulette" No Yes Yes No Yes 64% Eliminated
6 Osher Biton "Estader levad" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 87% Advanced
Top 20 round 2 (14 January 2019)[23]
I 1 Naama Gali Cohen "Rockabye" Yes Yes No Yes No 64% Eliminated
2 Daniel Barzilai "Ish shel laila" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 80% Advanced
II 3 Shefita "Can't Stop the Feeling!" No Yes No Yes No 41% Saved
4 Tai "Radioactive" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 89% Advanced
III 5 Kobi Marimi "Mad World" No Yes Yes Yes No 57% Advanced
6 Liat Eliyahu "Stone Cold" Yes No No No No 51% Eliminated
Top 20 round 3 (15 January 2019)[24]
I 1 Avraham de Carvalho "Viva la Vida" Yes No No Yes Yes 67% Saved
2 Ketreyah "Just the Way You Are" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 83% Advanced
II 3 Nitay Twito "Sorry" No No Yes Yes Yes 68% Eliminated
4 Ofri Calfon "Tocho ratzuf ahava" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 90% Advanced
III 5 Nave Madmon "Never Forget You" No No Yes No Yes 53% Eliminated
6 Danielle Mazuz "Earth Song" No Yes No No No 54% Advanced
IV 7 Shalva Band "The Sound of Silence" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 95% Advanced
8 Naor Cohen "Shtaim balaila" No No Yes Yes Yes 66% Eliminated

Heat 1[edit]

The first heat was broadcast on 19 January 2019. The remaining twelve contestants were paired in five thematical duels: the contestants of the first duel had to show their style, the second duel consisted of songs of divas, in the third duel four contestants were paired in two duets, the contestants in the fourth duel had to sing about a personal story and the fifth duel consisted of former Eurovision Song Contest entries. From each duel, the contestant with the higher score advanced to the next phase of the competition. At the end of the duels, five contestants who did not win their duels were saved by the judges and the remaining one contestant was eliminated.[25]

Duel Draw Artist Song Judges' vote Score Result
Amdursky Peles Skaat Maimon Static & Tavori
I 1 Ketreyah "Wings" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 85% Advanced
2 Danielle Mazuz "No Diggity" No Yes No Yes Yes 69% Saved
II 3 Shefita "Bootylicious" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 83% Saved
4 Avraham de Carvalho "When We Were Young" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 88% Advanced
III 5 Klara Sabag & Osher Biton "Tafasta li makom" Yes No Yes Yes No 71% Eliminated
Saved[c]
6 Ofri Calfon & Shalva Band "Chalomot shel acherim" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 94% Advanced
IV 7 Tai "Breathe Me" No Yes No Yes Yes 72% Saved
8 Daniel Barzilai "Hello" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 79% Advanced
V 9 Kobi Marimi "Fuego" Yes Yes No Yes Yes 80% Saved
10 Maya Bouskilla "Rise Like a Phoenix" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 85% Advanced

Heat 2[edit]

The second heat was broadcast on 20 and 21 January 2019. The remaining eleven contestants were paired in duels. From each duel, the contestant with the higher score advanced to the next phase of the competition while the contestant with the lowest score at that moment had to choose its opponent at the end of each duel. At the end of the duels, the contestant with the lowest score was eliminated.

Draw Artist Song Judges' vote Score Result
Amdursky Peles Skaat Maimon Static & Tavori
First part (20 January 2019)[26]
1 Daniel Barzilai "Grenade" Yes Yes Yes Yes No 73% Advanced
2 Maya Bouskilla "Warrior" Yes Yes Yes Yes No 63% Advanced
3 Shefita "Broken" Yes Yes Yes Yes No 69% Advanced
4 Danielle Mazuz "Toxic" No Yes No No Yes 59% Advanced
5 Avraham de Carvalho "Back to Black" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 88% Advanced
6 Osher Biton "Harbe mimech nishar" No No Yes Yes No 47% Eliminated
7 Shalva Band "Hallelujah" Yes Yes did not vote Yes No 76% Advanced
8 Ofri Calfon "Ahava ka'zo" Yes Yes No No No 55% Advanced
Second part (21 January 2019)[27]
9 Kobi Marimi "Circle of Life" No Yes did not vote Yes Yes 70% Advanced
10 Tai "Love on the Brain" No No Yes Yes Yes 64% Advanced
11 Ketreyah "Kshalev boche" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 86% Advanced
Duels of the first part
Duel Artist Score Artist Score
I Daniel Barzilai 73% Maya Bouskilla 63%
II Maya Bouskilla 63% Shefita 69%
III Maya Bouskilla 63% Danielle Mazuz 59%
IV Danielle Mazuz 59% Avraham de Carvalho 88%
V Danielle Mazuz 59% Osher Biton 47%
VI Osher Biton 47% Shalva Band 76%
VII Osher Biton 47% Ofri Calfon 55%
Duels of the second part
VIII Osher Biton 47% Kobi Marimi 70%
IX Osher Biton 47% Tai 64%
X Osher Biton 47% Ketreyah 86%

Heat 3[edit]

The third heat was broadcast on 26 January 2019. The remaining ten contestants were paired in four thematical duels: in the first duel four contestants were paired in two duets, the contestants in the second duel had to sing about a personal story, the third duel consisted of votes of the audience only and the contestants in the fourth duel had to sing in duet with one of the judges, Harel Skaat. From each duel, the contestant with the higher score advanced to the next phase of the competition. At the end of the duels, four contestants who did not win their duels were saved by the judges and the remaining one contestant was eliminated.[28]

In the first and fourth duel, Harel Skaat was replaced by Gali Atari who, as part of Milk and Honey, won the Eurovision Song Contest 1979.

Duel Draw Artist Song Judges' vote Score Result
Amdursky Peles Skaat Maimon Static & Tavori
I 1 Maya Bouskilla & Ketreyah "Bang Bang" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 94% Advanced
2 Ofri Calfon & Daniel Barzilai "Lifnei she'yigamer" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 92% Saved
II 3 Danielle Mazuz "Make You Feel My Love" No Yes No did not vote No 58% Eliminated
4 Kobi Marimi "This Is Me" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 81% Advanced
III 5 Shefita "Material Girl" 37% Saved
6 Tai "Womanizer" 76% Advanced
IV 7 Shalva Band & Harel Skaat "Bechayai" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 83% Advanced
8 Avraham de Carvalho & Harel Skaat "Shallow" Yes Yes Yes Yes No 75% Saved

Heat 4[edit]

The fourth heat was broadcast on 27 and 28 January 2019. The remaining nine contestants performed behind the wall except for the first contestant. At the end of the performances, the contestant with the lowest score was eliminated.

Draw Artist Song Judges' vote Score Result
Amdursky Peles Skaat Maimon Static & Tavori
First part (27 January 2019)[29]
1 Kobi Marimi "Diamonds" Yes Yes Yes No No 48% Eliminated
2 Ketreyah "Stay" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 95% Advanced
3 Ofri Calfon "Runnin' (Lose It All)" Yes Yes No No Yes 71% Advanced
4 Shefita "Black Hole Sun" Yes Yes Yes Yes No 54% Advanced
5 Tai "Never Tear Us Apart" No Yes No Yes Yes 69% Advanced
6 Daniel Barzilai "Eifo hayit" No No Yes Yes No 59% Advanced
7 Maya Bouskilla "I Will Always Love You" Yes Yes Yes No Yes 77% Advanced
Second part (28 January 2019)[30]
8 Shalva Band "Ani ro'a bach mashehu tov" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 91% Advanced
9 Avraham de Carvalho "Let It Go" No No Yes did not vote Yes 56% Advanced

Semi-final 1[edit]

The first semi-final was broadcast on 2 February 2019 and consisted of two rounds: four of the remaining eight contestants were paired in two duels in the first round. From each duel, the contestant with the higher score advanced to the second round. At the end of the first round, one of the remaining two contestants was saved by the judges and the other contestant was eliminated. The winners of the two duels were paired in a third duel in the second round. At the end of the duel, each judge allocated twelve points to their favourite and ten points to their runner-up. In addition to the votes of the judges, 40 points in proportion to the votes of the audience were also allocated to the two contestants. In the end, the contestant with the higher number of points advanced directly to the final and the other contestant advanced to the next phase of the competition.[31]

In addition to the individual performances, the four contestants performed I Gotta Feeling prior to the first round.

On 5 February 2019 Shalva band announced that they would withdraw from the competition.[32]

First round
Duel Draw Artist Song Judges' vote Score Result
Amdursky Peles Skaat Maimon Static & Tavori
I 1 Ketreyah "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 88% Second round
2 Tai "Genius" No No No No No 42% Eliminated
II 3 Daniel Barzilai "Kshe'acher" No Yes No No No 30% Saved
4 Shalva Band "True Colors" Yes Yes No Yes Yes 84% Second round
Second round
Draw Artist Song Jury Audience Total Result
5 Shalva Band "Pizmon LaYakinton" 66 21 87 Withdrew
6 Ketreyah "HaSheket SheNish'ar" 66 19 85 Advanced
Detailed votes of the judges
Artist Amdursky Peles Skaat Maimon Static Tavori Total
Shalva Band 10 10 10 12 12 12 66
Ketreyah 12 12 12 10 10 10 66

Semi-final 2[edit]

The second semi-final was broadcast on 3 February 2019 and consisted of two rounds: four of the remaining eight contestants were paired in two duels in the first round. From each duel, the contestant with the higher score advanced to the second round. At the end of the first round, one of the remaining two contestants was saved by the judges and the other contestant was eliminated. The winners of the two duels were paired in a third duel in the second round. At the end of the duel, each judge allocated twelve points to their favourite and ten points to their runner-up. In addition to the votes of the judges, 40 points in proportion to the votes of the audience were also allocated to the two contestants. In the end, the contestant with the higher number of points advanced directly to the final and the other contestant advanced to the next phase of the competition.[33]

In addition to the individual performances, the four contestants performed Can't Stop the Feeling prior to the first round.

First round
Duel Draw Artist Song Judges' vote Score Result
Amdursky Peles Skaat Maimon Static & Tavori
I 1 Maya Bouskilla "Love on Top / We Will Rock You" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 85% Second round
2 Shefita "Imagine" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 72% Saved
II 3 Avraham de Carvalho "Writing's on the Wall" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 82% Second round
4 Ofri Calfon "Ya mama" Yes No Yes No No 55% Eliminated
Second round
Draw Artist Song Jury Audience Total Result
5 Avraham de Carvalho "Halo" 62 19 81 Advanced
6 Maya Bouskilla "A Million Voices" 70 21 91 Finalist
Detailed votes of the judges
Artist Amdursky Peles Skaat Maimon Static Tavori Total
Avraham de Carvalho 12 10 10 10 10 10 62
Maya Bouskilla 10 12 12 12 12 12 70

Semi-final 3[edit]

The third semi-final was broadcast on 4 February 2019. The remaining four contestants who did not advance automatically to the final performed behind the wall except for the first contestant. At the end of the performances, the contestant with the highest score advanced to the final.[34]

Draw Artist Song Judges' vote Score Result
Amdursky Peles Skaat Maimon Static & Tavori
1 Daniel Barzilai "Use Somebody" No Yes No No No 50% Advanced
2 Ketreyah "Rise Up" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 91% Finalist
3 Shefita "Lioness" Yes Yes Yes Yes No 65% Advanced
4 Avraham de Carvalho "Perfect" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 89% Advanced

Wildcard round[edit]

The wildcard round was broadcast on 7 February 2019. Two previously eliminated contestants were paired in a duel. At the end of the duel, each judge allocated twelve points to their favourite and ten points to their runner-up. In addition to the votes of the judges, 40 points in proportion to the votes of the audience were also allocated to the two contestants. In the end, the contestant with the higher number of points returned to the competition and the other contestant was eliminated.[35]

Draw Artist Song Jury Audience Total Result
1 Osher Biton "Pri ganech" 66 19 85 Eliminated
2 Kobi Marimi "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" 66 21 87 Wildcard
Detailed votes of the judges
Artist Amdursky Peles Skaat Maimon Static Tavori Total
Osher Biton 10 10 12 10 12 12 66
Kobi Marimi 12 12 10 12 10 10 66

Semi-final 4[edit]

The fourth semi-final was broadcast on 9 February 2019 and consisted of two rounds: the remaining four contestants were paired in two duels in the first round. From each duel, the contestant with the higher score advanced to the second round. At the end of the first round, one of the remaining two contestants was saved by the judges and the other contestant was eliminated. The remaining three contestants were paired in a third duel in the second round. At the end of the duel, each judge allocated twelve points to their favourite, ten points to their runner-up and eight points to their least favourite. In addition to the votes of the judges, 60 points in proportion to the votes of the audience were also allocated to the three contestants. In the end, the two contestants with the highest number of points advanced to the final and the third-placed contestant was eliminated.[36]

First round
Duel Draw Artist Song Judges' vote Score Result
Amdursky Peles Skaat Maimon Static & Tavori
I 1 Shefita "Crazy" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 74% Saved
2 Avraham de Carvalho "Believe" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 89% Second round
II 3 Daniel Barzilai "Im ha'ita ro'eh" No Yes Yes No Yes 58% Eliminated
4 Kobi Marimi "Russian Roulette" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 78% Second round
Second round
Draw Artist Song Jury Audience Total Result
5 Avraham de Carvalho "Stay with Me" 52 18 70 Eliminated
6 Shefita "Feeling Good" 62 20 82 Finalist
7 Kobi Marimi "Hallelujah" 66 22 88 Finalist
Detailed votes of the judges
Artist Amdursky Peles Skaat Maimon Static Tavori Total
Avraham de Carvalho 10 8 8 8 8 10 52
Shefita 12 10 12 10 10 8 62
Kobi Marimi 8 12 10 12 12 12 66

Final[edit]

The final was held on 12 February 2019 and consisted of two rounds: the remaining four contestants were paired in two duels in the first round. From each duel, the contestant with the higher score advanced to the second round. In the first round, each judge could boost the contestants' score by three percent instead of the original eight. At the end of the first round, one of the remaining two contestants was saved by the viewers and the other contestant was eliminated.

The remaining three contestants were paired in a third duel in the second round. At the end of the duel, each judge allocated twelve points to their favourite, ten points to their runner-up and eight points to their least favourite. In addition to the votes of the judges, 270 points in proportion to the votes of the audience were also allocated to the three contestants. In the end, the contestant with the highest number of points won the competition.[37]

Additionally, three thematical jury groups were asked to vote by the same method as the in-studio judges in the second round. The members of the three jury groups were:

In addition to the individual performances, the four contestants performed a medley of Toy and High Hopes prior to the first round and the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, Netta performed Bassa Sababa as an interval act.

First round
Duel Draw Artist Song Judges' vote Score Result
Amdursky Peles Skaat Maimon Static & Tavori
I 1 Ketreyah "Locked Out of Heaven" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 68% Second round
2 Shefita "My Way" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 65% Saved
II 3 Maya Bouskilla "Euphoria" No Yes Yes Yes No 54% 4th
4 Kobi Marimi "Always" No Yes Yes Yes Yes 79% Second round
Second round
Draw Artist Song Jury Viewers Total Result
5 Shefita "Broken" 90 70 160 3
6 Kobi Marimi "Let It Be" 102 113 215 1
7 Ketreyah "Impossible" 78 87 165 2
Detailed votes of the jury
Artist Amdursky Peles Skaat Maimon Static Tavori Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Total
Shefita 12 10 10 10 10 12 8 8 10 90
Kobi Marimi 8 12 12 12 12 10 12 12 12 102
Ketreyah 10 8 8 8 8 8 10 10 8 78

Promotion[edit]

At Eurovision[edit]

The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will take place at the Expo Tel Aviv in Tel Aviv, Israel and consist of two semi-finals on 14 and 16 May and a final on 18 May 2019. According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) were required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final will progress to the final. As the host country, Israel automatically qualifies to compete in the final. In addition to its participation in the final, Israel will also be required to broadcast and vote in one of the two semi-finals.

Voting[edit]

Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation's jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member, as well as the nation's televoting results, were released shortly after the grand final.[38]

Final[edit]

Israel was drawn to compete in the first half performed 14th in the final, receiving a total of 35 points: 35 points from the televoting and 0 points from the juries.Making it the fourth time since 2015 that the host country ranked in the bottom five.

Points awarded to Israel[edit]

Points awarded to Israel (Final)
Televote
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Jury
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Israel[edit]

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprised the Israeli jury:[38]

  • Aviad Rosenbaum – Chairperson – Head of music KAN
  • Doron Talmon – singer, songwriter
  • Shlomit Aharon – professional singer
  • Dikla Dori – singer, songwriter, musician
  • Avi Ochayon – songwriter and composer

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Harel Skaat was not present during the audition, therefore he did not vote. The remaining four judges could boost each contestant's score by 10% instead of the original 8.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Keren Peles was not present during the audition, therefore she did not vote. The remaining four judges could boost each contestant's score by 10% instead of the original 8.
  3. ^ At the end of the show, Klara Sabag was eliminated while Osher Biton was saved by the judges.

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