Rising Star (Israeli TV series)

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Rising Star
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HaKokhav HaBa
הכוכב הבא
GenreReality television
Created byAsaf Spector Shenkar
Yoav Tzafir
Avi Nir
Developed byScreenz Cross Media LTD
Presented byAssi Azar
Esti Ginzburg (season 1)
Rotem Sela (season 2–)
JudgesRita (season 1)
Tzvika Hadar (season 1)
Rani Rahav (season 1)
Eyal Golan (first half season 1)
Mooki (second half season 1–3)
Asaf Atedgi (season 2–3)
Harel Skaat (season 2–6)
Static & Ben El Tavori (season 4–8)
Keren Peles (season 2–)
Assaf Amdursky (season 4–)
Shiri Maimon (season 6–)
Itay Levy (season 7–)
Ninet Tayeb (season 8–)
Ran Danker (season 9–)
Theme music composerSylas McGriff
Country of originIsrael
No. of seasons8
Running time90–120 minutes
Production companyKeshet
DistributorKeshet International
Original networkChannel 2 (2013–2017)
Keshet 12 (2017–)
Original release17 September 2013 (2013-09-17) –
Preceded byKokhav Nolad

HaKokhav HaBa (Hebrew: הַכּוֹכָב הַבָּא, translated as "The Next Star"; formerly HaKokhav HaBa LaErovizion, Rising Star to the Eurovision) is an Israeli interactive reality singing competition, which was first broadcast on Channel 2 from 17 September 2013. It is based on the Rising Star franchise created by Keshet Broadcasting. The show is a continuation of the former program Kokhav Nolad (meaning "A Star is Born") which featured aspiring singers competing for a winning title. The program's format combines the internet, smartphones and television and is filmed live.

The shows inaugurative season in 2013 was won by Evyatar Korkus. Since season 2 until season 7, the winner was given the opportunity to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest.[1] 2014–2015 winner Nadav Guedj represented Israel in 2015 with "Golden Boy" 2015–2016 winner Hovi Star represented Israel in 2016 with "Made of Stars", 2016–2017 winner Imri Ziv represented Israel in 2017 with "I Feel Alive", and 2017–2018 winner Netta Barzilai who went on to win the 2018 contest with "Toy". Kobi Marimi won in 2019 and represented Israel on home soil in Tel Aviv. Eden Alene won in 2020, and was due to represent Israel with the song Feker Libi, however the contest was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Alene was re-announced as the Israeli representative for the upcoming 2021 contest a few days after its cancellation. Starting from season 8, the prize for the winner of the show will no longer be representing Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest (The X Factor Israel received that honor instead), but instead, the prize will be money for helping for the winner developing his career, just like it used to be in season 1.


As the season begins, each contestant is asked to perform a well-known song in front of judges. After the song, a vote is taken among judges whether to transfer the applicant to the test stage facing the audience at home. If the judges are not sure about how to vote, the contestant is required to perform another song, and then a decision is made.[citation needed]

Contestants who do move forward must then sing in front of an audience. Viewers then connect with an app at makoTV and decide in real time whether a contestant passes or does not pass.[citation needed]

Judges also influence the test stage - all judges may support the promotion of the contestant and thereby add 8% percent if there are five judges or 10% if there are four. Once the contestant reaches 70% of votes they "pass" and the screen opens and the contestant goes to the next level. 14 singers then move on to a section where the judges and the audience at home vote. At the final stage, four singers are left and one will be elected "The Next Star".[citation needed]

Seasons overview[edit]

Season Premiere Finale Winner Second place Third place Fourth place Presenter(s) Judges
One 17 September 2013 25 December 2013 Evyatar Korkus Arye & Gil Gat Tina Ibagrimov Rinat Cohen Assi Azar
Esti Ginzburg
Rita Jahanforuz
Zvika Hadar
Rani Rahav
Eyal Golan (first half)
Muki (second half)
Two 9 December 2014 17 February 2015 Nadav Guedj Iky Levy & The Rasta Hebrew Men Sari Nachmias Avia Shoshani Assi Azar
Rotem Sela
Asaf Atedgi
Keren Peles
Harel Skaat
Three 5 December 2015 3 March 2016 Hovi Star Nofar Salman Ella Daniel Gil Hadash
Four 2 January 2017 13 February 2017 Imri Ziv Diana Golbi Julieta Beatbox Element Keren Peles
Harel Skaat
Assaf Amdursky
Static & Ben-El Tavori
Five 29 October 2017 23 February 2018 Netta Mergui Riki Ben Ari Chen Aharoni
Six 24 November 2018 12 February 2019 Kobi Marimi Keteryah Shefita Maya Bouskilla Asaf Amdursky
Keren Peles
Shiri Maimon
Harel Skaat
Static & Ben-El Tavori
Seven 20 November 2019 4 February 2020 Eden Alene Ella Lee Orr Amrami Brockman Gaya Shaki Asaf Amdursky
Itay Levy
Keren Peles
Shiri Maimon
Static & Ben-El Tavori
Eight 1 June 2021 1 September 2021 Tamir Grinberg Valerie Hamaty Matan Levi Shay Hamber Asaf Amdursky
Itay Levy
Keren Peles
Ninet Tayeb
Shiri Maimon
Static & Ben-El Tavori
Nine 18 July 2022 Currect TBA TBA TBA TBA Asaf Amdursky
Itay Levy
Keren Peles
Ninet Tayeb
Shiri Maimon
Ran Danker

Season 1 (2013)[edit]

HaKokhav HaBa 1 Finalists
(With dates of elimination)
Evyatar Korkus 25 December - Winner
Arye & Gil Gat 25 December
Tina Ibagrimov 25 December
Rinat Cohen 25 December
Omer Datz 17 December
David Drey 10 December
Elias Melayev 3 December (Quit)
Inbal Bekman 26 November
Hen Levy 26 November
Lior Peretz 19 November
Roni Israeli 17 November
Alon Tube 12 November
Dondit Jon 5 November
George Abu Shkara 3 November

This season host is Assi Azar and the co-host is Esti Ginzburg. The judges are Rita, Zvika Hadar, Muki and Rani Rahav. Eyal Golan judged the program until his suspension on 20 November 2013, and after four days was replaced by Muki.[citation needed]


In order:[citation needed]

  • George Abu Shakra – 14th Place
  • Dondit Jon – 13th Place
  • Alon Tube – 12th Place
  • Roni Israeli – 11th Place
  • Lior Peretz – 10th Place
  • Hen Levy – 9th Place
  • Inbal Bekman – 8th Place
  • Elias Melayev – 7th Place (Quit)
  • David Drey – 6th Place
  • Omer Datz – 5th Place


  • Rinat Cohen – Fourth place
  • Tina Ibagrimov – Third place
  • Arye & Gil Gat – Second place
  • Evyatar KorkusWinner
Weekly results per contestant
Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10
Evyatar Korkus Saved Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Saved Winner
(Week 10)
Arye & Gil Gat Safe Safe Safe Saved Safe Safe Saved Safe Safe Runner-up
Tina Ibagrimov Safe Safe Safe Saved Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe 3rd
Rinat Cohen Safe Safe Saved Saved Saved Safe Saved Saved Saved 4th
Omer Datz Saved Saved Safe Safe Safe Saved Saved Saved Eliminated Eliminated
(week 9)
David Drey Saved Safe Safe Safe Saved Saved Saved Eliminated Eliminated
(week 8)
Elias Melayev Safe Saved Safe Safe Safe Saved Quit
(week 6)
Inbal Bekman Safe Saved Safe Safe Saved Eliminated Eliminated
(week 6)
Hen Levy Saved Saved Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 5)
Lior Peretz Saved Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 4)
Roni Israeli Safe Saved Eliminated Eliminated
(week 3)
Alon Tube Saved Eliminated Eliminated
(week 2)
Dondit Jon Eliminated Eliminated
(week 1)
George Abu Shakra Eliminated Eliminated
(week 1)

Season 2 (2014–15)[edit]

HaKokhav HaBa 2 Finalists
(With dates of elimination)
Nadav Guedj 17 February - Winner
Iky Levy & The Rasta Hebrew Men 17 February
Sari Nachmias 17 February
Avia Shoshani 17 February
Orit Biansey 8 February
Sa'ar "Rusty" Davidov 8 February
Nava Tehila Walker 1 February
Yifi and Osher Aricha 27 January
Liroz Balas 25 January
Asif Zilberman 25 January
Eva Al Kanrash 20 January
David Maman 20 January
Random Dogs 20 January
Almog Nasawi 18 January
Zadok Garamech 18 January
Evyatar Adir 18 January

The winner of season two would represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.[1]


In order:

  • Evyatar Adir – 16th Place
  • Zadok Garamech – 15th Place
  • Almog Nasawi – 14th Place
  • Random Dogs – 13th Place
  • David Maman – 12th Place
  • Eva Al Kanrash – 11th Place
  • Asif Zilberman – 10th Place
  • Liroz Balas – 9th Place
  • Yifi and Osher Aricha – 8th Place
  • Nava Tehila Walker – 7th Place
  • Saar "Rusty" Davidov – 6th Place
  • Orit Biansey – 5th Place


  • Avia Shoshani – Fourth place
  • Sary Nachmias – Third place
  • Iky Levy and the Rasta Hebrew Men –Second place
  • Nadav GuedjWinner

Season 3 (2015–16)[edit]

HaKokhav HaBa 3 Finalists
(With dates of elimination)
Hovi Star 3 March - Winner
Nofar Salman 3 March
Ella Daniel 3 March
Gil Hadash 3 March
Kiara Duple (Lior Cohen) 27 February
"Velma" 27 February
Oded Sharavi 20 February
Ofir Haim 19 February
Shtar 19 February
Uriel Aharoni 13 February
Neomi Ezran 12 February
Avi Eliot Alush and Sister Shvakya 12 February
Yoni Grayev 12 February
Sharon Fartouk 5 February
Maya Bernadski 5 February
Alma Kalbermann 5 February

This season was named "The Next Star to the Eurovision" The winner of season three would represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.


In order:

  • Alma Kalbermann - 16th Place
  • Maya Bernadski - 15th Place
  • Sharon Fartouk - 14th Place
  • Yoni Grayev - 13th Place
  • Avi Eliot Alush and Sister Shvakya - 12th Place
  • Neomi Ezran - 11th Place
  • Uriel Aharoni - 10th Place
  • Shtar - 9th Place
  • Ofir Haim - 8th Place
  • Oded Sharavi - 7th Place
  • "Velma" - 6th Place
  • Kiara Duple (Lior Cohen) - 5th Place


  • Gil Hadash – Fourth place
  • Ella Daniel - Third place
  • Nofar Salman - Second place
  • Hovi Star - Winner

Season 4 (2017)[edit]

HaKokhav HaBa 4 Finalists
(With dates of elimination)
Imri 13 February - Winner
Diana Golbi 13 February
Julietta 13 February
Beatbox Element 13 February
Sapir Nahon 6 February
Ta-La-Te 6 February
Halli Lewis 31 January
Yona Shabin 31 January

The winner of season four would represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The show is hosted by Yael Goldman joined by Assi Azar and Rotem Sela. The presiding judges are Keren Peles and Harel Skaat who were judges in the previous two seasons joined by new judges Assaf Amdursky and the duo Static and Ben El Tavori.


In order:

  • Yona Shabin - 8th Place
  • Hally Lewis - 7th Place
  • Ta-La-Te - 6th Place
  • Sapir Nahon - 5th Place


  • Beatbox Element - Fourth Place
  • Julieta - Third place
  • Diana Golbi - Second place
  • Imri - Winner

Season 5 (2017–18)[edit]

HaKokhav HaBa 5 Finalists
(With dates of elimination)
Netta 13 February - Winner
Mergui 13 February
Riki Ben Ari 13 February
Chen Aharoni 13 February
Eden Meiri 11 February
Howie Danao 11 February
Ravit Batashvili 7 February
Adava Omer 7 February
José Steinberg 29 January
Shay & Gilad 22 January
Sarit Hativa 21 January
Rinat Bar 14 January (Quit)
Gal Yaakobi 8 January
Jaki Gaforov 8 January
Shir Gadasi 7 January
The Choice 7 January
Shir Baruch 7 January
Ofir Harush 4 January
Tal Mizrahi 4 January
Axum 4 January

Israel participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 as the Israeli broadcaster Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC) for the first time collaborated with the commercial broadcaster Keshet and Tedy Productions which organized the reality singing competition HaKokhav HaBa L'Eurovizion ("The Next Star for Eurovision") to select the singer to represent Israel, while the song was chosen by a committee of the Israeli broadcaster. Four contestants reached the final, Chen Aharoni, Jonathan Mergui, Riki Ben Ari and Netta Barzilai. The season was won by Netta Barzilai, the first woman to win the series. As a result, she represented Israel at Eurovision Song Contest 2018. She went on to win the contest in Lisbon with the song "Toy" earning 529 points.


In order:

  • Axum - 20th Place
  • Tal Mizrahi - 19th Place
  • Ofir Harush - 18th Place
  • Shir Baruch - 17th Place
  • The Choice - 16th Place
  • Shir Gadasi - 15th Place
  • Jaki Gaforov - 14th Place
  • Gal Yaakobi - 13th Place
  • Rinat Bar (Quit) - 12th Place
  • Sarit Hativa - 11th Place
  • Shay & Gilad - 10th Place
  • José Steinberg - 9th Place
  • Adava Omer - 8th Place
  • Ravit Batashvili - 7th Place
  • Howie Danao - 6th Place
  • Eden Meiri - 5th Place


Season 6 (2018–19)[edit]

HaKokhav HaBa 6 Finalists
(With dates of elimination)
Kobi Marimi 28 January (Rejoined on 7 February), 12 February - Winner
Ketreyah 12 February
Shefita 12 February
Maya Bouskilla 12 February
Avraham de Carvalho 9 February
Daniel Barzilai 9 February
Shalva Band 5 February (Quit)
Ofri Calfon 3 February
Tai 2 February
Danielle Mazuz 26 January
Osher Biton 21 January
Klara Sabag 19 January
Naor Cohen 15 January
Nave Madmon 15 January
Nitay Twito 15 January
Liat Eliyahu 14 January
Naama Gali Cohen 14 January
Lior Chen 13 January
Shachaf 13 January
Wanna Wanna 13 January

Kobi Marimi won the show with 383 points, beating runner up Keteryah and third place Shefita. Kobi represented Israel at Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with his song "Home".


In order:

  • Wanna Wanna - 20th Place
  • Shachaf - 19th Place
  • Lior Chen - 18th Place
  • Naama Gali Cohen - 17th Place
  • Liat Eliyahu - 16th Place
  • Nitay Twito - 15th Place
  • Nave Madmon - 14th Place
  • Naor Cohen - 13th Place
  • Klara Sabag - 12th Place
  • Osher Biton - 11th Place
  • Danielle Mazuz - 10th Place
  • Tai - 9th Place
  • Ofri Calfon - 8th Place
  • Daniel Barzilai - 7th Place
  • Avraham de Carvalho - 6th Place


Season 7 (2019–20)[edit]

HaKokhav HaBa 7 Finalists
(With dates of elimination)
Eden Alene 4 February - Winner
Ella Lee 4 February
Orr Amrami Brockman 4 February
Gaya Shaki 4 February
Raviv Kaner 2 February
Moran Aharoni 2 February
Lali Kolishkin 1 February
Ohad Shragai 1 February
Loai Ali 30 January
Eden Zohar Sivan 27 January
Dorel Saadon 25 January
Omer Eliyahu 20 January
Avihu Pinhasov Rhythm Club 18 January
Nicki Goldstein 13 January
Linoy Akala and Gil Shapira 11 January
HaTavlinim 11 January
Oneg Israel 9 January
Dana Lapidot 5 January
Nathan Katorza 4 January
Or Eddie 4 January

This season was announced by the IPBC to be the last season as the method of choosing the artist for Eurovision. Eden Alene emerged as the winner, however, the Eurovision contest for this year was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Alene was re-selected to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 instead.


In order:

  • Or Eddie - 20th Place
  • Nathan Katorza - 19th Place
  • Dana Lapidot - 18th Place
  • Oneg Israel - 17th Place
  • HaTavlinim - 16th Place
  • Linoy Akala and Gil Shapira - 15th Place
  • Nicki Goldstein - 14th Place
  • Avihu Pinhasov Rhythm Club - 13th Place
  • Omer Eliyahu - 12th Place
  • Dorel Saadon - 11th Place
  • Eden Zohar Sivan - 10th Place
  • Loai Ali - 9th Place
  • Ohad Shragai - 8th Place
  • Lali Kolishkin - 7th Place
  • Moran Aharoni - 6th Place
  • Raviv Kaner - 5th Place


  • Gaya Shaki - Fourth place
  • Orr Amrami Brockman - Third place
  • Ella Lee - Second place
  • Eden Alene - Winner

Season 8 (2021)[edit]

HaKokhav HaBa 8 Finalists
(With dates of elimination)
Tamir Grinberg 1 September - Winner
Valerie Hamaty 1 September
Matan Levi 1 September
Shay Hamber 1 September
Anael Moshe 29 August
Sahar Twito 29 August
Dorin Hirvy 26 August
Tamar Azran 26 August
Lia Shaked 24 August
Maayan Bukris 22 August
Adar Kagan 17 August
Mira Semenduev 15 August
Noa Yosefian 10 August
Yotal Guez 10 August
David Meir Ziton 10 August
Orit Shalom 3 August
Ella Lavie 1 August
Ofri Tal 1 August
Niv Shaked 1 August
Naor Ormia 1 August
Matan Agami 26 July
Shalev Edri 24 July

Starting from this season, the show is no longer used to select the Israeli representative for the Eurovision Song Contest (The X Factor Israel received this honor instead). Instead, the grand prize for the winner is one million shekels for starting his career, a similar prize of season 1. The cast of hosts and judges remained the same as the previous season, with Ninet Tayeb joining the judges as well.


In order:

  • Shalev Edri - 22nd Place
  • Matan Agami - 21st Place
  • Naor Ormia - 20th Place
  • Niv Shaked - 19th Place
  • Ofri Tal - 18th Place
  • Ella Lavie - 17th Place
  • Orit Shalom - 16th Place
  • David Meir Ziton - 15th Place
  • Yotal Guez - 14th Place
  • Noa Yosefian - 13th Place
  • Mira Semenduev - 12th Place
  • Adar Kagan - 11th Place
  • Maayan Bukris - 10th Place
  • Lia Shaked - 9th Place
  • Tamar Azran - 8th Place
  • Dorin Hirvy - 7th Place
  • Sahar Twito - 6th Place
  • Anael Moshe - 5th Place


  • Shay Hamber - Fourth place
  • Matan Levi - Third place
  • Valerie Hamaty - Second place
  • Tamir Grinberg - Winner
Weekly results per contestant
Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7
Tamir Grinberg Safe Safe Safe Saved Safe Safe Winner
(Week 7)
Valerie Hamaty Safe Safe Safe Saved Safe Safe Runner-up
Matan Levi Safe Saved Safe Safe Safe Safe 3rd
Shay Hamber Saved Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe 4th
Anael Moshe Safe Saved Safe Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 6)
Sahar Twito Safe Saved Safe Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 6)
Dorin Hirvi Safe Saved Saved Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 6)
Tamar Azran Safe Saved Saved Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 6)
Lia Shaked Saved Safe Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 5)
Maayan Bukris Safe Safe Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 5)
Adar Kagan Safe Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 4)
Mira Semenduev Saved Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 4)
Noa Yosefian Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 3)
Yotal Guez Safe Saved Eliminated Eliminated
(week 3)
David Meir Ziton Saved Saved Eliminated Eliminated
(week 3)
Orit Shalom Saved Eliminated Eliminated
(week 2)
Ella Lavie Eliminated Eliminated
(week 1)
Ofri Tal Eliminated Eliminated
(week 1)
Niv Shaked Eliminated Eliminated
(week 1)
Naor Ormia Eliminated Eliminated
(week 1)
Matan Agami Eliminated Eliminated
(week 1)
Shalev Edri Eliminated Eliminated
(week 1)

Season 9 (2022)[edit]

In February 17, 2022, Static & Ben El Tavori retired from the show and Ran Danker replaced them. Season 9 will begin on July 18, 2022.

Eurovision performance[edit]

Year Song Artist Final Points Semi Points
2015 "Golden Boy" Nadav Guedj 9 97 3 151
2016 "Made of Stars" Hovi Star 14 135 7 147
2017 "I Feel Alive" IMRI 23 39 3 207
2018 "Toy" Netta 1 529 1 283
2019 "Home" Kobi Marimi 23 35 Host country
2020 "Feker Libi" Eden Alene Contest cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 "Set Me Free" Eden Alene 17 93 5 192

International versions[edit]

After the success of the Israeli series in 2013, many television stations throughout the world bought the rights and started broadcasting similar series.

The American television network ABC began airing its first series of Rising Star in June 2014 from Los Angeles.[2] The US edition was also carried in Canada, with advertising simultaneous substitution and voting access on CTV.[3] The show was canceled after its full 10-episode season due to low ratings in its target demographic, and extremely low ratings on the German and French versions.

Another major broadcaster RTL Television launched a German language version in Germany. But following reported poor ratings on its early shows, it announced it was bringing Rising Star Germany scheduled final forward airing an extended one-day finale between 20.15 and 00.00 to decide the winning performer, rather than completing the full 10-episode scheduled season originally planned.[4]

The UK ITV channel bought the rights, but canceled its scheduled launch[5] citing lower-than-expected viewership in similar launches in the United States and Germany. Canale 5 also bought the rights to an Italian version of the show, which was also canceled during development for unexplained reasons.

French television M6, with its first season, launched in September 2014 keeping the title Rising Star. The French version had a shortened season due to low ratings. The Italian television Canale 5 launched its version as Rising Star.

Other broadcasters that adapted the series include Argentine Telefe as Elegidos (La música en tus manos), Brazilian Rede Globo as SuperStar, Chinese CCTV-3, Greek ANT1 , Hungarian TV2 as Rising Star, Indonesian RCTI as Rising Star Indonesia (later, MNCTV as sister channel of RCTI make dangdut version of this show entitled Rising Star Indonesia Dangdut), Portuguese Televisão Independente (TVI) as Rising Star: A próxima estrela, Russia-1 as Артист (Artist), and Turkish TV8 as Yükselen Yıldız. The Russian version of the show had a shortened season due to low ratings on the French and German versions, while the Portuguese and Brazilian versions became quickly popular, but neither lasted more than three seasons; the Brazilian version ended in 2016 after three seasons due to declining viewership. The Indonesian version is the longest-running version of the show outside of Israel.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Granger, Anthony (5 October 2014). "Israel: HaKokhav HaBa (Rising Star) Winner To ESC 2015". Eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  2. ^ "ABC's 'Rising Star' Juggles Time Zones to Allow For Live Voting". Variety. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  3. ^ "RISING STAR App Now Available from CTV.ca as Canadians Invited to Judge New Interactive Music Competition Series, Premiering Sunday" (Press release). CNW. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  4. ^ C21Media: Rising Star falls in Germany
  5. ^ Plunkett, John (17 September 2014). "ITV drops Rising Star talent show format". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 August 2020.

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