Israel’s casting selection HaKokhav HaBa already has an impressive record in selecting Eurovision artists, with Israel making the final on the three instances that the competition was used. After tonight’s showing of the singing competition, four acts have advanced to the next round with some promising performances!

The first heat of the competition saw pairs of the selected artists compete against each other for a spot in the next round following another performance for the Israeli audience and the judging panel of Asaf Amdursky, Keren Peles, Harel Ska’at, Static & Ben-El Tavori and special guest judge Ninet Tayeb.

The results were as follows;

  • Riki Ben Ari (82%) advances over Rinat Bar (77%)
  • Jonathan Mergui (88%) advances over Axum (74%)
  • Netta Barzilai (79%) advances over Tal Mizrahi (49%)
  • Ravit Batashvili (82% advances over Ofir Harush (68%)

As ever #YOU can watch the performances HERE.

The next show of HaKokhav HaBa or The Next Star will take place on Sunday 7th January as the remaining 12 hopefuls do battle for the remaining six spots in the next round, and #YOU can catch up on what happens there with us!

Who do #YOU like the most in this year’s selection? Share your thoughts with us on our Israeli forum thread HERE or join the discussion below and on social media!

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