Israel: HaKokhav HaBa 2024

Israel 2024: HaKokhav HaBa returns

Israel's selection for Eurovision 2024, "HaKokhav HaBa" saved from postponement. The first auditions will be aired on 31 October


Premiere of HaKokhav HaBa postponed

Israeli channel Keshet 12 has announced that the premiere of HaKokhav HaBa is postponed following the death of two Israeli soldiers in the war between Israel and Hamas:

– In light of the news that has now been allowed to be published, HaKokhav HaBa will not be broadcast tonight. Our hearts go out to the families.

Source: KIPA

It happens now and then that the events of the outside world affect the Eurovision Song Contest. In light of the ongoing situation in the region, the Israeli Home Front Command put the kibosh on the initial filming of this year's HaKokhav HaBa, also known as "Rising Star." The filming was set to begin several weeks ago, but the show was indefinitely postponed. Filming has now resumed, and the first auditions are set to begin airing on 31 October 2023.

Despite the fact that filming will resume, there have been some changes to the format. There will be no live audience. Instead, a focus group will be used to determine the 40% of the result that won't be covered by the votes from the viewing audience at home.

The judges for the shows are:

  • Assaf Amdursky (singer, songwriter)
  • Eden Hason (singer, songwriter, producer)
  • Itay Levi (singer)
  • Keren Peles (singer, songwriter)
  • Ran Danker (actor, singer)
  • Shiri Maymon (singer, Israel 2005)

HaKokhav HaBa

HaKokhav HaBa was used consistently as Israel's national selection process from 2015 to 2021, and garnered some very good results for the small nation, including a win in 2018 by Netta with "Toy."

Noa Kirel, internally selected to represent Israel at this year's contest, finished in a very respectable 3rd place with the song "Unicorn." But perhaps the Israeli broadcaster is hoping to repeat the success of 2018 by returning to a televised selection show.

Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest

Israel 1978: Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta - "A-Ba-Ni-Bi"

Israel has participated in Eurovision 45 times since their debut in 1973. They have won the contest four times:

Israel 1978: Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta - "A-Ba-Ni-Bi"

Israel has never finished last in the contest! Since the introduction of the Semi-finals in 2004, Israel has qualified for the Grand Final 12 out of 19 times.

About the author: Christopher Carlson (United States)

Christopher Carlson is our American correspondent. His interest in Eurovision began in high school when his Spanish teacher would often play "Eres Tu" by Mocedades for the class. Later encounters with Eurovision occurred upon discovering Secret Garden's "Nocturne". As a fan of history as well as music Christopher enjoys writing articles that discuss the roots and foundations of the Eurovision Song Contest. Topping the list of his favorite songs are "Heel de wereld" by Corry Brokken, "Eres Tu" by Mocedades, "Inje" by Vanya Radovanovic and "You are the only one" by Sergey Lazarev.

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