Tonight saw the end of Israel talent search competition ‘Israel’s Rising Star’. After months of auditions, eliminations and tonight’s final, Hovi Star was crowned the winner with song ‘Made of Stars’ which he will sing, representing Israel at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.
Israel have a pretty impressive three wins under their belt since they first competed at Eurovision in 1973. This includes back to back victories for Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta’s ‘A-Ba-Ni-Bi’ in 1978 and Gali Atari and Milk and Honey’s ‘Hallelujah’ in 1979. Their most recent win was when Dana International won in 1998 with Europop anthem ‘Diva’.
Since then they haven’t fared so well with a four year run from 2011 to 2014 where they failed to qualify for the final. Even having Dana International return in 2011 with ‘Ding Dong’ couldn’t get them out of the rut. 2015 saw 16 year old Nadav Guedj win Israel’s Rising Star contest and he was selected to represent his country with ‘Golden Boy’, which resulted in their best outcome in over a decade when it finished ninth. Can they keep this momentum going and propel their 2016 entry even higher into the top ten?