After 16 audition shows, this week the national selection competition 'HaKokhav HaBa L'Eurovizion' heated up in Israel as the 67 acts that successfully advanced in their auditions were made to perform once again where they will be cut down to a Top 20 ahead of the live heats. If you're still catching up on the auditions, here at Eurovoxx we narrowed all the auditions down to our personal Top 10. You can find out who made our list here.
In this stage of the competition, each of the judging panel has a buzzer they can press to reward the performances with 20% each. The five participants with the highest percentages at the end of each show will advance. The judging panel consists of Shiri Maimon (Eurovision 2005), Harel Skaat (Eurovision 2010), singers Keren Peles, Assaf Amdursky and musical duo Static & Ben El Tavori.
The Top 20 acts will be competing from next week in the live heats are:
Avraham de Carvalho
Naama Gali Cohen
This year a change to the format of 'HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion' occurred as the public will be able to vote for the Eurovision song that will represent them at their home-hosted Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv towards the end of the competition - a change on the past two years which saw the song internally selected for the competition winner and released at a later date.
Did your favourite make it through? Is there anybody you wish had gotten through? Let us know in the comments below or via our social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube for the latest Eurovision news, national selection updates & exclusive video content!