Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018

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Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Country Israel
National selection
Selection processArtist: HaKokhav HaBa L'Eurovizion
Song: Internal Selection
Selection date(s)Artist: 13 February 2018
Song: 11 March 2018
Selected entrantNetta Barzilai
Selected song"Toy"
Selected songwriter(s)Doron Medalie
Stav Beger
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (1st, 283 points)
Final result1st, 529 points
Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄201720182019►

Israel participated in and won the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The Israeli broadcaster Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC) collaborated with the commercial broadcaster Keshet and Tedy Productions, which organised the reality singing competition HaKokhav HaBa L'Eurovizion ("The Next Star For Eurovision") to select the singer. The winner of the Israeli national selection was Netta Barzilai and a committee of the Israeli broadcaster internally selected the song "Toy" for her.

Background[edit]

Prior to the 2018 Contest, Israel had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest forty times since its first entry in 1973.[1] Israel has won the contest on three occasions: in 1978 with the song "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" performed by Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta, in 1979 with the song "Hallelujah" performed by Milk and Honey and in 1998 with the song "Diva" performed by Dana International. Since the introduction of semi-finals to the format of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004, Israel has, to this point, managed to qualify to the final seven times, including three top ten results in 2005 with Shiri Maimon and "Hasheket Shenish'ar" placing fourth, in 2008 with Boaz and "The Fire In Your Eyes" placing ninth, and in 2015 with Nadav Guedj and "Golden Boy" placing ninth. Israel had failed to qualify to the final for four consecutive years between 2011 and 2014 prior to their qualification in 2015. In 2017, Imri Ziv represented Israel in Kyiv, Ukraine with the song "I Feel Alive". It ended 23rd out of 26 entries in the final.

The Israeli entry for the 2018 Contest in Lisbon, Portugal was selected through the reality singing competition HaKokhav HaBa L'Eirovizion ("The Next Star for Eurovision"), which was organised by Keshet and Tedy Productions. This was the fourth time that the Israeli entry was selected through a collaboration with Keshet and Tedy Productions.

Before Eurovision[edit]

HaKokhav HaBa L'Eurovizion[edit]

The singer who will perform the Israeli entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be selected through the reality singing competition HaKokhav HaBa L'Eurovizion ("The Next Star for Eurovision"), the original version of the international format Rising Star produced by Tedy Productions and Keshet Media Group. HaKokhav HaBa has been used since 2015 to select the Israeli artist for Eurovision. The shows will be hosted by Assi Azar and Rotem Sela and will feature a judging panel composed of Asaf Amdursky, Keren Peles, Harel Skaat (2010 Israeli Eurovision entrant) and Static & Ben-El Tavori.The competition consists of twenty shows, which commenced on 29 October 2017 and will conclude in late February/early March 2018. All shows in the competition will be broadcast on Channel 2 and Keshet 12 as well as online via mako.co.il.

Out of the selected 120 contestants ninety-nine were shown in the televised auditions where performers were required to achieve 70% of the votes during their performance in order to advance; each member of the judging panel could boost a performer's score by 10%. Following a change in the rules of the competition, the hosts of the shows could also save performers who did not manage to achieve 70% of the votes during the audition phase, thus the selected performers would also advance, regardless to their scores during the auditions. In the end, seventy contestants advanced to the next round instead of the original seventy-one, following one contestant's withdrawal from the competition.

In the shortlisting round the remaining seventy contestants were required to perform in front of the jury. The jury then selected twenty performers who qualified for the next stage of the competition.

The twenty performers were reduced to twelve in heat 1 and 2. And then from twelve to ten in heat 3 and 4.

Shows[edit]

Audition 1 (29 and 31 October 2017)[edit]

The first audition was broadcast in two parts on 29 and 31 October 2017. Seven of the nine contestants advanced to the next phase following achieving at least 70% of the votes while one contestant who did not get enough votes to qualify was saved by the hosts.

Among the contestants was Chen Aharoni who previously participated in the 2011 national final where he placed fourth with the song "Or".[2][3]

DrawPerformerSongJudges' votePresenters' voteScoreResult
AmdurskyPelesSkaatStatic & TavoriSelaAzar
1Jaki Gaforov"Feeling Good"YesYesYesYes76%Advanced
2Adva Omer"Ratsiti ledaber itcha"NoYesYesYes73%Advanced
3Tamir Cohen"Kol boker"NoNoNoNo6%Eliminated
4Jonathan Mergui"How Far I'll Go"YesYesYesYes88%Advanced
5Mor Karbasi"Im ha'ita ro'eh"NoYesNoYesSaveSave59%Saved
6Netta Barzilai"Rude Boy"YesYesYesYes82%Advanced
7Gal Yaakobi"When I Was Your Man"YesYesYesYes92%Advanced
8Hagar Yefet"Ahava ka'zo (A Love Like This)"NoYesYesYes78%Advanced
9Chen Aharoni"Wrecking Ball"YesYesYesYes94%Advanced

Audition 2 (5 November 2017)[edit]

The second audition was broadcast on 5 November 2017. Six of the eight contestants advanced to the next phase following achieving at least 70% of the votes.

Among the contestants was Rinat Bar who previously participated in the 2005 national final where she placed seventh with the song "Kmo chalom".[4]

DrawArtistSongJudges' votePresenters' voteScoreResult
AmdurskyPelesSkaatStatic & TavoriSelaAzar
1Riki Ben Ari"A Natural Woman"YesYesYesYes93%Advanced
2Yissachar Hofi"Kedey she elech"YesNoNoNo50%Eliminated
3José Steinberg"Despacito"YesYesYesYes93%Advanced
4Eden Meiri"Tachzeri"YesYesNoYes76%Advanced
5Tslil Goldman"Arms"YesYesYesYes88%Advanced
6Amit Shekel"Na'ara bemishkafaim"YesNoYesYes67%Eliminated
7Rinat Bar"Neshika (Kiss Kiss)"YesYesYesYes79%Advanced
8Shir Baruch"Hakol over"NoYesDid not voteYes72%Advanced

Audition 3 (12 November 2017)[edit]

The third audition was broadcast on 12 November 2017. Five of the eight contestants advanced to the next phase following achieving at least 70% of the votes while one contestant who did not get enough votes to qualify was saved by the hosts.

Among the contestants was Alon Sharr, the lead singer of the band The Choice who previously took part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 as a backing vocalist behind IMRI. While Noa Bell is the adopted daughter of Keren Peles, therefore Peles was not able to vote during her audition. Her vote was cast by Ben-El Tavori.[5]

DrawArtistSongJudges' votePresenters' voteScoreResult
AmdurskyPelesSkaatStatic & TavoriSelaAzar
1Yafit Casay"Listen"YesYesYesYes95%Advanced
2Yossi Fitoussi"Im at adain ohevet oti"NoYesYesYes81%Advanced
3Hagai Atari"Sheheriot meatzmi"NoYesYesNo67%Eliminated
4Ravit Batashvili"Island"YesYesYesYes86%Advanced
5Shir Tzarfati"Ein li otcha"YesYesYesNo72%Advanced
6The Choice"Yesh zman"NoYesYesYesSaveSave63%Saved
7Joey Bar"Made of Stars"NoNoNoNo4%Eliminated
8Noa Bell"Yafa kalevana"NoYesYesYes82%Advanced

Audition 4 (19 and 20 November 2017)[edit]

The fourth audition was broadcast in two parts on 19 and 20 November 2017. Eight of the eleven contestants advanced to the next phase following achieving at least 70% of the votes while one contestant who did not get enough votes to qualify was saved by the hosts. However, on 26 November 2017 it was confirmed that Liat Banai, who has originally qualified to the next phase, has withdrawn from the competition.

Dori Halevi is a close friend of Ben-El Tavori, therefore Tavori was not able to vote during his audition.[6]

DrawArtistSongJudges' votePresenters' voteScoreResult
AmdurskyPelesSkaatStatic & TavoriSelaAzar
1Ofir Harush"Yesh makom"YesYesYesYes84%Advanced
2Yanir Shmiel"Billie Jean"NoYesYesYes76%Advanced
3O-Men"It Ain't Me"1NoNoNoNo38%Eliminated
4Orel Gilad"Nigmar"NoYesYesYes71%Advanced
5Tal Mizrahi"American Idiot"YesYesYesYes85%Advanced
6Hezi Katri"Prachim bamidbar"YesYesYesYes86%Advanced
7Regina Fedorenko"Mango"NoYesNoNo20%Eliminated
8Liat Banai"Benadik"YesYesYesYes86%Withdrew
9Shir Gadasi"Elaich"YesYesYesYes87%Advanced
10Eden Newman Hyatt"I'm Stuck"YesYesYesYes94%Advanced
11Dori Halevi"Derech HaShalom"NoYesNoYesSaveSave56%Saved
1. ^ The group performed their own Hebrew language cover of the song.

Audition 5 (26 and 27 November 2017)[edit]

The fifth audition was broadcast in two parts on 26 and 27 November 2017. Eight of the eleven contestants advanced to the next phase following achieving at least 70% of the votes while one contestant who did not get enough votes to qualify was saved by the hosts.

Among the contestants was Keshet Ben Ze'ev, the nephew of Izhar Cohen who (together with Alphabeta) won the Eurovision Song Contest 1978 with the song "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" and who finished fifth in the Eurovision Song Contest 1985 with the song "Olé, Olé".[7]

DrawArtistSongJudges' votePresenters' voteScoreResult
AmdurskyPelesSkaatStatic & TavoriSelaAzar
1Osher Bachta"Tocho ratsuf ahava"NoYesYesYes83%Advanced
2Lior Chen"Ein li otcha"YesYesYesYes89%Advanced
3Lidor Ovadia"Eifo at"NoNoNoNo40%Eliminated
4Shay & Gilad"Bli lehitkaven"NoYesYesYes78%Advanced
5Sama Jabour"Hallelujah"YesYesNoYes74%Advanced
6Bar Grotsky"Parparim"NoYesYesYes78%Advanced
7Roy Ivgy"Rak mitgagea"NoNoNoYes61%Eliminated
8Keshet Ben Ze'ev"Cold Water"YesYesYesYes75%Advanced
9Howie Danao"Don't"YesYesNoYes81%Advanced
10Amit Moshe Oren"Mevakesh slicha"YesYesYesYes75%Advanced
11Or Abramov"Shir achare milchama"NoYesNoYesSaveSave52%Saved

Audition 6 (3 and 4 December 2017)[edit]

The sixth audition was broadcast in two parts on 3 and 4 December 2017. Six of the eleven contestants advanced to the next phase following achieving at least 70% of the votes while one contestant who did not get enough votes to qualify was saved by jury members Static and Ben-El Tavori instead of the hosts following a temporary switch in the roles during the contestants's audition.

Among the contestants was Joseph Guedj, a relative of Nadav Guedj who represented Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 where he placed ninth with the song "Golden Boy".[8]

DrawArtistSongJudges' votePresenters' voteScoreResult
AmdurskyPelesSkaatStatic & TavoriSelaAzar
1Jordan Uzan"I Wish"NoYesYesYes77%Advanced
2Rivka Siyum"Take a Bow"Did not voteYesYesYes76%Advanced
3Or Sela"'Ashir lach kol yom"NoNoNoYes37%Eliminated
4Stav Vaknin"Ve'im preda"YesYesNoYes81%Advanced
5Joseph Guedj"Simanei hazman"NoNoNoNo41%Eliminated
6Oded & Tzachi"Thinking Out Loud"YesYesNoYes77%Advanced
7Selfish Shepherd"Run"NoNoYesNo47%Eliminated
8Karin Mary Suliman"Mazal moznaim"NoNoNoYesSaveSave50%Saved
9May Tor"I'm Not the Only One"SaveSaveSaveSave89%Advanced
10Eliran Elias"Yesh ein sof"NoYesNoYes71%Advanced
11Amit Ben Dahan"Hagoral haze"NoDid not voteNoDid not vote34%Eliminated

Audition 7 (10 and 11 December 2017)[edit]

The seventh audition was broadcast in two parts on 10 and 11 December 2017. Six of the eleven contestants advanced to the next phase following achieving at least 70% of the votes while one contestant who did not get enough votes to qualify was saved by the hosts.

Among the contestants was Almog Kapach who previously took part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 and 2017 as a backing vocalist behind Hovi Star and IMRI and also participated in the previous edition of the competition as a member of the band Beatbox Element, finishing fourth.[9]

DrawArtistSongJudges' votePresenters' voteScoreResult
AmdurskyPelesSkaatStatic & TavoriSelaAzar
1Ella Rubal"Ulai ha'pa'am"NoYesYesYes70%Advanced
2Haostri"Tavi ta'chevre"NoYesYesYes73%Advanced
3Yam Peretz"Everything for Free"NoNoNoNoSave34%Eliminated
4Sarit Hativa"Ratsiti ledaber itcha"NoYesYesYesSaveSave61%Saved
5Shelly Mogilevski"Orot"NoNoYesYes73%Advanced
6David Cohen"Basof hakol holef"NoNoNoNo36%Eliminated
7David Zamudio"Rehab"YesNoNoNo36%Eliminated
8Nissim"Fly Away"YesYesYesYes73%Advanced
9Almog Kapach"Crazy" / "Crazy in Love"NoYesYesYes82%Advanced
10Roni Brachel"Sheva ba'erev"NoNoNoNo44%Eliminated
11Axum"Arnevet"YesNoYesYes71%Advanced

Audition 8 (17 and 18 December 2017)[edit]

The eighth audition was broadcast in two parts on 17 and 18 December 2017. Seven of the thirteen contestants advanced to the next phase following achieving at least 70% of the votes while two contestants who did not get enough votes to qualify were saved by the hosts.

Zohar Raziel would have originally got eliminated, however the judges exceptionally gave her a second chance to perform another song where she eventually advanced to the next stage of the competition.

Among the contestants was MISHÉLL who previously participated as Irina Rosenfeld in the 2006 Ukrainian national final where she placed second with the song "You Give Me Your Love".[10][11]

DrawArtistSongJudges' votePresenters' voteScoreResult
AmdurskyPelesSkaatStatic & TavoriSelaAzar
1Mike Uzan"Earth Song"YesNoNoYes72%Advanced
2Orian Rafael"Bishvilech notzarti"NoYesYesDid not vote71%Advanced
3Jenny Polotsky"When We Were Young"YesYesNoYes81%Advanced
4Shir Mizrachi"Luach vegir"NoYesYesNoSaveSave58%Saved
5Shay Gal"Tskhovreba mshvenieria"NoNoNoNo43%Eliminated
6Lior Halevi"Kol yom k'mo nes"YesYesYesNo79%Advanced
7Johnny Koren"Let It Go"NoYesNoNo29%Eliminated
8Zohar Raziel"Empty Heart"YesYesNoNo62%Advanced
9"Back to Black"YesYesYesYes97%
10Barak Mizrahi"Aramam"YesYesYesYes76%Advanced
11Cedrick Kanyinda"African Boy"YesYesDid not voteNo45%Eliminated
12MISHÉLL"I Got You (I Feel Good)"NoYesYesYes79%Advanced
13Nathaniel Sabag"Shir la'ima"NoYesNoNo46%Eliminated
14Vicky Kleichman"Into You"NoYesNoNoSaveSave43%Saved

Audition 9 (21 December 2017)[edit]

The ninth audition was broadcast on 21 December 2017. Four of the eight contestants advanced to the next phase following achieving at least 70% of the votes while one contestant who did not get enough votes to qualify was saved by the hosts.[12][13]

DrawArtistSongJudges' votePresenters' voteScoreResult
AmdurskyPelesSkaatStatic & TavoriSelaAzar
1Asael Tzanani"Homot"NoNoYesNoSaveSave52%Saved
2Yakir Itzkovich Cohen"Ve'im preda"NoYesYesNo71%Advanced
3Inbal Raz"Shape of You"NoNoNoNo36%Eliminated
4Priel Yoshua Fitoussi"Od yihye li"YesYesYesNo76%Advanced
5Maya Banai"Love on the Brain"NoYesNoYes73%Advanced
6Yossi Mark"Versace on the Floor"YesYesYesYes85%Advanced
7Yisrael Shalom"Hi limda oti et hayodel"NoYesYesYes69%Eliminated
8Niso Siman Tov"Mami"NoNoDid not voteDid not vote37%Eliminated

Audition 10 (24 and 25 December 2017)[edit]

The tenth audition was broadcast in two parts on 24 and 25 December 2017. Three of the nine contestants advanced to the next phase following achieving at least 70% of the votes while two contestants who did not get enough votes to qualify were saved by the hosts.[14]

DrawArtistSongJudges' votePresenters' voteScoreResult
AmdurskyPelesSkaatStatic & TavoriSelaAzar
1Tangier"Mehayom shehalacht" / "Ya Rayah"NoNoDid not voteYesSaveSave49%Saved
2Dudi Atar"Bati elaich"NoNoNoYes53%Eliminated
3Michael Kobrin"Human"YesYesYesYes88%Advanced
4Benjamin Tappesa"Im haya li"NoNoDid not voteNo13%Eliminated
5Nofar Haber"When We Were Young"NoYesNoYes72%Advanced
6Shusha Mansour"Aba"YesYesYesYesSaveSave68%Saved
7Sher Rahmani"Lost on You"NoNoNoNo35%Eliminated
8Amaya"Ba li m'siba"NoNoYesNo38%Eliminated
9Michael Dahan"Tocho ratsuf ahava"NoYesYesYes71%Advanced

Shortlisting round (28 and 31 December 2017)[edit]

The shortlisting round was broadcast in two parts on 28 and 31 December 2017. The remaining seventy contestants performed in front of the jury. Following the performances, the four-member jury selected twenty contestants to go through to the heats.[15]

Heat 1 (4 January 2018)[edit]

The first heat was broadcast on 4 January 2018. Eight of the twenty qualified contestants were paired in four duels. From each duel, the performer with the higher score advanced to the next round while one contestant was saved by the jury at the end of the second part of the second heat.

For the first time in the history of the competition, a guest judge also voted for the performances: Ninet Tayeb, singer-songwriter, composer, DJ, model and actress. Therefore, each judge could boost each performance by 8% instead of the original 10.[16]

DuelDrawArtistSongJudges' voteScoreResult
AmdurskyPelesTayebSkaatStatic & Tavori
I1Rinat Bar"Ya Habibi"YesYesYesYesYes77%Saved
2Riki Ben Ari"Greatest Love of All"YesYesYesYesNo82%Advanced
II3Jonathan Mergui"Talk Dirty"YesYesYesYesYes88%Advanced
4Axum"Ba lashchuna bachur hadash"YesYesYesYesYes74%Eliminated
III5Tal Mizrahi"Basket Case"YesNoNoYesYes49%Eliminated
6Netta Barzilai"Hey Mama"YesYesYesYesDid not vote79%Advanced
IV7Ravit Batashvili"Harbe mimech nishar"YesYesYesYesYes82%Advanced
8Ofir Harush"Mangina"YesYesNoNoYes68%Eliminated

Heat 2 (7 and 8 January 2018)[edit]

The second heat was broadcast in two parts on 7 and 8 January 2018. The remaining twelve of the twenty contestants were paired in six duels. From each duel, the performer with the higher score advanced to the next round while one contestant was saved by the jury at the end of the second part of the second heat.[17]

DuelDrawArtistSongJudges' voteScoreResult
AmdurskyPelesTayebSkaatStatic & Tavori
I1Chen Aharoni"Can't Feel My Face"YesYesYesYesYes80%Advanced
2Shir Baruch"Shuvi leveitech"NoNoNoNoNo30%Eliminated
II3The Choice"Omed al tzuk"YesNoNoNoYes56%Eliminated
4Sarit Hativa"Shav"NoNoYesYesYes60%Advanced
III5Eden Meiri"Nagen"NoYesNoYesYes63%Advanced
6Shir Gadasi"Bayamim she'yaavru aleinu"NoNoNoDid not voteNo26%Eliminated
IV7Shay & Gilad"Yarok udvash"YesYesYesNoYes71%Advanced
8Adva Omer"Aba"NoYesNoNoYes49%Saved
V9Jaki Gaforov"That's What I Like"YesNoNoYesNo52%Eliminated
10José Steinberg"El Perdón"NoYesYesNoYes63%Advanced
VI11Howie Danao"Take Me to Church"NoNoNoNoYes56%Advanced
12Gal Yaakobi"Mashehu mimeni"NoNoNoNoNo36%Eliminated

Heat 3 (14 January 2018)[edit]

The third heat was broadcast on 14 January 2018 and consisted of two rounds: in the first round six of the remaining twelve contestants were paired in three duels. From each duel, the performer with the higher score advanced to the next stage of the competition. In the second round the remaining three contestants would have had to perform one more song and the contestant with the lowest score would have got eliminated. However, following her performance Rinat Bar announced her withdrawal from the competition. Therefore the remaining two contestants – Shay & Gilad and Riki Ben Ari – automatically qualified for the next stage without Riki Ben Ari performing.[18]

DuelDrawArtistSongJudges' voteScoreResult
AmdurskyPelesSkaatStatic & Tavori
First round
I1Rinat Bar"Hi"YesNoNoNo50%Second round
2Howie Danao"Od nagia"NoYesYesYes82%Advanced
II3José Steinberg2"Como el agua"YesYesYesYes82%Advanced
4Shay & Gilad2"El ha'olam shelach"NoNoNoNo36%Second round
III5Ravit Batashvili"At"YesYesYesNo76%Advanced
6Riki Ben Ari"Ya mama / Mehayom shehalacht"YesNoNoNo56%Second round
Second round
IV7Shay & Gilad"Al tishali"YesNoNoYes50%Advanced
8Rinat Bar"Betelem ohavim"YesNoDid not voteNo49%Withdrew
9Riki Ben AriAdvanced
2. ^ In the first round both José Steinberg and Shay & Gilad performed together with the Israeli singer Rotem Cohen.

Heat 4 (21 January 2018)[edit]

The fourth heat was broadcast on 21 January 2018 and consisted of two rounds: in the first round six of the remaining twelve contestants were paired in three duels. From each duel, the performer with the higher score advanced to the next stage of the competition. In the second round the remaining three contestants had to perform one more song and the contestant with the lowest score got eliminated.

For personal reasons one of the judges, Asaf Amdursky did not attend the fourth heat. To complement the jury panel, the winner of the second season and representative of Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, Nadav Guedj was invited to vote.[19]

DuelDrawArtistSongJudges' voteScoreResult
SkaatPelesGuedjStatic & Tavori
First round
I1Sarit Hativa3"Hagoral haze"YesNoYesNo53%Second round
2Adva Omer3"Hashir shelach"YesYesYesYes83%Advanced
II3Eden Meiri"Enatzel"YesYesNoNo56%Second round
4Netta Barzilai"Papi chulo" / "Sing Hallelujah" / "Hachaiyim shelanu tutim"YesYesYesYes73%Advanced
III5Chen Aharoni"Sheket"NoYesYesYes71%Advanced
6Jonathan Mergui"Basof hakol holef"NoNoYesYes62%Second round
Second round
IV7Sarit Hativa"Malkat halevavot"YesNoNoNo30%Eliminated
8Eden Meiri"Elohay"YesYesYesNo80%Advanced
9Jonathan Mergui"Love Yourself"YesYesYesYes89%Advanced
3. ^ In the first round both Sarit Hativa and Adva Omer performed together with the Israeli singer Dudu Aharon.

Heat 5 (22 January 2018)[edit]

The fifth heat was broadcast on 22 January 2018 and consisted of two rounds. In the first round the remaining ten contestants were paired in four thematical duels: in the first duel two duets were formed from four contestants. In the second duel the two contestants performed songs of their idols. In the third duel the contestants who have sung ballads before performed uptempo songs for the first time and in the fourth duel the two contestants performed in front of their relatives. From each duel the contestant or contestants with the higher score advanced to the next stage of the competition. In the end of the first round three contestants were saved by the judges and the remaining two contestants had to perform one more song in the second round. In the end the contestant with the lowest score got eliminated.[20]

DuelDrawArtistSongJudges' voteScoreResult
AmdurskyPelesSkaatStatic & Tavori
First Round
I1Chen Aharoni & Jonathan Mergui"Locked Out of Heaven"YesYesYesYes92%Advanced
2Adva Omer & Eden Meiri"Yesh bi ahava"YesYesYesNo66%Saved
II3José Steinberg"Thinking Out Loud"NoNoNoYes53%Second round
4Riki Ben Ari"The Best"NoYesYesYes64%Advanced
III5Ravit Batashvili"Tel Aviv"YesYesYesNo74%Advanced
6Shay & Gilad"Kos shel yain"NoNoDid not voteNo36%Second round
IV7Howie Danao"Hero"NoNoYesYes69%Saved
8Netta Barzilai"What Is Love"YesYesYesYes79%Advanced
Second Round
V9Shay & Gilad"Nahon lehayom"NoNoDid not voteNo28%Eliminated
10José Steinberg"Algo especial"YesYesNoYes82%Advanced

Heat 6 (28 and 29 January 2018)[edit]

The sixth heat was broadcast in two parts on 28 and 29 January 2018. All the contestants performed behind the wall except for the first contestant Adva Omer who performed in front of the judges and the audience. In the end the contestant with the lowest score got eliminated.[21]

DrawArtistSongJudges' voteScoreResult
AmdurskyPelesSkaatStatic & Tavori
1Adva Omer"Alabina"NoYesYesYes63%Advanced
2Riki Ben Ari"If I Ain't Got You"YesYesYesYes88%Advanced
3Chen Aharoni"Grenade"YesYesYesYes86%Advanced
4Jonathan Mergui"Roar"YesYesYesYes89%Advanced
5José Steinberg"Smooth"YesYesYesNo62%Eliminated
6Howie Danao"Troublemaker"YesNoYesYes75%Advanced
7Netta Barzilai"Barbie Girl"YesYesYesNo70%Advanced
8Ravit Batashvili4"Elaich"YesYesYesNo79%Advanced
9Eden Meiri"Haperach begani"YesYesYesYes79%Advanced
4. ^ During her performance Ravit Batashvili was joined by the Israeli singer Idan Amedi.

Quarter-final (4 and 7 February 2018)[edit]

The quarter-final was broadcast in two parts on 4 and 7 February 2018 and consisted of two rounds: in the first round the remaining eight contestants were paired in four duels. From each duel, the performer with the higher score advanced to the next stage of the competition. In the second round the remaining four contestants were paired in two duels and had to perform one more song. The two contestants with the lower scores from each duel got eliminated.

In the end of the first round the judges selected two contestants from the four first round qualifiers – Netta Barzilai and Riki Ben Ari – who got paired in a duel that determined the first finalist in the first part of the semi-final.

In addition to the performances the winner of the previous season and representative of Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, IMRI performed the 2017 Israeli entry "I Feel Alive".[22]

DuelDrawArtistSongJudges' voteScoreResult
AmdurskyPelesSkaatStatic & Tavori
First Round
I1Eden Meiri"Lipol"NoYesYesYes71%Second round
2Netta Barzilai"Wannabe"YesYesYesYes90%Selected by the judges
II3Chen Aharoni"Rokedet"NoYesYesYes71%Advanced
4Adva Omer"Lomedet lalechet"NoYesNoNo44%Second round
III5Ravit Batashvili"Al tidag"NoYesYesNo56%Second round
6Riki Ben Ari"Ani haya li mi'yom le'yom"YesYesNoYes76%Selected by the judges
IV7Jonathan Mergui"Versace on the Floor"YesYesYesNo78%Advanced
8Howie Danao"Habachor habayshan al psanter"NoNoYesYes61%Second round
Second Round
V9Howie Danao"Believer"YesYesYesYes85%Advanced
10Adva Omer"Ad matai elohay"NoYesYesYes58%Eliminated
VI11Ravit Batashvili"El ha'olam shelach"YesYesYesYes77%Eliminated
12Eden Meiri"Va'ani kore lach"YesYesYesYes84%Advanced

Semi-final (8 and 11 February 2018)[edit]

The semi-final was broadcast in two parts on 8 and 11 February 2018.

In the first part on 8 February the two contestants who were selected by the judges in the quarter-final – Netta Barzilai and Riki Ben Ari – were paired in a duel that determined the first finalist. In addition to their performances Barzilai and Ben Ari performed "Na'im achshav" by and together with Elai Botner & The Outside Kids before the duel.

The second part of the semi-final was broadcast on 11 February and consisted of two rounds: in the first round all the remaining five contestants performed behind the wall except for the first contestant Chen Aharoni who performed in front of the judges and the audience. In the end of the first round the contestant with the highest score qualified for the final.

In the second round the remaining four contestants were paired in two duels and had to perform one more song. The two contestants with the higher scores from each duel qualified for the final.[23]

DuelDrawArtistSongJudges' voteScoreResult
AmdurskyPelesSkaatStatic & Tavori
First Part – 8 February 2018
I1Riki Ben Ari"Hei shketa"NoNoNoNo42%Second part
2Netta Barzilai"Beautiful"NoYesYesYes67%Finalist
Second Part – 11 February 2018 – First Round
1Chen Aharoni"Bang Bang"YesYesYesYes86%Finalist
2Eden Meiri"Yareach"NoYesYesYes71%Second round
3Riki Ben Ari"Set Fire to the Rain"YesYesNoYes75%Second round
4Howie Danao"I'm Not the Only One"NoNoNoYes52%Second round
5Jonathan Mergui"Wake Me Up"YesYesNoNo63%Second round
Second Part – 11 February 2018 – Second Round
I6Riki Ben Ari"Vision of Love"YesYesYesYes82%Finalist
7Eden Meiri"Kvar avru hashanim"YesYesYesYes76%Eliminated
II8Howie Danao"Lately"NoYesNoYes52%Eliminated
9Jonathan Mergui"Against All Odds"YesYesYesYes88%Finalist

Final (13 February 2018)[edit]

The final took place on 13 February 2018 and consisted of two rounds.[24]

First round[edit]

In the first round the four finalists were paired in two duels. From each duel the contestant with the higher score advanced to the second round. After the last performance each jury member (with the exception of Harel Skaat) named one of the remaining two contestants. The contestant with the most votes advanced to the second round.

In addition to the performances the four finalists performed a medley of the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 winning song "Euphoria" by Loreen and "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton.

DuelDrawArtistSongJudges' voteScoreResult
AmdurskyPelesSkaatStatic & Tavori
I1Jonathan Mergui"Get Ugly"YesYesYesYes90%Second round
2Chen Aharoni"Neshima"YesYesYesYes72%4th
II3Riki Ben Ari"Proud Mary"YesYesYesYes81%Second round
4Netta Barzilai"Kzat meshugat"YesYesYesYes74%Saved

The votes of the judges to save:

  • Assaf Amdursky – Netta Barzilai
  • Keren Peles – Netta Barzilai
  • Harel Skaat – did not vote
  • Static – Netta Barzilai
  • Ben El Tavori – Chen Aharoni

Harel Skaat did not have to vote since it was already decided that Netta Barzilai would be saved from elimination.

Second round[edit]

In the second round the remaining three contestants performed in front of the judges and the audience. During each performance the votes were cast only by the viewers through the official mobile application, without the scores appearing on screen. After the last performance each judge cast its votes by giving 8, 10 and 12 points to the three remaining contestants; 8 points to their third favourite and 12 points to their favourite. Additionally, four thematical jury groups were asked to vote by the same method. The members of the four jury groups were:

In addition to the performances the second round included guest performances of "Namaste" by the judges Static & Ben El Tavori and "Ulay nedaber" by the 2015 Israeli representative Nadav Guedj.

DrawArtistSongJuryViewersTotalPlace
1Riki Ben Ari"Total Eclipse of the Heart"78471253
2Jonathan Mergui"When I Was Your Man"881172052
3Netta Barzilai"Tik Tok" / "Gangnam Style"1041062101
ArtistPelesStaticAmdurskySkaatTavoriGroup 1Group 2Group 3Group 4Total
Riki Ben Ari88888810101078
Jonathan Mergui10121010121088888
Netta Barzilai121012121012121212104

Promotion[edit]

At Eurovision[edit]

The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 took place at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal and consisted of two semi-finals on 8 and 10 May and the final on 12 May 2018. According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) were required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progressed to the final.

Semi-final[edit]

Israel was an early favorite with the bookies, sitting in second place to win on the day of the first semi-final. Israel performed seventh in the first semi-final, following the entry from Lithuania and preceding the entry from Belarus. At the end of the night, Israel was one of the ten countries announced as qualifying for the grand final, their fourth qualification in a row since 2015. Following the semi-final, Netta joined the other new finalists in a press conference and a draw to see which half of the final she would perform in. Ultimately, Israel was drawn to perform in the second half of the final. It was later revealed that Israel won the first semi-final, scoring 283 points.

Final[edit]

Israel performed twenty-second in the grand final, following Hungary and preceding the Netherlands. Following the jury vote, Israel was in third place behind Sweden in second and Austria first. However, neither Sweden nor Austria made it to the viewers' top ten, allowing Israel to both win the televote and the contest overall with a total of 529 points (Israel's highest-ever score). This marked Israel's fourth victory (after 1978, 1979, and 1998), tying them with the Netherlands as the 4th-most successful country in contest history (following France, Luxembourg, and the United Kingdom, with five wins; Sweden, with six wins; and Ireland, with seven wins). It was the twentieth time Israel finished in the top ten (the last occasion being Nadav Guedj and "Golden Boy," which finished 9th in 2015) and the eleventh they made the top five (the first time since 2005, when Shiri Maimon came 4th with "HaSheket SheNish'ar"). This meant Israel would host the 2019 contest and automatically qualify for the following year's final.

Under the hybrid jury-televote system, Israel would have received twelve points from Australia, Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Iceland, Moldova, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.

Voting[edit]

Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation's jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member as well as the nation's televoting results were released shortly after the grand final.

Points awarded to Israel[edit]

Points awarded to Israel (Semi-Final 1)
Televote
12 points10 points8 points7 points6 points
5 points4 points3 points2 points1 point
Jury
12 points10 points8 points7 points6 points
5 points4 points3 points2 points1 point
Points awarded to Israel (Final)
Televote
12 points10 points8 points7 points6 points
5 points4 points3 points2 points1 point
Jury
12 points10 points8 points7 points6 points
5 points4 points3 points2 points1 point

Points awarded by Israel[edit]

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprised the Israeli jury:[25]

  • Aya Korem – Chairperson – singer, songwriter
  • Eli Cohen (Eliko) – radio DJ
  • Dafna Lustig – music journalist, radio DJ, TV host
  • Yaakov Lamai – musical producer, arranger
  • Gal Uchovsky – music journalist

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