Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Country  Israel
National selection
Selection process Artist: HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion
Song: Internal Selection
Selection date(s) Artist: 13 February 2017
Song: 13 March 2017
Selected entrant Imri Ziv
Selected song « I Feel Alive« 
Selected songwriter(s) Dolev Ram
Penn Hazut
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified 3rd, 207 points
Final result 23rd, 39 points
Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2016 2017

Israel participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song « I Feel Alive » written by Dolev Ram and Penn Hazut. The song is performed by Imri Ziv. Israeli broadcaster Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) 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, while the song was chosen by a committee of the Israeli broadcaster. Imri Ziv won the Israeli national selection and his song for the contest, « I Feel Alive », was internally selected and presented to the public on 13 March 2017.

Israel was drawn to compete in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 11 May 2017. Performing as the closing entry during the show in position 18, « I Feel Alive » was announced among the top 10 entries of the second semi-final and therefore qualified to compete in the final on 13 May.

Background

Prior to the 2017 Contest, Israel had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest thirty-nine 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 six 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 2016, Hovi Star represented Israel in Stockholm, Sweden with the song « Made of Stars« . It ended 14th out of 26 entries in the final.

The Israeli entry for the 2017 Contest in Kiev, Ukraine 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 would be selected through a collaboration with Keshet and Tedy Productions.

Before Eurovision

HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion

The singer who will perform the Israeli entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 was 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 was used in 2015 and 2016 to select the Israeli artist for Eurovision. The shows were hosted by Assi Azar and Rotem Sela and featured a judging panel composed of Asaf Amdursky, Keren Peles, Harel Skaat (2010 Israeli Eurovision entrant) and Static & Ben-El Tavori. The competition consisted of ten shows, which commenced on 1 January and concluded on 13 February 2017. All shows in the competition were broadcast on Channel 2 as well as online via mako.co.il.

In the audition phase of the competition, 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%. The judging panel then selected the top eight from all of the performers that advanced from the audition phase. The top eight then competed in four duels of two performers each. The winners of the duels qualified directly for the next show and the remaining four contestants competed in two duels in the second round. The winners of the duels in the second round advanced to the next show. The remaining six performers then competed in three duels where the three duel winners entered the final, while the remaining three contestants participated in the second round. Out of the three performers in the second round the best scoring participant qualified for the final. The four finalists were: Beatbox Element, Diana Golbi, Imri Ziv and Julieta. Imri Ziv was a backing singer for Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 and 2016.

Shows

Auditions 1–2 (2–3 January 2017)

Draw Artist Song Judges’ vote Score Result
Amdursky Peles Skaat Static & Tavori
1 Imri Ziv « The Edge of Glory«  Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 93% Advanced
2 Beatbox Element « Bang Bang«  Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 91% Advanced
3 Lee Sabach « Zemer shlosh hatshuvot » Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 79% Advanced
4 Daniel « Euphoria«  Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg 28% Eliminated
5 Ta-La-Te « Shikorim meahava » Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 75% Advanced
6 Diana Golbi « Alive«  Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 95% Advanced
7 Halli Lewis « Me Too«  Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 87% Advanced
8 Gala Kfoih « Creep«  Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Red Arrow Down.svg 41% Eliminated
9 Judy Layne « My Way«  Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 81% Advanced
10 Sapir Nahon « Sheva ba’erev » Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 88% Advanced
11 Lihi Griner « The Climb«  Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 58% Eliminated
12 Osher Biton « Lehishtagea » N/A Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 77% Advanced

Audition 3 (9 January 2017)

Draw Artist Song Judges’ vote Score Result
Amdursky Peles Skaat Static & Tavori
1 Julieta « Listen«  Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 72% Advanced
2 Yosef Gal « Boreach mehakol » Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 91% Advanced
3 Shahar Tovok « Yoav » Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 62% Eliminated
4 Yona Shavin « Runnin’ (Lose It All)«  Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 79% Advanced
5 Amqa Band N/A Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg 28% Eliminated
6 Helen Kalandadze « All About That Bass«  Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 90% Advanced
7 Yonit Zaidenberg « Hachnisini tachat knafech » Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 85% Advanced

Auditions 4–5 (16 and 24 January 2017)

Michal Shapira, who qualified from the audition, announced later that she would withdraw from the competition.

Draw Artist Song Judges’ vote Score Result
Amdursky Peles Skaat Static & Tavori
1 Ron Buchbut « Yarok udvash » Blue Arrow Up Darker.png
N/A
Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 82% Advanced
2 Elayev Family « Leyli Jon » Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 77% Advanced
3 Aviv Losev « Besof kol yom » Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg 56% Eliminated
4 Beta Zinq « Dancing Shoes »
N/A
Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 77% Advanced
5 Hamotagim « Liran khultsa afor » Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg 14% Eliminated
6 Michal Shapira « Chandelier«  Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 76% Withdrew
7 Chen Maximov « Leshem » Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 84% Advanced
8 Nika « Out Here on My Own«  Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg 49% Eliminated
9 Noy Eisen & Chen Zimmerman Mashup1 Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 80% Advanced
10 Eliad Malki « You Are the Only One«  Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg N/A 27% Eliminated
11 David Vanesyan « Rise Like a Phoenix«  Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 85% Advanced

1The two singers performed a mashup of these songs: Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae), How Deep Is Your Love, We Don’t Talk Anymore, Cold Water and Let Me Love You.

Results of the further auditions

Beatbox Element Elayev Family Julieta Sapir Nahon
Beta Zinq Halli Lewis Lee Sabach Ta-La-Te
Chen Maximov Helen Kalandadze Noy Eisen & Chen Zimmerman Yona Shavin
David Vanesyan Imri Ziv Osher Biton Yonit Zaidenberg
Diana Golbi Judy Layne Ron Buchbut Yosef Gal

Quarter-finals 1–2 (30–31 January 2017)

Duel Draw Artist Song Judges’ vote Score Result
Amdursky Peles Skaat Static & Tavori
First Round
I 1 Julieta « Lama li » / « Papi«  Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 87% Advanced
2 Sapir Nahon « Yekirati » Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 79% Second Round
II 3 Imri Ziv « Rude Boy«  Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 72% Advanced
4 Beatbox Element « Can’t Hold Us«  Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Red Arrow Down.svg 49% Second Round
III 5 Halli Lewis « Cheap Thrills«  Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 58% Second Round
6 Ta-La-Te « Mashke yakar » Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 69% Advanced
IV 7 Yona Shavin « Blurred Lines«  Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg 38% Second Round
8 Diana Golbi « My Immortal«  Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 83% Advanced
Second Round
I 1 Yona Shavin « Wake Me Up«  Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 85% Eliminated
2 Sapir Nahon « Geshem » Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 87% Advanced
II 3 Halli Lewis « Love Yourself«  Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 52% Eliminated
4 Beatbox Element « In a Manner of Speaking » Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Red Arrow Down.svg 56% Advanced

Semi-final (6 February 2017)

Duel Draw Artist Song Judges’ vote Score Result
Amdursky Peles Skaat Static & Tavori
First Round
I 1 Imri Ziv « I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing«  Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 95% Advanced
2 Sapir Nahon « Benadik » Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 73% Second Round
II 3 Beatbox Element « Heathens«  Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 83% Advanced
4 Julieta « ואם פרידה » Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 76% Second Round
III 5 Ta-La-Te « Simane hazman » Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 59% Second Round
6 Diana Golbi « Feeling Good » Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 87% Advanced
Second Round
IV
1 Julieta « Hata’am hayashan » Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 85% Advanced
2 Ta-La-Te « Mahapecha shel simcha » Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg 26% Eliminated
3 Sapir Nahon « Birkat hamelech » Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 75% Eliminated

Final (13 February 2017)

In the second round of the final the votes of the jury were symbolical, the winner was decided solely by the viewers who voted via the mobile application.

Duel Draw Artist Song Judges’ vote Score Result[2]
Amdursky Peles Skaat Static & Tavori
First Round
I 1 Imri Ziv « Halo«  Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 78% Second Round
2 Beatbox Element « Hey Mama«  Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 55% Eliminated
II 3 Julieta « My Number One«  Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg Red Arrow Down.svg 53% Saved
4 Diana Golbi « Euphoria«  Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 84% Second Round
Second Round
III
1 Julieta « Shikorim meahava » Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 58% 3
2 Imri Ziv « Because of You«  Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 74% 1
3 Diana Golbi « Purple Rain«  Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png Blue Arrow Up Darker.png 67% 2

Promotion

Imri Ziv made several appearances across Europe to specifically promote « I Feel Alive » as the Israeli Eurovision entry. Between 3 and 6 April, Ziv took part in promotional activities in Tel Aviv, Israel where he performed during the Israel Calling event held at the Ha’teatron venue.[3][4] On 8 April, Imri Ziv performed during the Eurovision in Concert event which was held at the Melkweg venue in Amsterdam, Netherlands and hosted by Cornald Maas and Selma Björnsdóttir.[5] On 15 April, he performed during the Eurovision Spain Pre-Party, which was held at the Sala La Riviera venue in Madrid, Spain.[6]

At Eurovision

Imri Ziv during a press meet and greet

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) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot.[7] On 31 January 2017, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Israel was placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 11 May 2017, and was scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[8]

Once all the competing songs for the 2017 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows’ producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Originally, Israel was set to perform in position 19, closing the show and following Estonia.[9] However, following Russia’s withdrawal from the contest on 13 April and subsequent removal from the running order of the second semi-final, Israel’s performing position shifted to 18.[10]

Semi-final

Imri Ziv took part in technical rehearsals on 3 April and 6 May, followed by dress rehearsals on 10 and 11 May.[11] This included the jury show on 10 May where the professional juries of each country watched and voted on the competing entries.[12]

The Israeli performance featured Imri Ziv dressed in a black sleeveless T-shirt and black trousers. A flashing white light backstage took up the whole video wall, while Imri stood to sing the first verse. White circles were projected on the LED screens during the chorus. The backing singers were all dressed in black. Imri was joined by two dancers dressed in white. There were flashing red and blue lights pulsating in the background. In addition to that, Imri’s image was projected on the video wall. As the song neared its end, flashing orange lights flashed in the background.[13]

At the end of the show, Israel was announced as having finished in the top 10 and subsequently qualifying for the grand final.[14]

Points awarded to Israel

Final

Shortly after the second semi-final, a winners’ press conference was held for the ten qualifying countries. As part of this press conference, the qualifying artists took part in a draw to determine which half of the grand final they would subsequently participate in. This draw was done in the reverse order the countries appeared in the semi-final running order. Israel was drawn to compete in the first half. Following this draw, the shows’ producers decided upon the running order of the final, as they had done for the semi-finals. Israel was set to open the show and perform in position 1, before the entry from Poland.[15]

Imri Ziv once again took part in dress rehearsals on 12 and 13 May before the final, including the jury final where the professional juries cast their final votes before the live show. Imri Ziv will perform a repeat of his semi-final performance during the final on 13 May.

References

  1. ^ « Israel Country Profile ». EBU. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  2. ^ « Imri Ziv chosen to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest ». Ynet. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  3. ^ Kavaler, Ron (22 March 2017). « ISRAEL CALLING! EUROVISION PROMO EVENT SET FOR APRIL 3 TO 6 ». wiwibloggs.com. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  4. ^ Laufer, Gil (5 April 2017). « Tonight: Israel Calling 2017 to be held with 28 participating countries ». esctoday.com. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  5. ^ Jordan, Paul (29 March 2017). « Eurovision in Concert sets a new record with 33 acts ». European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  6. ^ Fuster, Luis (1 April 2017). « MADRID CALLING! 19 ACTS WILL TAKE PART IN EUROVISION SPAIN PRE-PARTY ». wiwibloggs.com. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 
  7. ^ Jordan, Paul (25 January 2017). « Semi-Final Allocation draw to take place in Kyiv ». eurovision.tv. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  8. ^ Jordan, Paul (31 January 2017). « Results of the Semi-Final Allocation Draw ». eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  9. ^ Jordan, Paul (31 March 2017). « Semi-Final running order for Eurovision 2017 revealed ». eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  10. ^ « EBU: « Russia no longer able to take part in Eurovision 2017« « . eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. 22 April 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  11. ^ « Press ». eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  12. ^ Weaver, Jessica (10 May 2017). « Eurovision 2017: Live updates from semi-final 2 jury show ». esctoday.com. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  13. ^ Outerson, Michael (3 May 2017). « Naviband, Kristian Kostov, Fusedmarc, Koit Toome & Laura and Imri conclude second semi final rehearsals ». EuroVisionary. Retrieved 13 May 2017. 
  14. ^ Kryvinchuk, Yullia (12 May 2017). « SEMI-FINAL THRILLER: 10 more qualified — Grand Final complete! ». eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 12 May 2017. 
  15. ^ Jordan, Paul; Nilsson, Helena (12 May 2017). « EXCLUSIVE: Running order for the 2017 Grand Final released! ». eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 12 May 2017.