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Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015

Eurovision Song Contest 2015
Country  Israel
National selection
Selection process Artist: HaKokhav HaBa
Song: Internal Selection
Selection date(s) Artist: 17 February 2015
Song: 12 March 2015
Selected entrant Nadav Guedj
Selected song "Golden Boy"
Selected songwriter(s) Doron Madali
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (3rd, 151 points)
Final result 9th, 97 points
Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2014 2015

Israel will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna, Austria. The Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA) delegated their entry selection to the commercial broadcaster Keshet. Nadav Guedj will perform the Israeli song after winning the second season of the reality singing competition HaKokhav HaBa ("The Next Star"). The song "Golden Boy", written by Doron Madali, was internally selected to represent Israel.

Guedj bought success to the country's participation in the contest, as Israel reached the final for the very first time since 2010. He placed 9th overall in the final.

Contents

  • Background 1
  • Entry selection 2
    • Artist selection 2.1
    • Song selection 2.2
  • At Eurovision 3
    • Points awarded to Israel 3.1
    • Points awarded by Israel 3.2
      • Semi-final 2 3.2.1
      • Final 3.2.2
    • Split voting results 3.3
      • Semi-final 2 3.3.1
      • Final 3.3.2
  • See also 4
  • References 5

Background

Prior to the 2015 Contest, Israel had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest thirty-seven 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 five times, including two top ten results in 2005 with Shiri Maimon and "Hasheket Shenish'ar" placing fourth and in 2008 with Boaz and "The Fire In Your Eyes" placing ninth. Between 2011 and 2014, Israel has failed to qualify to the final consecutively, which included their 2014 entry "Same Heart" performed by Mei Finegold.

Israel's participation in the 2015 Contest was initially uncertain after the Israeli government voted to shut down state broadcaster IBA and establish a new broadcaster in March 2015.[2] On 15 September 2014, IBA confirmed that it had submitted a preliminary application to participate in the contest.[3] On 13 November 2014, IBA fully confirmed that Israel would compete at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.[4] IBA opted to collaborate with commercial broadcaster Keshet and production company Tedy Productions in order to select the Israeli entry for the 2015 Contest. This is the second time IBA has collaborated with these entities; they previously worked together to select the 2008 Israeli entry.[5]

Entry selection

Following IBA's preliminary application in September 2014, IBA consulted with the editors of radio 88FM in order to generate a shortlist of potential artists for the 2015 Contest.[6] Marina Maximilian Blumin topped the list, followed by Ester Rada and Asaf Avidan. However, shortly after the publication of the list, Israeli media reported that Blumin had turned down an offer to represent Israel at the contest.[7] In October 2014, media reports indicated that IBA would cooperate with commercial broadcaster Keshet in order to select the Israeli entry through the reality singing competition HaKokhav HaBa ("The Next Star").[8] The collaboration with Keshet was later confirmed by IBA in November 2014.[9]

Artist selection

The second season of HaKokhav HaBa was hosted by Assi Azar and Rotem Sela and featured a judging panel that consisted of Assaf Etedgi, Muki, Keren Peles and Harel Skaat (2010 Israeli Eurovision entrant). The competition commenced on 9 December 2014 and concluded with a winning artist on 17 February 2015. Following an audition phase, a judges selection round and duel phase, ten artists were shortlisted to compete. Nadav Guedj was selected as the winner.[10]

Artists Status Ref
Asif Zilberman Eliminated – 10th Place
on 25 January 2015
[11]
Lirose Balas Eliminated – 9th Place
on 25 January 2015
[11]
Yifi and Osher Aricha Eliminated – 8th Place
on 27 January 2015
[12]
Nava Tehila Walker Eliminated – 7th Place
on 1 February 2015
[13]
Sa'ar "Rusty" Davidov Eliminated – 6th Place
on 8 February 2015
[14]
Orit Biansey Eliminated – 5th Place
on 8 February 2015
[14]
Avia Shoshani Eliminated – 4th Place
on 17 February 2015
[10]
Sari Nachmias Third place
on 17 February 2015
[10]
Iky Levy & The Rasta Hebrew Men Runner-up
on 17 February 2015
[10]
Nadav Guedj Winner
on 17 February 2015
[10]

Song selection

An expert committee selected the song 'Golden Boy', written by Doron Medalie, for Nadav to sing at Eurovision in Vienna. Their decision was announced on the 5th of March 2015 whilst the song premièred on 12th March 2015. This is the first time in the history of Israel in the Eurovision song contest that their chosen song will be sung fully in English.

At Eurovision

All countries except the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom), the host country and guest participant Australia, which was invited to compete in 2015 in order to commemorate the Contest's 60th anniversary,[15] 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 five different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot.[16] On 26 January 2015, an 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 21 May 2015, and was scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.[17]

Points awarded to Israel

Points Awarded to Israel (Semi-Final 2)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points Awarded to Israel (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Israel

Split voting results

The following five members comprised the Israeli jury:[18]

  • Liora – Chairperson – singer, represented Israel in the 1995 contest
  • Chen Metzger – music producer
  • Lauren De Paz – singer, songwriter
  • Rafi Weinstock – actor, singer
  • Dalit Cahana – vocal coach

Semi-final 2

The Israeli votes in the second semi-final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[19]

Semi-final 2 – Israeli Results
Draw Country Liora C. Metzger L. De Paz R. Weinstock D. Cahana Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Lithuania 14 8 12 2 6 8 6 7 4
02  Ireland 10 12 14 12 10 13 12 14
03  San Marino 16 10 16 10 15 15 14 16
04  Montenegro 3 14 5 9 8 7 2 4 7
05  Malta 2 4 3 3 4 2 5 2 10
06  Norway 15 15 11 15 12 16 4 10 1
07  Portugal 13 16 4 8 16 12 11 12
08  Czech Republic 9 6 10 6 2 5 3 3 8
09  Israel
10  Latvia 11 11 7 7 14 10 9 9 2
11  Azerbaijan 12 9 9 16 9 11 7 8 3
12  Iceland 8 13 13 13 13 14 13 15
13  Sweden 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 12
14   Switzerland 6 7 6 11 5 6 16 11
15  Cyprus 4 3 8 4 3 3 10 6 5
16  Slovenia 7 1 1 5 11 4 8 5 6
17  Poland 5 5 15 14 7 9 15 13

Final

The Israeli votes in the final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[20]

Final – Israeli Results
Draw Country Liora C. Metzger L. De Paz R. Weinstock D. Cahana Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Slovenia 7 2 1 7 16 4 12 5 6
02  France 16 22 20 11 21 20 18 21
03  Israel
04  Estonia 6 8 24 15 15 13 10 8 3
05  United Kingdom 19 11 17 13 12 15 11 11
06  Armenia 20 23 23 19 19 24 3 14
07  Lithuania 18 9 10 12 4 8 19 15
08  Serbia 9 12 13 9 14 9 14 9 2
09  Norway 17 13 11 21 17 16 15 19
10  Sweden 1 3 3 2 1 2 4 2 10
11  Cyprus 15 4 12 5 6 6 20 12
12  Australia 5 5 5 3 2 3 6 4 7
13  Belgium 12 25 14 10 20 17 5 7 4
14  Austria 24 6 18 6 9 10 26 20
15  Greece 14 26 22 18 5 19 24 24
16  Montenegro 13 24 4 16 8 11 17 16
17  Germany 8 7 8 4 10 5 21 13
18  Poland 11 15 21 26 11 18 23 23
19  Latvia 25 16 15 17 25 22 9 18
20  Romania 10 10 9 8 22 14 7 6 5
21  Spain 4 21 7 23 13 12 13 10 1
22  Hungary 21 18 25 24 24 25 22 25
23  Georgia 22 17 9 20 23 21 8 17
24  Azerbaijan 26 14 16 25 18 23 16 22
25  Russia 3 19 6 14 7 7 1 3 8
26  Albania 23 20 26 22 26 26 25 26
27  Italy 2 1 2 1 3 1 2 1 12

See also

References

  1. ^ "Israel Country Profile".  
  2. ^ Laufer, Gil (29 July 2014). "Israel: Government shuts down public broadcaster IBA". ESCToday. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (15 September 2014). "Israel: IBA confirms preliminary participation Eurovision 2015". ESCToday. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  4. ^ Jiandani, Sanjay (13 November 2014). "Israel: IBA confirms participation in Eurovision 2015". ESCToday. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Storvik-Green, Simon (13 February 2015). "Israel to choose participant on 17th February". Eurovision.tv.  
  6. ^ Błażewicz, Maciej (17 September 2014). "Radio editors’ choices regarding the next Israeli entry". ESCBubble. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Lewis, Pete (30 September 2014). "Israel: Marina Maximillian Blumin turns down Eurovision chance". ESCToday. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Weaver, Jessica (5 October 2014). "Israel: The Next Star winner to represent Israel?". ESCToday. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  9. ^ Laufer, Gil (30 November 2014). "Israel: The Next Star kicks off on December 9th". ESCToday. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  10. ^ a b c d e Storvik-Green, Simon (17 February 2015). "Nadav Guedj wins Israeli ticket to Vienna!". Eurovision.tv.  
  11. ^ a b Laufer, Gil (25 January 2015). "Israel: 2 acts eliminated; Eurovision special on Tuesday". ESCToday. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  12. ^ Laufer, Gil (27 January 2015). "Israel: 7 acts qualify to the Quarterfinal, final in three weeks". ESCToday. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  13. ^ Halliwell, Jamie (1 February 2015). "Israel: Neva Tehlia Walker eliminated from Rising Star". Eurovoix. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  14. ^ a b Laufer, Gil (8 February 2015). "Israel: Four finalists and Final date announced". ESCToday. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  15. ^ Siim, Jarmo (10 February 2015). "Australia participate in the 60th Eurovision". Eurovision.tv.  
  16. ^ Brey, Marco (26 January 2015). "Today: The Semi-Final Allocation Draw". Eurovision.tv.  
  17. ^ Escudero, Victor M. (26 January 2015). "Allocation Draw results: Who's in which Semi-Final?". Eurovision.tv.  
  18. ^ Bakker, Sietse (1 May 2015). "Here are this year's national juries!". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  19. ^ "Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Second Semi-Final". Eurovision.tv. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
  20. ^ "Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 Grand Final". Eurovision.tv. 24 May 2015. Retrieved 24 May 2015. 
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