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Eden Golan wins 'HaKokhav HaBa' in Israel

06 February 2024 at 22:48 CET
Eden Golan Shai Franco
Israel’s biggest talent show 'HaKokhav HaBa' (‘The Next Star’) has produced a new champion! Eden Golan has won the chance to represent Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö this May.

After the judges and the audience at home voted, Eden was the winner with the majority of the votes. Or Cohen finished second, Mika Moshe came in third, and earlier in the evening, Dor Shimon finished in fourth place.

On winning, Eden said: 'This year, more than ever, I am excited to represent my country on the biggest stage in Europe. I promise to do my best and bring the 2025 Eurovision contest to Israel.'

Eden Golan is 20 years old and comes from Tel Aviv. She started performing on stage from childhood as an artistic dancer, but at the age of 9 she discovered that she could also sing and the rest is history. 

The singer draws her musical inspiration from diverse styles, and her real dream is to sing with Beyoncé, but first she's off to Malmö.

The song that Eden will take to Malmö will be revealed in the coming weeks.

HaKokhav HaBa's winners have produced some great results for Israel, with Netta winning the Contest in 2018 with Toy, and a 9th place finish for Nadav Guedj with Golden Boy in 2015.

Last year, in Liverpool, Israel was represented by Noa Kirel, who went on to finish third with her power pop track Unicorn.

The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Malmö, Sweden on Tuesday 7 May (First Semi-Final), Thursday 9 May (Second Semi-Final) and Saturday 11 May (Grand Final) 2024.

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