Tonight 16-year-old Nadav Guedj was chosen to represent Israel in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. The result of the show was decided by the viewers using a special app and the program's celebrity judges.
In the last round of voting, Nadav beat Iki Levy & The Rasta Hebrew Man, who had gained 70% viewer approval. Sary Nachmias came third, with 50%. Avia Shoshani had been eliminated in the first voting round.
UPDATE: It was confirmed on the 26th of February byt the Israeli broadcaster that the entry Nadav Guedj will perform in Vienna is titled Golden Boy. The song is written by Doron Medalie and will be revealed along with the video in mid March.
This year, broadcaster IBA decided to go with a new format for selection by teaming up with production company Tedy and broadcaster Keshet to use their popular talent show הכוכב הבא (Rising Star) to choose the Israeli act for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.
Tonight, the four finalists competed not only to win הכוכב הבא (Rising Star) but also for the right to travel to Vienna to compete for their country; there was a lot at stake!
Below is a list of the four acts that participated in tonight's show.
The First Round of Voting
The first singing battle was between Iki and Avia, which the public decided in favour of Iki. The second one was between Sari and Nadav, and it was won by Nadav. The third singer to proceed to the final tri-battle was decided by the jury: Sary!
Even in the audience famous faces could be spotted: Moran Mazor, Israeli 2013 Eurovision Song Contest representative, was part of the public in the studio, cheering for Avia Shoshani:
Israel will take part in the second half of the Second Semi-Final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest to be held at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria on the 21st of May. The Grand Final takes place on the 23rd of May.