2017 national selections

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In this section you will find information relating to the respective selections of the 43 countries participating in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The 62nd edition of the competition will take place in the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv, on 9th, 11th and 13th May.

Check out our calendar for all national selection dates and live streaming links.

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The video for Israel's entry for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, I Feel Alive, performed by Imri, will be premiered on Monday. The song, I Feel Alive, chosen from hundreds of submissions, was written and composed by Dolev Ram and Penn Hazut. The two writers are also responsible for some of Israel’s biggest hits in the past year.

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The Israeli song for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is called I Feel Alive and will be performed by Imri Ziv. The song was written and composed by Dolev Ram and Penn Hazut.

25-year-old Imri Ziv will represent Israel at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv after being crowned the winner of the TV show, Rising Star. The young singer is already familiar with the Eurovision stage, as he took part in the last two contests as a backing vocalist, for both the golden boy Nadav Guedj and the man made of stars, Hovi Star.

The two writers behind the song I Feel Alive are also responsible for some of the biggest hits in Israel over the past year. The song was chosen from among dozens of songs by a special joint expert-committee, comprising of representatives of IBA (Israel Broadcasting Authority), Keshet Broadcasting (where The Next Star for Eurovision was aired) and IPBC (Israel Public Broadcasting Corporation), chaired by IBA's Dr. Moshe Morad.

The video for Imri's song will be premiered on 9th March on the official Eurovision Song Contest YouTube channel. 

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Imri Ziv has won Israel's national selection, The Next Star for Eurovision,and will represent the country in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. The show saw four acts compete for the chance to represent Israel in 2017 in front of a panel of expert judges, which included Harel Skaat, who represented Israel in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo. The entry that Imri will perform will be unveiled in the coming weeks.

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Israel's national selection, The Next Star for Eurovision, takes place on 13th February. 

The show's first winner, Nadav Guedj, has been running a very successful career since his 2015 performance, having won the Singer of the Year, Song of Year and Discovery of the Year awards, with mega hits, performances and is currently working on a second album. Hovi Star, last year's winner, is also working on a new album, performing all over Israel and recently he took part in the successful musical The Little Mermaid.

The panel of expert judges, comprises of five successful singers including Harel Skaat, who represented Israel in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo.

This year's show saw some very touching stories, like the one of Yonit Zaidenberg, a transgender girl, coming from an ultra-orthodox family escorted by her father; 17-year-old Shahar Taboch who sang about the break up with his boyfriend; and 16-and-a-half-year-old Chen Maximov, whose high school friends show her no support.

The format was made up of auditions, in which the contestants tried to raise the curtain with a vote of at least 70% from both the viewers and the judges.

The final, which will take place next Monday (13 February) at 20:00 CET, features two rounds: The first will include two duels, where the winner will automatically qualify to the next round. The judges will then decide who among the two remaining non-qualifiers will join the thrilling duel of three. The contestant that will gain the highest percentage of the viewers' vote will become Israel's representative in Kyiv.

The 4 Finalists are:

  • Julieta 

  • Beatbox Element

  • Diana Golbi

  • Imri Ziv

(Photography: Ronen Akerman)

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The semi-final of Rising Star, the Israeli selection format for the Eurovision Song Contest, took place tonight. The following acts qualified for the final which will be held on 13th February:

  • Julieta
  • Beatbox Element
  • Diana Golbi
  • Imri Ziv

Israel qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest in both 2015 and 2016.

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Israel will continue to use the show Rising Star, the same format as 2016, to select its song for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The winner will represent Israel in Ukraine. 

The following acts have qualified from the first three shows:

  • Yosef Gal
  • Helen
  • Yonit Zaidenberg
  • Yona Shabin 
  • Julietta 
  • Beatbox Element
  • Diana Golbi
  • Hallelujah (Halli) Lewis
  • Imri Ziv
  • Judy Layne
  • Lee Sabach
  • Osher Biton
  • Sapir Nahon
  • Ta-La-Te

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