Rising Star (Israeli TV series)

HaKokhav HaBa
הכוכב הבא
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GenreReality television
Created byAsaf Spector Shenkar
Yoav Tzafir
Avi Nir
Developed byScreenz Cross Media LTD
Presented byAssi Azar
Esti Ginzburg (season 1)
Rotem Sela (season 2–)
JudgesRita (season 1)
Tzvika Hadar (season 1)
Rani Rahav (season 1)
Eyal Golan (first half season 1)
Muki (second half season 1–3)
Asaf Atedgi (season 2–3)
Harel Skaat (season 2–)
Keren Peles (season 2–)
Static & Ben El Tavori (season 4–)
Assaf Amdursky (season 4–) Shiri Maimon (season 6–)
Theme music composerSylas McGriff
Country of originIsrael
No. of seasons6
Running time90–120 minutes
Production company(s)Keshet
Original networkChannel 2 (2013–2017)
Keshet 12 (2017–)
Original release17 September 2013 (2013-09-17) –
Preceded byKokhav Nolad
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HaKokhav HaBa (Hebrew: הַכּוֹכָב הַבָּא, translated as "The Next Star") is an Israeli interactive reality singing competition, which was first broadcast on Channel 2 from 17 September 2013. It is based on the Rising Star franchise created by Keshet Broadcasting. The show is a continuation of the former program Kokhav Nolad (meaning "A Star is Born") which featured aspiring singers competing for a winning title. The program's format combines the internet, smartphones and television and is filmed live.

The shows inaugurative season in 2013 was won by Evyatar Korkus. Since season 2, the winner is given the opportunity to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest.[1] 2014–2015 winner Nadav Guedj represented Israel in 2015 with "Golden Boy" 2015–2016 winner Hovi Star represented Israel in 2016 with "Made of Stars", 2016–2017 winner Imri Ziv represented Israel in 2017 with "I Feel Alive", and 2017–2018 winner Netta Barzilai who went on to win the 2018 contest with "Toy". Kobi Marimi won in 2019 and represented Israel on home soil in Tel-Aviv.


As the season begins, each contestant is asked to perform a well-known song in front of judges. After the song, a vote is taken among judges whether to transfer the applicant to the test stage facing the audience at home. If the judges are not sure about how to vote, the contestant is required to perform another song, and then a decision is made.[citation needed]

Contestants who do move forward must then sing in front of an audience. Viewers then connect with an app at makoTV and decide in real time whether a contestant passes or does not pass.[citation needed]

Judges also influence the test stage - all judges may support the promotion of the contestant and thereby add 8% percent if there are five judges or 10% if there are four. Once the contestant reaches 70% of votes they "pass" and the screen opens and the contestant goes to the next level. 14 singers then move on to a section where the judges and the audience at home vote. At the final stage, four singers are left and one will be elected "The Next Star".[citation needed]

Season 1 (2013)[edit]

HaKokhav HaBa 1 Finalists
(With dates of elimination)
Evyatar Korkus 25 December - Winner
Arye & Gil Gat 25 December
Tina Ibagrimov 25 December
Rinat Cohen 25 December
Omer Datz 17 December
David Drey 10 December
Elias Melayev 3 December (Quit)
Inbal Bekman 26 November
Hen Levy 26 November
Lior Peretz 19 November
Roni Israeli 17 November
Alon Tube 12 November
Dondit Jon 5 November
Gorg Aboo Shkara 3 November

This season host is Assi Azar and the co-host is Esti Ginzburg. The judges are Rita, Zvika Hadar, Muki and Rani Rahav. Eyal Golan judged the program until his suspension on November 20, 2013, and after four days was replaced by Muki.[citation needed]


In order:[citation needed]

  • George Abu Shakra – 14th Place
  • Dondit Jon – 13th Place
  • Alon Tube – 12th Place
  • Roni Israeli – 11th Place
  • Lior Peretz – 10th Place
  • Hen Levy – 9th Place
  • Inbal Bekman – 8th Place
  • Elias Melayev – 7th Place (Quit)
  • David Drey – 6th Place
  • Omer Datz – 5th Place


  • Rinat Cohen – Fourth place
  • Tina Ibagrimov – Third place
  • Arye & Gil Gat – Second place
  • Evyatar Korkus – Winner
Weekly results per contestant
Contestant Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11
Evyatar Korkus Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Winner
(week 14)
Arye & Gil Gat Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Runner-up
Tina Ibagrimov Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe 3rd
Rinat Cohen Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe 4th
Omer Datz Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 10)
David Drey Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 9)
Elias Melayev Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Quit
(week 7)
Inbal Bekman Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 7)
Hen Levy Safe Safe Safe Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 6)
Lior Peretz Safe Safe Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 5)
Roni Israeli Safe Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 4)
Alon Tube Safe Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 3)
Dondit Jon Safe Eliminated Eliminated
(week 2)
George Abou Shakra Eliminated Eliminated
(week 1)

Season 2 (2014–15)[edit]

HaKokhav HaBa 2 Finalists
(With dates of elimination)
Nadav Guedj 17 February - Winner
Iky Levy & The Rasta Hebrew Men 17 February
Sari Nachmias 17 February
Avia Shoshani 17 February
Orit Biansey 8 February
Sa'ar "Rusty" Davidov 8 February
Nava Tehila Walker 1 February
Yifi and Osher Aricha 27 January
Liroz Balas 25 January
Asif Zilberman 25 January

The winner of season two would represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.[1]


In order:

  • Asif Zilberman – 10th Place
  • Liroz Balas – 9th Place
  • Yifi and Osher Aricha – 8th Place
  • Nava Tehila Walker – 7th Place
  • Saar “Rusty” Davidov – 6th Place
  • Orit Biansey – 5th Place


  • Avia Shoshani – Fourth place
  • Sary NachmiasThird place
  • Iky Levy and the Rasta Hebrew Men –Second place
  • Nadav GuedjWinner

Season 3 (2015–16)[edit]

HaKokhav HaBa 3 Finalists
(With dates of elimination)
Hovi Star 3 March - Winner
Nofar Salman 3 March
Ella Daniel 3 March
Gil Hadash 3 March
Kiara Duple (Lior Cohen) 27 February
"Velma" 27 February
Oded Sharavi 20 February
Ofir Haim 19 February
Shtar 19 February

This season was named "The Next Star to the Eurovision" The winner of season three would represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.


In order:

  • Shtar - 9th Place
  • Ofir Haim - 8th Place
  • Oded Sharavi - 7th Place
  • "Velma" - 6th Place
  • Kiara Duple (Lior Cohen) - 5th Place


  • Gil Hadash – Fourth place
  • Ella Daniel - Third place
  • Nofar Salman - Second place
  • Hovi Star - Winner

Season 4 (2017)[edit]

HaKokhav HaBa 4 Finalists
(With dates of elimination)
Imri Ziv 13 February - Winner
Diana Golbi 13 February
Julietta 13 February
Beatbox Element 13 February
Sapir Nohan 6 February
Ta-La-Te 6 February
Halli Lewis 31 January
Yona Shabin 31 January

The winner of season four would represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The show is hosted by Yael Goldman joined by Assi Azar and Rotem Sela. The presiding judges are Keren Peles and Harel Skaat who were judges in the previous two seasons joined by new judges Assaf Amdursky and the duo Static and Ben El Tavori.


In order:

  • Yona Shabin - 8th Place
  • Hally Lewis - 7th Place
  • Ta-La-Te - 6th Place
  • Sapir Nahon - 5th Place


  • Beatbox Element - Fourth Place
  • Julieta - Third place
  • Diana Golbi - Second place
  • Imri Ziv - Winner

Season 5 (2017–18)[edit]

Israel participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 as the Israeli broadcaster Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC) for the first time collaborated with the commercial broadcaster Keshet and Tedy Productions which organized the reality singing competition HaKokhav HaBa L'Eurovizion ("The Next Star for Eurovision") to select the singer to represent Israel, while the song was chosen by a committee of the Israeli broadcaster. Four contestants reached the final, Chen Aharoni, Jonathan Mergui, Riki Ben Ari and Netta Barzilai. The season was won by Netta Barzilai, the first woman to win the series. As a result, she represented Israel at Eurovision Song Contest 2018. She went on to win the contest in Lisbon with the song "Toy" earning 529 points.

Season 6 (2018–19)[edit]

Kobi Marimi won the show with 383 points, beating runner up Keteryah and third place Shefita. Kobi represented Israel at Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with his song "Home".

Season 7 (2019–20)[edit]


Year Song Artist Final Points Semi Points
2015 "Golden Boy" Nadav Guedj 9 97 3 151
2016 "Made of Stars" Hovi Star 14 135 7 147
2017 "I Feel Alive" IMRI 23 39 3 207
2018 "Toy" Netta 1 529 1 283
2019 "Home" Kobi Marimi 23 35 Host country

International versions[edit]

After the success of the Israeli series in 2013, many television stations throughout the world bought the rights and started broadcasting similar series.

The American television network ABC began airing its first series of Rising Star in June 2014 from Los Angeles.[2] The US edition was also carried in Canada, with advertising simultaneous substitution and voting access on CTV.[3] The show was canceled after its full 10-episode season due to low ratings in its target demographic, and extremely low ratings on the German and French versions.

Another major broadcaster RTL Television launched a German language version in Germany. But following reported poor ratings on its early shows, it announced it was bringing Rising Star Germany scheduled final forward airing an extended one-day finale between 20.15 and 00.00 to decide the winning performer, rather than completing the full 10-episode scheduled season originally planned.[4]

The UK ITV channel bought the rights, but canceled its scheduled launch[5] citing lower-than-expected viewership in similar launches in the United States and Germany. Canale 5 also bought the rights to an Italian version of the show, which was also canceled during development for unexplained reasons.

French television M6, with its first season, launched in September 2014 keeping the title Rising Star. The French version had a shortened season due to low ratings. The Italian television Canale 5 launched its version as Rising Star.

Other broadcasters that adapted the series include Argentine Telefe as Elegidos (La música en tus manos), Brazilian Rede Globo as SuperStar, Chinese CCTV-3, Greek ANT1 , Hungarian TV2 as Rising Star, Indonesian RCTI as Rising Star Indonesia, Portuguese Televisão Independente (TVI) as Rising Star: A próxima estrela, Russia-1 as Артист (Artist), and Turkish TV8 as Yükselen Yıldız. The Russian version of the show had a shortened season due to low ratings on the French and German versions, while the Portuguese and Brazilian versions became quickly popular, but neither lasted more than three seasons; the Brazilian version ended in 2016 after three seasons due to declining viewership. The Indonesian version is the longest-running version of the show outside of Israel.

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