Genre Reality television
Country of origin Israel
First episode date 17 September 2013
Program creator Yoav Tzafir
Theme music composer Sylas McGriff
No. of seasons 3
Network Channel 2
Cast Assi Azar, Esti Ginzburg
|Created by Asaf Spector Shenkar
Developed by Screenz Cross Media LTD
Presented by Assi Azar, Esti Ginzburg, Rotem Sela
Judges Rita, Zvika Hadar, Eyal Golan, Muki, Harel Skaat, Keren Peles, Ben-El Tavori, Assaf Amdursky
Similar HaAh HaGadol, The Voice Israel, Kokhav Nolad, Yellow Peppers, The Next Star
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 September 17, 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.
- Season 1 2013
- Season 2 201415
- Season 3 201516
- Season 4 2017
- International versions
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. 2014–2015 winner Nadav Guedj represented Israel in 2015 with "Golden Boy" and 2015–2016 winner Hovi Star represented Israel in 2016 with "Made of Stars".
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.
Contestant 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.
Judges also influence the test stage - all judges may support the promotion of the contestant and thereby add 7% percent. 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".
Season 1 (2013)
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.
Season 2 (2014–15)
The winner of season two would represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015.
Season 3 (2015–16)
This season was named "The Next Star to the Eurovision" The winner of season three would represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
Season 4 (2017)
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 residing judges are Keren Peles and Harel Skaat who were judges in the previous two seasons joined by new judges Assaf Amdursky and the duo producer Statis (סטטיק) / performer Ben El Tavori (בן אל תבורי).
After success of the Israeli series in 2013, many television stations throughout the world bought the rights and started broadcasting similar series. Most notable of such stations were US, German, UK, French and Italian broadcasters.
The American television network ABC began airing its first series of Rising Star in June 2014 from Los Angeles. The US edition was also carried in Canada, with advertising simultaneous substitution and voting access on CTV. 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.
The UK ITV channel bought the rights, but cancelled its scheduled launch citing lower-than-expected viwership in similar launches in USA and Germany.
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, the Japanese NHK as rising Star Japan (ライジングスタージャパン) (which has not yet been premiered), Portuguese Televisão Independente (TVI) as Rising Star: A próxima estrela, Russia-1 as Артист (Artist), 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.