Hovav Sekulets (Hebrew: חובב סקולץ; born 19 November 1986), better known by his stage name Hovi Star (Hebrew: חובי סטאר), is an Israeli singer. He represented Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "Made of Stars" by Doron Medalie.
Hovi Star in 2016
|Birth name||Hovav Sekulets|
|Born||19 November 1986|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, Songwriter, Composer, Voice Actor, Host|
Sekulets was born in Haifa. At 6, he started in music career by attending auditions for children in Israel. During his obligatory military service, Star was a member of the IDF Band for three years.
In 2009, he took part in season 7 of Kokhav Nolad, the Israeli version of Idol competition broadcast from May to August 2009 as Hovi Star, and finished seventh overall. In the same year Star also took part in the "Children's Song Festival" in Israel with his self-composed song "Little boy, big boy".
The following year he was invited back to Kokhav Nolad to present 'Star Live' - a behind-the-scenes show about the series for online platform MAKO, and also appeared as an expert guest on 'Ha Boker Shel Keshet' to comment on the participants.
During this time he continued his music career with various releases such as "Playing dangerous" and "Boyfriend" before deciding to take a break from music for a year outside of Israel. On return to his homeland, Hovi released "W.S.I.L." and began touring with music groups and solo acts all over the world for the next three years, performing in many countries worldwide. As a songwriter, Star has composed for other Israeli singers such as Liel Kolet ("Red Lines"), Or Bar ("Sorry", "Glass Doll", "One Hug Too Many"), Megior Biton ("Girls' Night") and Barak Tamam ("Live").
He has also been a voice actor in a number of Hebrew dubbed versions of film releases, including: Lego, Inside Out, Lucky Duck, Frozen Fever, My First Dragon 2, Paddington Bear, Maya the Bee, Batman, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Nut Job, Geronimo Stilton, CJ The DJ, among others.
In 2016, Star took part in the Israeli production of "the Little mermaid" as the "star of the sea," a role written especially for him.
Eurovision Song ContestEdit
In 2015, he took part in HaKokhav HaBa La'Eirovizion, the selection process for choosing the Israeli representative to Eurovision Song Contest winning the show's title. He represented Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm with the song "Made of Stars."
At Eurovision, Star performed fourth in the second semifinal on May 12 and qualified to the final in seventh place. In the Grand Final on May 14, Star performed from position #7 and finished #14 overall - seventh on the professional jury voting, receiving 12 points from Germany.
Star is a trained hairstylist and makeup artist. He is openly gay.
In April 2016, he reportedly suffered a homophobic incident in Moscow airport while he was on a tour to promote his Eurovision entry. Star said Russian border police officers tore up his passport, laughed at him and humiliated him presumably for being gay and for his attire and makeup.
As lead artistEdit
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"משחק באש" (Playing with Fire)||2009||—||—||Non-album singles|
|"Something That I Want"
(with Alon Sharr)
|"Made of Stars"||2016||5||93|
As featured artistEdit
(Nimrod Gabay featuring Hovi Star)
- Mako: התעוררתי ככה בבוקר (in Hebrew)
- Paul Jordan. "Hovi Star to represent Israel in Stockholm". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
- Mako: יש לנו זוכה: חובי סטאר ייצג את ישראל באירוויזיון בשוודיה (in Hebrew)
- "Bio - hovistar.com". www.hovistar.com. Retrieved 2016-06-14.
- Gallagher, Robyn (10 April 2016). "Hovi Star at Eurovision in Concert: "I'll serve it, bitch"". Retrieved 12 April 2016.
- Israel Eurovision entrant ‘suffers homophobic incident at Russia airport’, Metro, 23 Apr 2016.
- Hung, Steffen. "Discography Hovi Star". Swedish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
|Awards and achievements|
| HaKokhav HaBa winner
with "Golden Boy"
| Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest
with "I Feel Alive"
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