After a few months of auditions, and live shows, the latest season of X Factor Israel has concluded, where it was revealed that Michael Ben David was victorious and they will represent Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin with the song “I.M”
Four artists competed for the chance to represent Israel in Turin
Four artists competed to win The X Factor Israel, There were three rounds, a cover round after which sent 2 artists to Round 3. In Round 2 – a survival round the 2 acts that didn’t win their Round 1 duels went head to head with their potential Eurovision songs. The Round 2 act with the lowest combined score was eliminated. In Round 3 the final three remaining acts then sang their potential Eurovision entries before “XXX” was victorious with the song “XXX”
Tonight’s show was hosted by Liron Weizman, the winner was selected by a combination of jury voting, a professional committee voting and televoting.
|Order||Artist||Cover Song||Jury||Professional Commitee||Televoting||Total Point||Result|
|1(Duel 1)||Inbal Bibi||“The Winner Takes It All||5||0||24||29||Round 2|
|2 (Duel 1)||Michael Ben David||“Shnei Meshung’aim”||20||25||26||71||Round 3|
|3 (Duel 2)||Sapir Saban||“Badad”||5||10||20||35||Round 2|
|4 (Duel 2)||Eli Huli||“I’ll be There For You”||5||15||30||65||Round 3|
|Jury||Professional Commitee||Televote||Total Points||Result|
|1||Sapir Saban||“Breaking My Own Walls”||0||15||16||31||Eliminated|
|2||Inbal Bibi||“Marionette”||25||10||34||69||Round 3|
|Order||Finalist||Competing Song||Jury||Professional Committee||Televote||Total Points||Final Result|
|1||Michael Ben David||“I’M”||50||46||118||214||1st|
|2||Eli Huli||“Blinded Dreamers”||58||60||95||213||2nd|
Listen to Israel’s “I.M” on streaming services
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Israel’s Eurovision Journey
Israel has a long and wealthy history in the Eurovision Song Contest, making their debut in 1973 with Ilanit and “Ey Sham”. Their first entry scored 97 points, placing 4th. Israel has since gone on to win the Contest on four separate occasions – in 1978, 1979, 1998 and 2018.
Eden Alene returned to represent Israel in 2021 after the coronavirus pandemic meant that she was not able to perform in Rotterdam the previous year. Alene scored 93 points and finished in 17th place with her song “Set Me Free”.
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News Source: Reshet 13
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