Today second rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 continue. Countries rehearsing on Day 6 for the second time include Iceland, Norway, Armenia, Finland, Israel, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Malta, and San Marino. Next to rehearse today was Israel’s Michael Ben David.
Michael Ben David’s second rehearsal
Today we got to watch Michael Ben David’s second rehearsal from the online Press Centre. We got an in-depth preview of how his performance will look on TV on Thursday 12th May, when he performs in the second Eurovision semi-final. You can watch a small clip of his second rehearsal here!
What can we see from Israel’s second rehearsal
In the beginning, we see Michael standing on stage, with mirrors behind him, and after the first few lines, these are drawn back and he walks towards the front of the stage, where he is joined by two backing dancers.
When we get to the chorus, we then see Michael in the middle of the stage, where he is joined by two more backing dancers. For the rest of the song, Michael stays in the middle of the stage, as he does the choreography alongside his backing dancers, with the song ending with him standing in the middle of the stage.
Michael’s performance makes heavy use of the stage lights that are available, as well as the LEDs, especially the one on the floor, where the bird’s eye view shot is used a few times during the performance.
What happened in Michael Ben David’s first rehearsal?
After Michael Ben David’s first rehearsal, Jazzi gave her initial thoughts on the snippet that we saw. You can see how she felt about his first rehearsal by checking our TikTok here:
About Michael Ben David
Michael Ben David is an Israeli singer. He has Ukrainian and Georgian heritage. In 2020 Michael graduated from the same performing arts school as past Israeli Eurovision artists such as Harel Skaat. During his time on X Factor Israel, he was mentored by Netta – who won the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2018 with her song toy.
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: EBU
Photo Source: EBU / Nathan Reinds