It has been just over a month since Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin Italy. Today the Live-On-Tape performances that were recorded in the event an artist could not perform in Turin have continued to be released. The next performance that was released was Michael Ben David’s performance of their song “I.M.”.
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”.
What is a Live-On-Tape
A Live-On Tape performance is essentially a backup performance. Last year they were used in the event that a delegation could not travel to Rotterdam. This proved to be the case for the Australian delegation in 2021, due to the strict travel restrictions in place in the country at the time. Iceland also had to use a backup performance, however instead of the one they recorded in Iceland they used rehearsal footage, recorded in Rotterdam. Iceland had to use a Live-On tape due to several members of Daði & Gagnamagnið testing positive for Covid-19 during Eurovision 2021.
Watch the Other Live-On-Tape Performances
At the time of writing, you can now watch the Live-On-Tape performances for Ronela Hajati (Albania), Rosa Linn (Armenia), LUM!X and Pia Maria (Austria) Intelligent Music Project (Bulgaria), Mia Dimšić (Croatia), REDDI (Denmark), The Rasmus (Finland), Amanda Tenfjord (Greece), Systur (Iceland) Citi Zēni (Latvia), Monika Liu (Lithuania), LPS (Slovenia), Marius Bear (Switzerland), Vladana (Montenegro), Ochman (Poland), MARO (Portugal).
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.
Michael Ben David represented Israel in Turing during the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 with the song “I.M.”. At the close of voting, Israel finished in 13th place, scoring 61 points and therefore, not qualifying for the final.
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Photo Credit: EBU/ Corinne Cumming