Israel’s Eurovision stars have been chosen through The Next Star franchise since 2015. But things are about to change from 2022 with the news that the local version of X Factor will be used instead. The rebooted talent show has already confirmed that Eurovision 2018 winner Netta and music mogul Simon Cowell will be on the judging panel.
X Factor will be used to select Israel’s Eurovision 2022 singer
Local media reports that KAN put its Eurovision selection efforts to tender. Two parties put in bids — KAN’s outgoing partners KESHET 12 with The Next Star and Reshet 13 with The X Factor. KAN’s tender requirements were reportedly very high, and Reshet 13 won out. The chosen bid is said to include an advertising package for the corporation’s contents, and bids for additional collaborations.
This will make Israel the second country to link its local version of X Factor with Eurovision. Malta used the talent show to select its acts in 2019 and 2020.
X Factor Israel will feature Netta and Simon Cowell as judges
Details of the new season of X Factor Israel were first released in early March. Then it was announced that the judging panel would include Eurovision 2018 and The Next Star winner Netta. She’ll be joined by the format’s creator Simon Cowell. This will mark the first time that Simon has judged on an edition of the show outside the UK or US.
Aviv Geffen will also sit at the judge’s table. The X Factor Israel casting team is currently in the process of finding singers to compete in the new season.
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