Back in the Kdam days, Israel kept us waiting until the final days of the national final season. But nowadays Israel is the early bird of Eurovision. We’ve just learned that their artist national selection — due to begin this October — will double as a song selection. X Factor for Eurovision 2022 will feature a four-act grand final, where the artists will perform their potential Eurovision songs.
X Factor for Eurovision — Israel’s 2022 song selection
Last month, EuroMix.co.il revealed the names of 18 of the participants, sparking early hype around the Eurovision fandom. Now, EuroMix have revealed that a twist has been added to the Israeli take on the X Factor franchise. In the grand final of the contest, which will feature four artists, they will be judged on their performance of the song they would sing at Eurovision 2022 in Italy if chosen.
Most of what we know about the Israel national selection, at this point, is from word-of-mouth. The Israeli broadcaster has yet to officially reveal any information other than the contest’s name and logo. But we know filming has already taken place up until the “Five Chairs” round.
According to a EuroMix exclusive, the show is scheduled to begin in early October. The grand final will take place around January, meaning Israel will once again be one of the first to reveal their entry. The jury will be comprised of Aviv Geffen, Margarit Tsan’ani, Miri Mesika, Eurovision 2018 winner Netta Barzilai, and Ran Danker.
The Israeli Eurovision fansite also revealed that each of the four finalists would perform two songs. Out of the eight, only four would qualify to the final, where Israel will choose their Eurovision 2022 entry.
Song submissions will be open to Israeli songwriters only. The submission period is 19 September to 17 October.
The last time Israel combined their artist selection with a song selection was back in 2016. Then, Hovi Star’s version of “Made of Stars” won the ticket to Stockholm. In 2020 and 2021, Israel had public selections to decide on an entry (after going internal between 2017 and 2019), but they were separate from the artist selection.