Since late October, X Factor Israel has begun its search for Israel’s newest singing star — and their entry for Eurovision 2022. Now broadcaster Kan has confirmed that it has selected the eight potential Eurovision songs that the eventual X Factor finalists will sing. The broadcaster has also revealed more details about the show format.
The broadcaster confirmed the show news with the Israeli Eurovision news site EuroMix. Songwriters were keen to get involved — over 130 entries were received. After putting out a call for potential Eurovision songs, the broadcaster’s expert committee shortlisted eight songs.
Each of the four finalists will be given two songs to perform. Leading up to the grand final, the finalists will each perform their two potential Eurovision songs. The audience and the X Factor judging panel will vote for the one song that each act will take to the grand final.
At the grand final of X Factor for Eurovision, the four finalists will each perform their potential Eurovision entry. They’ll face a vote and the winner will take their song to represent Israel at Eurovision 2022.
The broadcaster has not yet confirmed the date of the X Factor Israel grand final, however EuroMix reports that the show will take place sometime in early February 2022.
Israel selects its Eurovision 2022 act with the X Factor
For its 2022 Eurovision selection, Kan is using its version of the popular international talent show franchise. The X Factor Israel judging panel consists of Eurovision 2018 winner Netta; Israeli rocker Aviv Geffen; Margalit Tzan’ani, who is famed for her Israeli oriental musical repertoire; Eyes Wide Open actor Ran Danker; and singer and actress Miri Mesika. Those judges represent several ends of the musical spectrum, suggesting this year’s contest has a place for everyone and room for big surprises.
The show is currently in the midst of its auditions stage — a long way from the grand final. Since early October, dozens of hopefuls have performed in front of the judging panel, hoping for a place in the contest — and the chance to represent their country at Eurovision 2022.
Earlier this year, Israel was represented by Eden Alene. The singer had previously won X Factor Israel in 2017, but won her ticket to Rotterdam by winning the talent show The Next Star.
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