Three months after the Israeli artist selection X Factor for Eurovision 2022 began, we have a final four. Each of the artists will sing two songs on Thursday, in the selection show Our Song for Eurovision 2022. The show will not select the Israeli entry for Turin, but will determine which of their two songs each artist will perform on Saturday’s X Factor finale. KAN has now revealed the eight potential entries on their radio stations.

Which songs should the X Factor finalists sing in Israel?

The top four of X Factor for Eurovision 2022 will sing two entries each in the Thursday show, meant to choose the final four entries for Saturday. The reveal featured all four finalists in a talk-show format show.

You can watch the reveal on this YouTube link on KAN’s channel…if it’s available in your country. We are having to use a VPN here in the UK. You can also try watching on this link from KAN.

Below we have a series of polls to determine which song you want each artist to sing, and which is your favourite overall.

Inbal Bibi‘s entries were first in the running order, with her entries “Zaza” (זזה) and “Marionette” being first to sound in the studio. “Zaza” is a bi-lingual, electro-infused, ethnic pop track, that had the whole studio dancing. “Marionette” is a shift in style, a powerful mid-tempo track with thumping percussion, co-written by the writer of Eden Alene’s 2020 NF entry “Rakata”.

Michael Ben David‘s song were next in the reveal. His songs “Don’t” and “I.M.” followed a contemporary, empowering, dance pop style. The latter of the two includes a more experimental, sassy style, and features a familiar name – Chen Aharoni is among the songwriters.

Eli Huli wrote his own two songs, which sets him apart from the other three finalists. “Blinded Dreamers” and “Nostalgia”, both penned in collaboration with renowned Israeli producer Roby Fayer, follow a more emotional, somewhat indie vibe. The former is more up-tempo, though both convey a similar feeling.

Sapir Saban then revealed her “Breaking My Own Walls” and “Head Up”. While “Breaking My Own Walls” is a slow ballad with Middle Eastern influences demonstrating Saban’s vocal ability, “Head Up” is an up-tempo track, highly influenced by the Mizrahi pop scene. Both tracks were written by teams of successful Israeli songwriters.

Even though Thursday’s show will only determine which song each of the finalists sings on Saturday, we still have to ask: Which of the eight songs is your favourite? Let us know in this final poll below. 

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shira
shira
6 months ago

A really good selection to choose from. Zaza, Head Up, and I.M are my favourites. I get more addicted to them the more I listen.

Gili
Gili
6 months ago
Reply to  shira

Blinded dreamers only for the win

Jarred
Jarred
6 months ago

honestly they’re all so good. Israel always DELIVER

Angelique
Angelique
6 months ago

Inbal Bibi is the best and I prefer her song “Zaza”. They will make a revamp of the winner song, so I’m very curious about that.
Zaza has the whole package

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
6 months ago

100%

Sabiya
Sabiya
6 months ago

This country is a mess, hoping that they’ll be disqualified and banned!

Gili
Gili
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabiya

IF YOU ARE NOT HERE FOR THE MUSIC GET OUT OF HERE, WE HAVE NO PATIENT FOR POLITICS AND PEOPLE LIKE YOU

Habibi
Habibi
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabiya

Like ur country ?

Manuel de Sousa
Manuel de Sousa
6 months ago

I wished they included Turkish lyrics in Sapir’s songs

Jessica Folcker
Jessica Folcker
6 months ago

I.M staged by Kyle Hanagami could steal the show. Tagged him and Chanel on Instagram under Michael’s post. Fingers crossed. 🙂

Yush
Yush
6 months ago

Omg that’s a must

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
6 months ago

Can we have Inbal both her songs and get rid of whichever song sang by the boys? I’m kidding but I’m also not.
I voted for
Zaza (this one was so tough but I think Zaza would do better in the contest even though I like Marionette a bit more personally),
Don’t (I know I.M is gonna win but it’s too annoying for me),
Blinded Dreamers and
Braking My Own Walls (the right amount of ethnic instrumentation and vocal style – I expect Head Up to win but it’s just too cheesy for my taste).

Last edited 6 months ago by willchrisiam
Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago

Based on the studio versions, I would pick any of Inbal Bibi’s songs. Both are very enjoyable, fit her voice and could do well in Eurovision. Which one? Well, the results of the poll show it’s a close call. “Marionette” is more emotional and relatable, “Zaza” is a fun song (I know part of the fandom doesn’t like drops in the place of sticky chorus, but I liked what they did with this one). Wouldn’t be surprise or mad if Eli Huli ends up winning it, because he seems to have a different sound from the other contestants. “Blinded Dreamers”… Read more »

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
6 months ago

Can anyone please share the link? The videos are not available in my country and the link they provided only leads to KAN’s home page and I can’t figure out where to look.

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
6 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

TF would they geoblock it?

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

Look for one of them on Youtube, but search for videos uploaded today, because that was the only way the videos appeared to me. There are at least a couple of channels that uploaded all the songs.

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

Thanks! I ended up doing that and managed to find them.

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

You were only getting recaps and users’ top 8 videos, right? Go figure why Youtube was hiding the real deal. Now we learned this new trick!

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

I’ve been doing that for ages but for some reason it didn’t even cross my mind to check there. Must be the exhaustion. Thanks for pointing me (and others as I’ve seen) in the right direction!

Jo.
Jo.
6 months ago

either song by Inbal would great

MartyMcCu
MartyMcCu
6 months ago

Impressive, very good songs. 🙂 Tough competition.

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago

The VPN I use doesn’t give me access to Israeli sites. Anybody knows if there’s already an un-geoblocked place to check the songs?

Last edited 6 months ago by Sabrina
Jo.
Jo.
6 months ago
Reply to  Sabrina

it’s all on youtube

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

Thanks, I ended up finding them there. 🙂

Esc addict
Esc addict
6 months ago

Nice selection! There are potentials! Firstly my picks for each artists would be: Sapir Head up ; Eli Blinded Dreamers ; Michael I.M ; Inbal Marionette . I think the overall victory is between I.M and Marionette, each of them would give a great result for Israël, I.M is a guilty pleasure so well done so modern so catchy that it’s not even guilty anymore. Marionette makes me feel something at the first listening and I’m sure I’m not the only one, really great vibes with this one, great power ballad. So between these two I can’t choose but would… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by Esc addict
Alo
Alo
6 months ago

Well done Kan.
There are quality songs with potential.
I think for now it is going to be inbal vs Eli. But I will not count down Michael with I.m as he is excellent performer

Ana
Ana
6 months ago

Inbal will probably win because she is extremely popular. I’m just a bit underwhelmed by the Ballad they gave her (the other one is not even a song, sorry, it’s a bunch of cheap gimmicks glued together). Can Israel do well in Eurovision with a power ballad? I’m no sure.

Alo
Alo
6 months ago
Reply to  Ana

Can Israel do good with a ballad? Shiri maimon was iconic in 2005 and came 4th

Ana
Ana
6 months ago
Reply to  Alo

In 2005 darling, 17 freaking years ago. Everything is different now. And to be honest, looking back at how poorly Coby was scored despite a solid performance, I feel like Israel in 2022 need something more than a power ballad. It needs to stand out. Otherwise it’s like another maybe qualifier, maybe 15th place in the final thing. Which is not a very exciting result for a country with such potential.

lara
lara
6 months ago
Reply to  Ana

Home was pretty outdated and cheesy tbh

Yush
Yush
6 months ago
Reply to  Ana

Since the meaning of Marionette is empowering children who are being ostracized and abused by others at school. Yeah this song can do well with a good promotion

Ahs54
Ahs54
6 months ago
Reply to  Ana

“darling” Cringe

Ana
Ana
6 months ago
Reply to  Ahs54

That? That’s all you had to add to the conversation? That’s the real cringe.

Vegard
Vegard
6 months ago

Marionette, Nostalgia or Blinded Dreamers should be Israel’s entry for Eurovision 2022!

OberonYronwood
OberonYronwood
6 months ago

I started crying the moment I heard Marionette, as someone struggling with mental illness this song perfectly captures it, brilliant.

Yush
Yush
6 months ago

Marionette is about empowering children who are being ostracized and abused by others at school. What a powerful song. Once you get the idea behind it you realize that this is the song to be sent

Last edited 6 months ago by Yush
Tamara
Tamara
6 months ago

Israel has lots of potential here. With the famous Israeli “touch” (A.K.A revamp) any of these songs should easily qualify from the 2nd semi final and do pretty well in the ESC grand final (even getting a top-10 spot).

Gili
Gili
6 months ago

Eli Huli “Nostalgia”, its a big grower and beautifull song, lyrics and composition.
whoever doesnt hear it please clean your ears, this is a winner

Last edited 6 months ago by Gili
Por no estar
Por no estar
6 months ago

Writing songs for a selection of artists doesnt work, its not about the artist nor vocals in eurovision. What works is an open selection of hundrerds of songs to find ur hit

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
6 months ago
Reply to  Por no estar

Yet it worked in 2018.

John
John
6 months ago

There is 1 song to choose here for Israel to stand out. “I.M” and the staging should go in for the full disco cabaret “It’s Raining Men” realness. No one else can deliver this the way Michael can.

Keisha
Keisha
6 months ago
Reply to  John

Literally no one will vote for this except middle aged gay men.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
6 months ago

Inbal Bibi is the right choice to go with this year for Israel. Whether it’d be ZaZa or Marionette doesn’t matter, both are fantastic and will bring Israel back into the top 10. Both Inbal Bibi’s songs are fantastic woman empowerment songs, but I see one of them above the other. That one is Marionette. Knowing lots of people here in the comments lean more towards ZaZa, that might come over as a surprise. The reason why I am leaning towards Marionette is because Marionette feels more sincere and emotional to me. Mariotte draws you in with a grabbing story… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by GojoSatoru
Xxx
Xxx
6 months ago

A nice bunch of songs, but nothing really caught my attention.

Gili
Gili
6 months ago
Reply to  Xxx

Listen again to Nostalgia, pay attention to the lyrics

Grace
6 months ago
Reply to  Gili

I agree with Gili and also listen to Blinded Dreamers. Eli Huli wrote amazing songs with meaningful lyrics.

Jake
Jake
6 months ago

Did Doron Medalie not submit any songs for these guys to sing?

Yush
Yush
6 months ago
Reply to  Jake

No he didn’t

Jake
Jake
6 months ago
Reply to  Jake

Why is a question being downvoted?!? So confused. It was a genuine question given his success rate with Eurovision.

West
West
6 months ago

My favourite of all songs is definitely Nostalgia.

Jake
Jake
6 months ago

Interesting selection. I’m surprised there’s not at least one good fast danceable ethnic bop—I guess Zaza is the closest you get but not quite what I was expecting in terms of a joyous dance party song. These songs need to come alive with staging and authentic performances on the night because they are all feeling slightly generic. I’m also curious how this X Factor edition leaves you with 4 contestants that sound very similar to each other. Based off these tracks I can’t the difference between what kind of music they put out or their musical POV.

Yush
Yush
6 months ago
Reply to  Jake

Because X Factor Israel wasn’t a fair game to begin with, Sapir is Netra’s friend so she wanted her from the first place, Eli was in one of the other judges team in The Voice. Hopefully next year we will be choosing our artist by The Next Star show

now that i see the light
now that i see the light
6 months ago

I wish they kept ”Rakata” and ”Roots” and release one of them for 2021 and the other one for 2022

Park Shin Hye
Park Shin Hye
6 months ago

I’m so sad because i’m dissapointed. All those races that lasted for weeks were for these songs ?
I think Eli Huli songs seem to be best , also i enjoyed Inbal Bibi’s ”Zaza” and Sapir Saban’s ”Head Up” but seriously none is enough.. Israeli selection was great in 2020 and got weaker year after year

Last edited 6 months ago by Park Shin Hye
Maria
Maria
6 months ago

IM chorus sound like Lady Gaga’s “G.U.Y” XD

Maya G
Maya G
6 months ago

My favorite is Zaza, and it got my vote too. I believe Inbal has the biggest chance of winning with either of her songs.Michael could possibly steal it with I.M (god I hope he doesn’t) and I fear Sapir and Eli don’t stand a chance with any of their songs.

Alo
Alo
6 months ago
Reply to  Maya G

Eli has definitely a chance with his more uptempo song

Pineaple
Pineaple
6 months ago

Eli Huli should win this in my opinion. He’s written both of his tracks and they feel so much more authentic than the others. I think he could bring a breath of fresh air to the contest.

Gili
Gili
6 months ago
Reply to  Pineaple

Eli huli is quality and so his songs, people are looking for fast music, with eli you really need to listen carefully andthen you will hear that his songs are winners, for me especially “Nostalgia”

Ravencrow Neversmiles
Ravencrow Neversmiles
6 months ago

Typical. I voted the song with less votes from every artist except Sabir Saban. I think Inbal Bibi’s Marionette is nice but all of the songs are kind of average.

Esc
Esc
6 months ago

Correction with the wording of Eli’s song in the poll, it’s Blinded Dreamers not Blinded Heroes.

In terms of my pick, it’s a bit difficult to say because I think some of these will come to life in the live performance but my favourites atm are Zaza, Head up and Blinded Dreamers in that order.

finnished
finnished
6 months ago

They sound like songs that place 17th in the grand final, so I guess that’s decent

Campbell Grace
Campbell Grace
6 months ago

Inbal Bibi with “Zaza” is the best option 100%

Mr X
Mr X
6 months ago
Reply to  Campbell Grace

I agree

Sale
Sale
6 months ago

Zaza is the best choice

Last edited 6 months ago by Sale
Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
6 months ago

inbal bible has the two best songs i fear

Azaad
Azaad
6 months ago

She’s by far the most famous person in the selection so even if her songs were duds she would probably win.

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
6 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

amazing news

alpine
alpine
6 months ago

Eli Huli is the best choice, but I also like Inbal.

Maria
Maria
6 months ago

Disappointing selection.

Maria
Maria
6 months ago
Reply to  Maria

Down vote my however you want.
do you hear the next eurovision winner in those 8 songs?
I barely hear a qualifier.

Gili
Gili
6 months ago
Reply to  Maria

this is what you hear and its ok….

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
6 months ago
Reply to  Maria

I agree that all songs need the set me free style revamp to qualify. Some songs you can hear the potential but at the same time they all still feel like a demo.

Last edited 6 months ago by Frisian esc
Maria
Maria
6 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

And even Set me free,with the revamp and whistle-notes only got the 17 place.. out of 26 competing songs in the final.

My suggestions to the delegation: withdraw. Save the money for when we a winning material.
the fandom is anyway all about countries that never won before, the 2018-something charm has all faded. a complete waste of time and money.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
6 months ago
Reply to  Maria

Mwahh if every country that didn’t send winning material would withdraw we’d have 3 to 5 songs competing per year + a show of 50 minutes. Also the fandom rooting for countries without a win has no impact on results when we look at what has won this last decade.

Maria
Maria
6 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

I’m super fine with ~10 countries competing, each have a killer song and performance. I really don’t see how “filler” songs like “Omaga”, “the moon is rising” and “maps” make the competition any more enjoyable.

ArvinRoido Atienza
ArvinRoido Atienza
6 months ago
Reply to  Maria

Do you how it costs to host ESC? What Israel wants now is a decent result in the contest. Just because you dont like their songs, they have to withdraw. The earth doesnt revolve on you!

Ana
Ana
6 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

You’re right and I can tell you that the song which will be selected will get a new version for the Eurovision. They are all actually still a demo version just for the pre-show.. I think either Inbal or Eli must win!
Israel will win this year. Love you from Sweden????

Maria
Maria
6 months ago
Reply to  Ana

>> Israel will win this year.
Well, I guess it’s better to laugh than to cry?

Ana
Ana
6 months ago
Reply to  Maria

No I’m serious, I think Israel has very good chance to win, at least top 5 with those songs

Tom
Tom
6 months ago
Reply to  Maria

I agree. Very disaapointing Second Year in a row from Israel.

Ana
Ana
6 months ago
Reply to  Tom

I disagree with you, set me free was amazing and so those songs are amazing. Set me free QL from very hard SF and that’s the prove my opinion! Love you Israel from Sweden. I really like Israel in Eurovision they always bring good songs

apollinischesprinzip
apollinischesprinzip
6 months ago

eli huli’s nostalgia is imo the best one… feels the most sincere that is…

it will probably stand out among all the “bangers”

Gili
Gili
6 months ago

you have a mistake in the name of eli huli song, its blinded dreams, not blinded heroes…

apollinischesprinzip
apollinischesprinzip
6 months ago
Reply to  Gili

it’s actually neither of those hahaha it’s blinded dreamers

Gili
Gili
6 months ago

correct