Israel has chosen. Michael Ben David has won X Factor for Eurovision with “I.M”, and will represent Israel at Eurovision 2022 in Turin.
After over three months of auditions and shows, the grand final saw the final four artists – Inbal Bibi, Michael Ben David, Eli Huli, and Sapir Saban – battling for the ticket to Turin.
All four performed one cover of their choice and their Eurovision entry.
Michael Ben David – “I.M”
Michael Ben David wins X Factor Israel for Eurovision 2022
First round: Cover round + repechage
The first round was comprised of two duels.
First, Inbal Bibi was up against Michael Ben David. Bibi performed first, singing “The Winner Takes It All” by ABBA. Michael Ben David went after her, with his cover of “Shnei Meshugaim”. Michael Ben David emerged victorious, with Inbal Bibi heading to the repechage stage.
The second duel saw Eli Huli face off against Sapir Saban. Eli Huli sang the Friends theme song “I’ll Be There for You” by The Rembrandts. Meanwhile, Sapir Saban performed “Badad” by Zohar Argov. Eventually, Eli Huli qualified directly to the final three, while Sapir Saban continued to the battle against Inbal Bibi for the third spot in the final.
For the repechage, Sapir and Inbal performed their Eurovision entries. Sapir’s “Breaking My Own Walls” scored 31%, and Ibal’s “Marionette” received 69% of the vote. This meant that Sapir Saban placed fourth, while Inbal Bibi joined Michael and Eli in the second round.
Second round: Eurovision songs
Since Inbal Bibi had just performed her powerful ballad “Marionette”, she did not perform again.
Instead, Michael Ben David performed his club banger “I.M”.
Eli Huli then closed the show with the lovely mid-tempo tune “Blinded Dreamers”.
X Factor Israel for Eurovision 2022: Final results
- Eli Huli – 58 points
- Michael Ben David – 50 points
- Inbal Bibi – 42 points
- Eli Huli – 60 points
- Michael Ben David – 46 points
- Inbal Bibi – 44 points
- Michael Ben David – 118 points
- Eli Huli – 95 points
- Inbal Bibi – 87 points
- Michael Ben David – 214 points
- Eli Huli – 213 points
- Inbal Bibi – 173 points
What do you think of the X Factor Israel results? How will Michael Ben David do at Eurovision 2022 with “I.M”? Let us know in the comments below.
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