Michael Ben David IM Israel Eurovision 2022

Local media in Israel are reporting that Michael Ben David, who is set to represent Israel at Eurovision 2022, is considering withdrawing from the song contest. 

Michael, who won The X Factor and earned the right to fly the Israeli flag in Turin with his song “I.M”, is considering retiring from Eurovision due to “dissatisfaction with professional conduct”, ynet reports. 

Michael Ben David considers withdrawing from Eurovision 2022

The 25-year-old singer originally expressed optimism about representing Israel at Eurovision. However, sources are now claiming he is considering withdrawing from Eurovision, should he be unable to represent his country “with dignity”. 

A source close to Michael told ynet: “Michael comes wholeheartedly to the competition, but if he understands that there are policies that deprive him of the right to represent Israel with dignity, he will not go there to despise the flag.”

According to the source, Michael has expressed “dissatisfaction with professional conduct.” The details of this disagreement are unknown, however the source’s comments suggest issues may have arisen surrounding internal politics at broadcaster KAN.

Despite this, Michael is continuing his preparations for Turin. 

The source continued: “Michael Ben David is currently working hard to prepare the number for the Eurovision Song Contest and the filming of the official music video, and intends to represent Israel with dignity on the world’s largest singing stage.”

Who is Michael Ben David? 

Michael, 25, is an actor, singer and dancer, who has a degree in acting. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, he put his performing arts career on hold and picked up some hours in his local supermarket. 

Michael Ben David won The X Factor and earned the right to represent Israrl at Eurovision 2022 with his song “I.M”. He defeated runner-up Eli Choli by just one point. 

What do you think? Will Michael Ben David withdraw from Eurovision? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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AMAAN STORM
AMAAN STORM
2 years ago

Some of the bullying and nasty comments under this post are shocking. What has the man done to you? He’s just going about trying to do his job and to express himself artistically and musically.
Jesus, it’s like the Conchita Wurst bullying all over again except this is 8 years later where you’d expect the world to be a little different.

I hope Michael Ben doesn’t withdraw and stays in just to p*** you all off even more!

Mitch
Mitch
2 years ago

I’m sorry, but did RuPaul write this song? Because this is AWFUL. Unoriginal, already seen & heard so many times before.. Even the choreo is predictable..
It’s a bit cringey tbh. (Just my opinion)
He could would probably do good for Azealia Banks Lipsync Battle or smt

Last edited 2 years ago by Mitch
Natalie
2 years ago

I think Michael represented us with great respect. The pressure is on the odds and turn to him. There are good songs this year and what will be won is excellent. ??????

Giles40
Giles40
2 years ago

His song/act/stage presence/energy is needed in Torino.

Kobe
Kobe
2 years ago

The drama!

Molly rishon
Molly rishon
2 years ago

Maybe even negative advertising is an advertising ploy.

tomato
tomato
2 years ago

It’s a big dissapointment, because this song gives me winner vibes 🙁 Reminds me of Heroes by Måns Zelmerlöw (in a good way).

Tzs
Tzs
2 years ago
Reply to  tomato

Wake up lol wtf

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
2 years ago

i don’t want him to withdraw, but at the same time i kinda understand where he’s coming from. israel seems to allow little to no artistic freedom to their eurovision representative with this talent show selection method.

Héctor
Héctor
2 years ago

I wouldn’t be to bothered as I don’t like the song.

I think the issue might have something to do with his stage presence and what he wants to do on stage. Heels and all that stuff, kind of like Basti in San Marino. Some conservatives politics obviously won’t like it.

This is just what I think it’s happening, but I probably be wrong.

~Cinemato~
~Cinemato~
2 years ago

Pretty toxic of you, you never know what he’s been going through with the broadcaster stuff

Bella
Bella
2 years ago

Not sure who the author is, but this article is completely unintelligible.

Ffgsg
Ffgsg
2 years ago
Reply to  Bella

The author is stated above its Oliver adams
But what do you mean unintelligible?

Bella
Bella
2 years ago
Reply to  Ffgsg

It’s poorly structured, it contains no information at all but the same vague phrase is repeated 5 times, and it reads disjointed.

I saw it was written by “Oliver Adams”, I said “Not sure who the author is” as in “Not sure who this O. Adams” is. 🙂

zelenovi
zelenovi
2 years ago
Reply to  Bella

Yeah, I have zero idea what is going on – why is Michael considering withdrawing? Who is he upset with and why?

Lourdes
Lourdes
2 years ago
Reply to  zelenovi

Hate comments and he feels like his opinion is not considered by the KAN.

Karl
Karl
2 years ago

And nothing of value will be lost.

Illi
Illi
2 years ago
Reply to  Karl

The mental health of a human being. Really valuable IMO.

tomtomtom
tomtomtom
2 years ago

Yeah yeah the song is not the most original, but he is a next-level performer that will easily qualify for the final. He’ll place somewhere around 10-20 in the final.

tato51100
tato51100
2 years ago

If he withdraws, I’ll just give up on this year, so many lost talents so far (RIP Alina)… I’d lost once again one of the few songs I “like” for this edition…

~Cinemato~
~Cinemato~
2 years ago
Reply to  tato51100

Alina has committed a serious crime so it’s only fair for her to be DQ’ed

James
James
2 years ago
Reply to  ~Cinemato~

There’s no actual crime that was committed except violating the rules of a national song competition.

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
2 years ago
Reply to  James

Forgery of documents is a crime in my country…

Mitch
Mitch
2 years ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

Oh God not again with this Ukraine-Krimea s#it…
Hey! I have an idea! Let’s bring Kosovo to compete to spice things up even more!

James
James
2 years ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

Which she didn’t do but someone else did.

Maya G
Maya G
2 years ago

I’m pretty sure it’s just some disagreement blown out of proportion, he’ll go to Turin.
It was just published today that Marvin Dietmann will be the creative director of the Israeli number this year in Turin.

Ffgsg
Ffgsg
2 years ago
Reply to  Maya G

Just because Martin will be the creative director doesn’t mean it’s 100/100 sure that Michael will go
He said he doesn’t like the team he is working with

However if he withdraws Martin may be in charge for another artist

Maya G
Maya G
2 years ago
Reply to  Ffgsg

Marvin Dietmann has nothing to do with my assessment that Michael will go to Turin. He has nothing to gain from quitting. He’s probably very frustrated by how things are handled so far and hopes that threatening to quit would scare the people in charge enough to make a decent effort to get things running smoothly.

Ffs
Ffs
2 years ago

Good .I hope he does!

Dawid
Dawid
2 years ago

But chicken in kimono was cool?

Maya G
Maya G
2 years ago
Reply to  Dawid

It was the coolest <3

Dawid
Dawid
2 years ago
Reply to  Maya G

My point being, why would Israel have problem with him if they’re happy for Netta?

Maya G
Maya G
2 years ago
Reply to  Dawid
  1. Where in the article does it say that Israel has a problem with him?
  2. Like it or not, Netta won Eurovision for Israel and Eurovision winners are generally liked and appreciated in their home countries.
Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
2 years ago

I won ‘t miss him I don ‘t like his song

Trocatroc
Trocatroc
2 years ago

I like the song too. I hope it stays in.

Dolly
Dolly
2 years ago
Reply to  Trocatroc

Dolly loves the song

Jack
Jack
2 years ago

Please go, the song is absolutely terrible anyway

~Cinemato~
~Cinemato~
2 years ago
Reply to  Jack

He meant “Please stay”

Ffgsg
Ffgsg
2 years ago
Reply to  ~Cinemato~

You can’t change his opinion

Azan
Azan
2 years ago

Please stay! I really like the song, it has potential!!! I’d really like to see the revamp and music video! Also, the performance was great, so I can’t imagine what a Eurovision performance would be like!

Ffgsg
Ffgsg
2 years ago
Reply to  Azan

I completely forgot about the revamp now I want him to stay

Illi
Illi
2 years ago

I do care. I hate bullies and toxic fandom, like you.

Tzs
Tzs
2 years ago

Pls withdrawn 🙂 You are nice person but song …. call Ira Losco

The truth
2 years ago
Reply to  Tzs

Just curoisity – what has Ira Losco to do with this issue?

Mil
Mil
2 years ago
Reply to  The truth

I think he means he needs to change song, like Ira did after winning. (i don’t agree btw so don’t shoot me)

Tzs
Tzs
2 years ago
Reply to  Mil

He? If u do not know gender dont write he pls 🙂

Tzs
Tzs
2 years ago
Reply to  The truth

Yes i ment Ira – he should change the song – Its embarassing to watch it we are not in 2007 anymore – Hungary 2009 we already had …

The truth
2 years ago
Reply to  Tzs

OK understood what you meant cause I was not sure how Ira Losco came into this context. However I believe his issue is not with the song itself.

WeAreWhitChanel
WeAreWhitChanel
2 years ago

Bit if he will has withdraw, will Eli Huli go to the ESC? Yes, please

Giorgio
Giorgio
2 years ago

I really hope he changes his mind and he embraces Eurovision full heartedly. He has a lot of fans (myself included) and he will get many more if he goes to Torino. His song is unique and we need an unabashedly gay act on the Eurovision stage this year. Do not withdraw please!

Last edited 2 years ago by Giorgio
Darren
Darren
2 years ago
Reply to  Giorgio

Why do we need an unabashedly gay act on the Eurovision stage this year?

Like we get about 5 every year…

Jonas
Jonas
2 years ago
Reply to  Darren

We’ve never had one. Not one that has ever used pronouns, not one that ever sang a love duet – but we’ve had plenty of heteros do it.

Arrivederci
Arrivederci
2 years ago
Reply to  Jonas

I’m not fluent in italian, but isn’t brividi a love duet? it certainly came off that way, at least to me.

Last edited 2 years ago by Arrivederci
Jonas
Jonas
2 years ago
Reply to  Arrivederci

No, it’s not. It’s two people singing about the same thing, but not to each other or about each other. Mahmood comes the closest to using pronouns, though – he is singing to a man. Blanco is not.

Casciano
Casciano
2 years ago
Reply to  Jonas

Exactly. “Brividi” is purposely ambiguous. Hence, its broad appeal and success. Mahmood also vhas a duet with San Remo rival and runner-up, Elisa. It’s on his second album. It’s called “Rubini” and I like it even more than the bike with diamonds. Italian artists love duets!

Dolly
Dolly
2 years ago
Reply to  Darren

Twat

Ffgsg
Ffgsg
2 years ago
Reply to  Darren

Name 5 gay acts from last year

And I don’t mean the performers being gay .I mean the whole act being gay

Go ahead name 5 acts from last year

Sale
Sale
2 years ago

Off topic: Montenegro will release their song on March 4th

esc_fl
esc_fl
2 years ago
Reply to  Sale

It looks promising; I’d be surprised to find Montenegro is one of the countries saving this year’s ESC.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 years ago
Reply to  esc_fl

I hope it turns out to be good. Montenegro has taken three years off, let’s hope it will be worth it.

Chris Malta
Chris Malta
2 years ago

I think the only grand thing about Eurovision this year will be the stage. Lots of boring songs chosen so far!

Mi75
Mi75
2 years ago
Reply to  Chris Malta

With all those NF, with lots of great songs, I thought it will be a good édition this year, like 2016 or 2019. But day by day I feel like you 🙁
This is really desperating

Tzs
Tzs
2 years ago
Reply to  Mi75

Same – my last time to watch NF y’ll

~Cinemato~
~Cinemato~
2 years ago
Reply to  Chris Malta

The stage itself is pretty bad itself. By that, I mean unpractical.

Tuvia
Tuvia
2 years ago

I read the article in Hebrew. With all due respect, the wiwi author of this article misunderstood completely. “the source’s comments suggest issues may have arisen surrounding Israeli politics.” No. The Hebrew said “politikot” – politics, as a common Israeli expression about pride issues between decision-makers, probably within Kan. It has nothing to do with Israeli politics. One commenter said “he really didn’t know there are always politikot?” And someone replied “remember that he’s pretty young.” My guess is that he’s for the first time exposed to how power struggles between executives stake out his destiny, and he’s not happy… Read more »

esc_fl
esc_fl
2 years ago
Reply to  Tuvia

That makes a lot more sense; thank you for this!

Azaad
Azaad
2 years ago

I highly doubt it’s due to politics, or else Michael wouldn’t have competed in the first place, unless they mean the politics of the broadcaster.

duxx
duxx
2 years ago

Oh Israel, pls stop being Ukraine.

James
James
2 years ago
Reply to  duxx

These are unverified reports though. Compared to Ukraine where we are Gettysburg ng information straight from the sources themselves.

James
James
2 years ago
Reply to  James

*we are getting…

Auto-correct strikes anew.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 years ago

It’s a rough patch but I hope things can work out. I don’t want another artist withdrawal after Ukraine.

Chris Malta
Chris Malta
2 years ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Good one

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 years ago

Well that’s vague. Thinking of withdrawing? Either go to Eurovision or do not go. There is no thinking about it. As for issues of dignity… teamwork matters. On the other hand, ask a certain band from Iceland if they represented their flag with dignity in 2019? 😀

hhhhurricane
hhhhurricane
2 years ago

Bullying works! 😀

no.
no.
2 years ago
Reply to  hhhhurricane

you’re a disgrace.

Illi
Illi
2 years ago
Reply to  no.

Why? Because he sings a song you hate? Go outside and touch some grass.

Illi
Illi
2 years ago
Reply to  hhhhurricane

Oh, what an achievement!!! smh

Doris
Doris
2 years ago

Smart decision to avoid the shame of being dead last ?

Gili
Gili
2 years ago
Reply to  Doris

will see about it, michael will finish top 10 mark my words

Ana
Ana
2 years ago

It’s funny that a 25yo guy that worked in a super market before the X factor, is now demanding creative freedom as if he’s Beyonce. Netta hated Toy, hated to tears, she said that many times. This delegation proved that it knows a thing or two about Eurovision, I don’t get why an unexperienced performer like Michael feels like he’s in some way more professional that people who won the contest not long ago.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 years ago
Reply to  Ana

Well the song itself is also quite a statement. I can understand not feeling 100% comfortable bringing that song when that’s not your personality. Also they are hit or miss. Kobi marimi had potential but home was going nowhere.

Ana
Ana
2 years ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

When a person goes to a competition like this, especially not an established artist, he should accept that things might not be 100% as he dreamed of. It’s still a great opportunity. He should have a talk with May Finegold or Moran Mazor, to see what a poor ESC delegation truly feels like. The Israeli delegation is in much better shape now, even if it’s not “perfect”.

Gili
Gili
2 years ago
Reply to  Ana

he doesnt want to be eden elena that had bad staging. he has a vision for the number and wants to do it in his own way, at the end he is the one that needs to stand behind his number. if the producers wont corporates with his vision and prevent things that he wants, im with him. i trust his instincts

Ana
Ana
2 years ago
Reply to  Gili

Every gay person in the world has a vision about every ESC entry ever. It’s irrelevant. It’s not his bar mitzvah, he can’t demand whatever he wants like a brat.

Ana
Ana
2 years ago
Reply to  Ana

Metumtemet, lechi habaita.

Ana
Ana
2 years ago
Reply to  Ana

It’s not “according to me” it’s according to facts. What exactly is his big stage experience outside X factor? “The right to speak up” is nice and all but in the end of the day it’s work. You don’t get to tell much more experienced people at your work place how to do their job, right? It will probably not work well. Here it’s the same thing. If Netta would get to sing whatever she wants she would probably not win. She understood that this whole Eurovision thing is bigger than ones person ego or artistic aspirations. It’s time for… Read more »

Aj22
Aj22
2 years ago

I see a few issues arising…
He could have been targeted or asked not to discuss gender/sexuality and the LGBTQIAA+ community has huge history of repression being a problem with media.
Or maybe from a music standpoint, he could have been shut out of the revamp process despite being promised to have a say.
Or lastly, he could have been treated horribly due to the delegation wanting a different winner and so are behaving unprofessional.

All are speculation but all are valid reasons to be dissatisfied and wanting to withdraw!

Jonas
Jonas
2 years ago
Reply to  Aj22

I doubt the first one is true. Israel gave us Dana International singing “Just the way you are” as an interval act only three years ago. The whole thing was so gay it drove Hungary out of the contest.

Casciano
Casciano
2 years ago
Reply to  Jonas

Hungary sent a stripper in 2016.

Darren
Darren
2 years ago
Reply to  Aj22

I doubt it very much if LGBTQI+ is the issue here considering most of Israel’s previous entries, including one of their previous winners is of the community.

When they hosted in 2019 they made it abundantly clear numerous times how friendly Tel Aviv and Israel was to the community.

Assi Azar who hosted in 2019 is also openly gay and married.

Very much doubt the issue was lgbt+ related.

Last edited 2 years ago by Darren
Ffgsg
Ffgsg
2 years ago
Reply to  Darren

Excactly
If it was Russia for example that would be an issue but Israel is gay friendly

Mr. Abbott
Mr. Abbott
2 years ago

He knows his song is not popular at this moment and he needs this drama to get some protagonism. Reminds me about something similar about Hovi Star at Moscow’s Airport.

Kåre Eriksen
Kåre Eriksen
2 years ago

Hopefully LPS are the next ones to withdraw

Tzs
Tzs
2 years ago
Reply to  Kåre Eriksen

Hahahah jajajajaj – same for Lithuanian gurlll or Maltease or Bulgaria

~Cinemato~
~Cinemato~
2 years ago
Reply to  Tzs

Come on, keep your poor music taste to yourself. Lithuania? Monika slays

Last edited 2 years ago by ~Cinemato~
Tzs
Tzs
2 years ago
Reply to  ~Cinemato~

I am young not 65 – do not like Lithunia at all and Its my opinion same like u have. So pls do not call my music taste poor – cause the song is not going to prevail Spotify at all … It is like it is – I do not like also Malta, Bulgaria, Latvia, N Macedonia, Slovenia, Israel and if Sweden send Anders – Sweden too 🙂 Like what do u expect? Everyone will like her song? Oh pls … grow up and move on gurl

Ffgsg
Ffgsg
2 years ago
Reply to  Tzs

Just because they have songs that you don’t like it doesn’t mean that they will withdraw in favour of haters

Tzs
Tzs
2 years ago
Reply to  Ffgsg

Withdrawal was in a joke moode – do not need to be sensitive …

Sebastian
Sebastian
2 years ago
  • Hi Michael, hi Michael Ben David, welcome to Turin. So, I have very… uncomfortable question to you: West bank is Palestine?
  • Israel, of course
  • Ok (clapping hands), ok….
Europotato
Europotato
2 years ago
Reply to  Sebastian

I am pissing myself laughing!!! ??????

Gili
Gili
2 years ago
Reply to  Sebastian

sorry, didnt get your point…politics makes you happy? well, ok…

raylee
raylee
2 years ago

Eli Huli – Blinded Dreamers for IL’22 ??

Vale
Vale
2 years ago

weird…Why these ambiguous justifications: because of the Israeli Eurovision delegation or Israel politics?

Azaad
Azaad
2 years ago
Reply to  Vale

It has to be the delegation because it’s not like the Israeli government suddenly changed. If Michael had a political issue he wouldn’t have entered the selection in the first place.

Anke
Anke
2 years ago

Drama queen…No surprise

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
2 years ago

This is nothing surprising. We could see last year that the artist is asked absolutely nothing and is just served the song and staging concept. They’re literally treated like a doll. I actually thought that he loves this song, he really seemed to enjoy it, but perhaps he realised it’s really bad or myb he always hated it. They should give him totally different song. There is still time.

Gili
Gili
2 years ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

its not the case, its about the production of the video clip and staging. he wants it to be in his way, which is excellent. artist without a vision is a none artist

Darren
Darren
2 years ago

Until there is concrete evidence that he’s pulling out of the Israeli delegation, I will just call this the media whipping up a storm, publicity and perhaps public support considering he wasn’t many people’s first choice.

The article just seems too vague for it to be something serious.
Perhaps something could be happening behind the scenes or whatever but at the moment I’m going to be sceptical about this.

Joe
Joe
2 years ago

I said it before and I’ll say it again: Israel just has to go back to a plain old national final where artists, established or not, all come in with the songs they intend to compete at Eurovision with. Don’t do this mix-and-match approach or do a gigantic marathon reality show just for the artist. I love Israel at Eurovision, but I think making the process less complicated will lead to fewer issues of this nature, where an artist feels funky about the actual creative process.

Joe
Joe
2 years ago
Reply to  Joe

Really, here’s what they should do: insulting though it might sound to a country that’s been in the contest many years longer than the other (though it shouldn’t), they should take San Marino’s lead in terms of selecting candidates. Have an open call for up-and-coming Israeli artists. They audition with the songs they want to compete at Eurovision with. Maybe this could even be broadcast! Do this in a couple of rounds to pick the 10 best. THEN, put them in a final with 10 established Israeli artists! Gives everyone a chance. The established artists don’t have to bother going… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
2 years ago
Reply to  Joe

Bring back KDAM, make it about the songwriters again.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 years ago

In all fairness I’d consider withdrawing too if the broadcaster handed me that song.

Last edited 2 years ago by Frisian esc
Jonas
Jonas
2 years ago

It’s hard to know what I think when I have no idea what this is about.

Alex
Alex
2 years ago

oh god so the article says nothing other than he might consider withdrawing for reasons we don’t know??? what’s his problem exactly? the Israeli Eurovision team or Israeli politics??

He’s a bit of a drama queen no?

If he wants to withdraw he better do it now so that he allows time for other acts to be selected before the deadline.

Jack
Jack
2 years ago

He is such a drama queen

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 years ago
Reply to  Jack

You know he issss

Im so fab
Im so fab
2 years ago

I love him and his song isn’t as bad as people say. Let’s hope everything will work for him. I don’t want any other song to withdraw. Especially the songs that are actually interesting and add some spice to the contest.

ales
ales
2 years ago

This is how Inbal can still go to turin:

Ffgsg
Ffgsg
2 years ago
Reply to  ales

If he actually withdraws I think she should go she was my winner anyway