On Sunday, reports emerged that Israel’s Eurovision 2022 pick Michael Ben David was contemplating withdrawing from the contest. However, national broadcaster KAN has swiftly knocked such speculation on the head by revealing that acclaimed stage director Marvin Dietmann will take charge of the X Factor winner’s stage show in Turin.
Marvin Dietmann confirmed as Israel’s artistic director for Eurovision 2022
In an Israeli Facebook group dedicated to Eurovision, KAN’s verified profile wrote: “Here’s an update! Marvin Dietmann will oversee the Israeli performance in Eurovision”. The statement continues “The Israeli delegation announced today that the international artistic director will oversee Michael Ben David’s performance on stage in Turin 2022. Dietmanm is a well-appreciated show director with great experience in everything Eurovision related.
In his rich resume you will find a number of years where the artistic director of the competition was or took part in other roles, and years in which he was held for different countries. Among other things, Dietmann signed the winning concert of Conchita in 2014. In the delegation, the choice is Dietmann based on his rich experience in Eurovision that speaks for itself, in a desire to reach the most professional result on the stage”. The postman ends with a selfie Dietman took while working at Eurovision 2019 in Israel.
Elsewhere in the Facebook group, KAN denied the rumours regarding Michael Ben David’s withdrawal. Responding to a fan, the broadcaster wrote: “Hey, these days Michael Ben David and the teams of Kan and Reshet 13 are working on the production of the directed number and the official video for the song I. M and confident that Michael will represent Israel respectfully on the biggest music stage in the world”.
Who is Marvin Dietmann?
Having been the artistic director of over 180 TV shows across Europe, Marvin Dietmann has a lot of experience under his belt. This includes a number of roles at Eurovision over the past decade.
In addition to staging Austria’s winning Eurovision entry in 2014 for Conchita Wurst, he was also behind their 2016 and 2018 entries – “Loin d’ici” by ZOË and “Nobody But You” by Cesár Sampson.
Beyond individual performances, the Austrian artistic director has also had other wider roles at Eurovision:
2019 – Assistant contest producer; Viewing room director
2018 – Stage director
2017 – Stage director; Assistant show and contest producer
2015 – Stage director
Most recently, at Eurovision 2021, he took charge of the staging for Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Spain.
Michael Ben David withdrawl rumours
Prior to KAN’s public denial, local media had reported that Michael Ben David, was 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”, was allegedly considering retiring from Eurovision due to “dissatisfaction with professional conduct”.
A source close to Michael told ynet that: “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 had expressed “dissatisfaction with professional conduct.” The details of this disagreement are unknown, however the source’s comments suggested issues may have arisen surrounding internal politics at broadcaster KAN.
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