The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 40 competing songs in Eurovision 2022. Next we review Israel, who have chosen Michael Ben David with “I.M”.
Were we onboard for the ride? Read on to find out!
Michael Ben David – “I.M” (Israel Eurovision 2022)
Review: Michael Ben David – “I.M”
Ron: I really enjoy this song and performance, yet for me it’s more a performance to watch rather than a song to listen to. But then again, Eurovision is all about performances and not just radio songs. “I.M” is a great empowerment anthem of self-confidence and self-belief. Whether you’re gay, straight, asexual or whatever, every one will identify with it in his/her own way. Michael is such a great performer – he can sing, dance and act so well and he is selling this song very well. I prefer the original version over the revamp but it’s still so much fun. Even the song’s haters will agree that it does stands out in the field of Eurovision 2022.
Natalie: Part of me likes to imagine that Michael really wanted to bring an inspirational self-empowerment song for the queer community. But most of me thinks he just has no self-awareness. I appreciate that he likes to have fun. I like the ethnic elements crammed into this song. But, no, I’m happy staying off the dance floor while this one is on, thanks.
Pablo: I M trying too hard. Israel made this into an enjoyable, fun track, but it just feels too heavy-handed and in-your-face, trying so hard to be taken for more than it is. The flute breakdown is a nice addition, but the introduction feels cheap and, as a whole, “I.M” feels disjointed and a bit hollow. This could have been done in a different way, but as it is, it’s tough to really get into this track, and Israel’s constant qualification streak could be in danger.
Jonathan: I.M what I.M, and that includes being someone who watches a fair amount of RuPaul’s Drag Race and has songs from the show in a playlist to provide a sassy boost on the way to work. The original version of “I.M” was very much geared towards a similar breed of people with inner divas. The revamp hasn’t quite reached the same heights – the folk riff added into the chorus seemingly comes out of nowhere and some of the bite has been lost. But there’s enough drama in the verses to let the diva loose momentarily and vogue the house down.
Tom: I love “I.M” for exactly 20 seconds. It has a huge start with a big band feel and I am up for it! Then, I can’t stand it. When a song is not for you it’s not for you. It’s oddly annoying, his voice is grating, and the music is all over the place. Plus, the intermittent laughing is just a tad too creepy for me. All in all, just not for me. But I conclude by predicting that Michael will have something big and crazy for Turin lined up which I am excited by – if he can go.
Israel Eurovision 2022 ranking
In the Eurovision 2022 Wiwi Jury, we have 18 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 1.5 and a high of 8.5.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 5.56/10
What do you think of Israel’s Eurovision 2022 entry? Share your own score and review for Michal Ben David’s “I.M” below!