4 songs competed in Saturday evening’s final of The X Factor Israel, each bringing with them the songs that they hoped to be heading to Eurovision with. However, only 1 of them could secure victory on the night, thereby claiming that ticket from the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv all the way to Turin. The artists in contention for that win were Sapir Saban, Inbal Bibi, Eli Huli and the eventual victor Michael Ben-David.
Israel’s entry to the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest was selected in 2 rounds. In the 1st round, our 4 finalists performed a cover song, with Sapir Saban being eliminated after the vote. In the 2nd round, our 3 remaining finalists then performed their potential Eurovision songs with the winner being selected by a combination of a public vote (50%) and 2 jury groups, 1 consisting of The X Factor Israel judges (including the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 winner Netta!) and another made up of a professional committee, with both contributing 25% of the vote.
In a fiercely close result, Michael Ben-David won over Eli Huli, with a 214 score to Eli’s 213.
It was a competitive evening of music and entertainment in Tel Aviv, which has put Michael Ben-David in good stead for the experience that lies ahead of them in Turin in May.