Israeli media has revealed more details regarding X Factor Israel, the nation’s Eurovision 2022 selection.
According to Israeli media reports, X Factor Israel will be judged by Israel’s last Eurovision winner Neta Barzilai, Aviv Geffen, Margalit Tsanani, Ran Danker and Miri Mesika.
Simon Cowell was due to be part of the Judging panel but will no longer take part. It has been speculated as to whether Simon withdrew from the show due to recent events in Israel. This show will be hosted by Liron Weizmann.
X Factor Israel was first broadcasted in 2013 and had seasons over the course of its initial run from 2013 to 2018. The last winner of X Factor Israel was Israel’s most recent Eurovision representative Eden Alene.
The selection of the X Factor Israel as the new Israeli selection means it is likely an extra program on KAN will be used to pick the song. It is still not known how this extra program on KAN will look. For The Next Star method for picking the singer’s song was changed many times.
Most years saw the song selected behind closed doors once a winner had been found while “The Next Star 2016” saw a special program used to pick a singer and a song. In the last year of The Next Star, winner Eden Alene had a show used to pick her song in 2020 and 2021.
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Israel debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1973, and were represented by Ilanit who finished in 4th place with the song “Ey Sham”. Their first victory came in 1978 with Izar Cohen and the Alphabeta. Israel won again the following year with Gali Atari & Milk and Honey. Israel’s third victory came in 1998 when Dana International performed “Diva” in Birmingham, beating Malta to victory in a tense voting sequence. Israel struggled in the contest during the early-2010s, failing to qualify for the final from 2011-2014. However since the HaKokhav HaBa selection process was introduced in 2015 Israel has seen its fortunes turned around. In 2018 Netta won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Toy”, the song has gone on to be the most viewed Eurovision entry of all time on YouTube.