EuroMix is reporting that the Israeli entry for Eurovision 2022 will be chosen during the final of The X Factor Israel.
IPBC, the Israeli national broadcaster, will announce a call for Israeli composers to submit songs to represent Israel at Eurovision 2022. The best songs will be performed by the final quartet in the “X Factor” final, from which the song and the representative will be chosen for the competition. The songs, which will be selected by a professional committee, will be performed in the final of The X Factor Israel, which is expected to take place in January.
The rules of the selection include the following:
- All songwriters and composers must be citizens of Israel.
- The songwriters must be registered with ACUM (Association of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers in Israel) or similar associations abroad.
- Each artist will be able to submit up to two songs.
- There is no restriction on the language of the song.
- Songs must not have been made public or performed in public before October 17.
- The artists competing in The X Factor Israel will also be able to submit a song.
- Songs can be submitted in two versions: a general version which has not been written for a particular artist, or an artist version which has been written for a specific artist. The committee will listen to all the songs and select for each artist competing in the grand final a number of suitable songs.
- If the committee does not find suitable songs for the competing artists, the committee may decide to publish another call, initiate an appeal to certain composers, select a recognised song released publicly after September 1 or select songs from songs submitted to the corporation in the previous three years (for Eurovision 2019- 2021).
- The Public Broadcasting Corporation reserves the right to demand changes to the song, corrections and improvements in lyrics and processing.
- The songs can be submitted from September 19 to October 17 at 11:00 AM. After the submission period, the songs will be reviewed by a professional committee that will include six members, including Ofri Gopher, the director of IPBC’s music radio stations, three radio representatives, a television representative and a representative from Reshet 13.
The first semi-final of The X Factor Israel will be filmed in advance and broadcast on Reshet 13, during which the final four contestants will be selected. The songwriters and composers will be able to come to this program to get to know the contestants and will have to sign a confidentiality agreement to prevent the results from being leaked. Another semi-final will be broadcast later on KAN 11, where each contestant who made it to the final four will perform two original songs selected for them by the professional committee that listened to the submitted songs. Of the two songs, one song per artist will qualify for the final.
In the final, which will be broadcast on Reshet 13, each finalist will perform the song that qualified for the final. The winning contestant will represent Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Italy.
The X Factor is expected to commence in October with Reshet 13 to announce the exact date shortly. The judging panel for the show will include Eurovision 2018 winner Netta, alongside Ran Danker, Miri Mesika, Aviv Geffen and Margalit Tzan’ani.
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Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.