About 130 songs will take part in the process of choosing Israel’s participation in Eurovision 2022, which will be selected through the X Factor format.
As it has been known for months, X Factor will be the successor to Rising Star as the format of choice for the artist who will represent Israel in Eurovision 2022 in Turin next May.
Exclusive information from Euromix states that only 130 songs were submitted to the committee that will select the eight songs, which will be performed by the final four that will compete for the ticket to Italy. This is the smallest number from 2018 onwards. 220 songs participated in last year’s selection, 250 in the 2020 one and 200 in that of 2019.
IPBC officials believe that the number of songs is explained by the strict requirements they have set, as well as the ignorance of the creators about the contestants who will perform their songs.
This was the reason why they invited the creators during the semifinals, in order to get to know the artists. Nevertheless, their response was small, as only ten of them watched the semifinals that have already been filmed.
The song submission process was completed this morning, one month after its official opening on September 19th. The 130 songs submitted will be examined by a panel of 11 people.
This committee will assign two songs to each of the four finalists of the X Factor grand final. In the first phase, one of the two songs of each finalist will be selected through the voting of the audience and the jury.
The song that will be selected will be the one with which each participant will claim the representation of Israel for Eurovision 2022. Four songs and four artists will compete in the X Factor Grand Final. Then, the audience and the jury will jointly choose the artist and the song who will represent the country in Turin.
We remind you that the popular talent show will be presented by Liron Weizman. According to domestic media, X Factor Israel judges will include Netta Barzilai, Aviv Geffen, Margalit Tzan’ani, Ran Danker and Miri Mesika.
Israel was represented by Eden Alene in Eurovision 2021 with the song Set Me Free, finishing 17th in the grand final on May 22nd.