At the beginning of this week the Israeli delegation posted a message online in which they state that their delegation will not travel to Turin to be present live during this year’s contest due to a strike of the Israeli security that guarantees the safety of the delegation. Next to this, there were also statements that they might compete in a different kind of way.
What is the plan?
At the moment the delegation is looking into alternative ways to guarantee the security of the Israeli delegation to be present in Turin. Following the statement of the Israeli Eurovision Song Contest delegation governed by the IPBC (Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation), the GSS (General Security Services) is looking into other options to guarantee the safety of the Israeli delegation. Both the IPBC and GSS are meeting each other to come up with solid solutions.
Another option, in case the delegation cannot be represented live, is the admission of a live-on-tape performance by the Israeli delegation. Live-on-tape performances are “live”, but pre-recorded in a studio where at least one member of the EBU is present to see whether all the requirements of a live-on-tape performance are being met.
Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022
This year Israel will be represented by singer Michael Ben-David. He was selected to represent Israel after winning the fourth season of the talent show “X-Factor” in Israel.
Israel will perform second in the second Semi-final on May 12th 2022.
Eurovision Song Contest 2022
This year’s Eurovision Song Contest will take place on May 10th (Semi-final 1), 12th (Semi-final 2), and on the 14th (Grand Final) in Turin, Italy.