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The Road to Eurovision 2022: Michael Ben David (Israel)

It’s April and we have less than 60 days till the annual Eurovision contest that will happen next month. Get excited! If you don’t know what Eurovision is, I wrote a detailed post about the contest a couple of years ago. I am back with my series “Road to Eurovision”, predicting who will win this year’s contest. Each day, I will feature a song from one of the countries. Then, I will make my own predictions of who will make it to the finals and win the competition. Good luck to those who are competing!

You can check out my commentaries on past years:

2021 | 2019 | 2016

Let’s get started!

Michael Ben David’s “I.M”

Suddenly, I have no revenge. I’m sure those who threw me in the trash do not remember me either. Revenge is not the story. I went through a crazy way, I went through a process with myself.

Michael Ben David is representing Israel in this year’s Eurovision with the song “I.M”. The song was inspired by the artist7 childhood where he was bullied for having a high-pitched voice and being in a rough relationship with his mom when he came out gay. Even his stepfather told him to not behave like a girl by singing. The artist would accept himself gradually and even forgave those who mocked him. And that is where “I.M” comes into play as it is a song that has lyrics to encourage inner strength and being empowered.

“I.M” has a lot of soul, sass, and talent that makes this track a banger. Michael Ben David brings a diverse range of vocals and vocal agility, showing off that soulful range in the beginning with those slick, sassy raps in the verses. But, the best part is the verse with empowering lyrics and catchy riffs. I also like how this song infuses traditional Israeli instruments with modern dance-pop sounds. “I.M” is a banger but also an inspiration that will make it to the finals!

My Eurovision 2021 Predictions

Here are my predictions for this year’s contest. These are my own opinions and I am not getting paid or endorsed for them.

First Round

(Note: I changed my prediction for Intelligent Music Project after a week of thinking about the song. I think they will be going to the finals as the song grew on me.)

CountryMy Prediction
Ronela Hajati (Albania)Finals!
Citi Zēni (Latvia)Finals!
Monika Liu (Lithuania)Will Not Go Through
Marius Bear (Switzerland)Will Not Go Through
Last Pizza Slice (Slovenia)Will Not Go Through
Kalush Orchestra (Ukraine)Finals!
Intelligent Music Project (Bulgaria)Finals!
S10 (the Netherlands)Finals!
Zdob și Zdub and Frații Advahov (Moldova)Will Not Go Through
Maro (Portugal)Finals!
Mia Dimšić (Croatia)Will Not Go Through
Reddi (Denmark)Finals!
Lumix featuring Pia Maria (Austria)Will Not Go Through
Systur (Iceland)Finals!
Amanda Tenfjord (Greece)Finals!
Subwoolfer (Norway)Finals!
Rosa Linn (Armenia)Will Not Go Through

Second Round

CountryMy Prediction
the Rasmus (Finland)Will Not Go Through
Michael Ben David (Israel)Finals!

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Michael Ben David's "I.M"

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