I.M (song)

2021 song by Michael Ben David

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The official cover for "I.M"
Single by Michael Ben David
Released30 January 2022
  • 3:00 (original version)
  • 2:43 (ESC version)
Eurovision Song Contest 2022 entry
  • Chen Aharoni
  • Lidor Saadia
  • Asi Tal
Entry chronology
◄ "Set Me Free" (2021)

"I.M" is a song by Israeli singer Michael Ben David. The song will represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 after winning The X Factor Israel, Israel's national final.[1] A revamped version of the song was released on 14 March 2022.[2]


"I.M" is inspired by Ben David's childhood, and carries a message of having inner strength, with the empowering lyrics in the song. As a child, Ben David had suffered bullying for singing in a high-pitched voice,[3] and a tumultuous relationship with his mother for being gay.[4] His stepfather told him not to tease, not to speak loudly, and not to sing as according to his stepfather, "that's how girls behave."[5] Eventually, Ben David would give his mother an ultimatum, saying that he would not come to any family gatherings if his partner could not come.[6] He would begin to accept himself afterwards for who he was, and forgave those who had bulled him, saying that "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.[7]

Eurovision Song Contest

The X Factor Israel

The Israeli entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 was selected through the fourth season of the reality singing competition The X Factor Israel.[8] The shows were hosted by Liron Weizman [he] and featured a judging panel composed of Margalit Tzan'ani and Miri Mesika (Groups and Over 25's), Aviv Geffen (Girls), Eurovision Song Contest 2018 winner Netta Barzilai (Boys) and Ran Danker (Teens). The competition took place over three months, which commenced on 30 October 2021 and concluded on 5 February 2022.

Following the audition phase of the competition, 33 contestants advanced after receiving a "yes" from at least four of the five judges. During the Judge Houses and Chairs phase, each member of the judging panel selected from each of their categories four out of eight/nine contestants that advanced from the audition phase. The sixteen remaining contestants then competed during the live shows, which took place over six weeks and resulted in the selection of four finalists following the fifth week. The four finalists were: Eli Huli, Inbal Bibi, Michael Ben David and Sapir Saban.

The final took place on 5 February 2022. The winner was selected in two rounds. In the duel round, the four finalists were divided into two duels and each performed a cover song. Two entries progressed forward to the final round, while the two others faced each other off in another duel, which picked the third participant of the final round. In the final round, the three finalists that advanced from the duel round presented their candidate Eurovision entries chosen through the song selection round.[9] The winner was selected by a combination of the votes from a public vote (50%) and two jury groups consisting of The X Factor Israel 2022 judges (25%) and the professional committee (25%).[10]

"I.M" would move on directly to the final, scoring 65 points in second. In the final, the song would win a close battle against Eli Huli's "Blinded Dreamers", finishing just one point above the song with 214 points, winning the contest.[11]

Eurovision Song Contest 2022

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big Five" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 25 January 2022, an allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Israel has been placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 12 May 2022, and has been scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.[12]


Chart performance for "I.M"
Chart (2022) Peak
Israel (Media Forest)[13] 13


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  2. ^ Granger, Anthony (14 March 2022). "🇮🇱 Israel: Revamped "I.M" Released". Eurovoix. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  3. ^ staff, T. O. I. "Michael Ben David to represent Israel at Eurovision 2022". Times of Israel. Retrieved 16 February 2022.
  4. ^ ""בגלל הקול שלי התעללו בי בילדות, זרקו אותי לפח, היכו אותי. שנים לא הוצאתי הגה" - וואלה! תרבות". וואלה! (in Hebrew). 2 January 2022. Retrieved 16 February 2022.
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  7. ^ ""אני, הילד הדחוי שחטף מכות, הפכתי לנציג ישראל באירוויזיון. קשה להאמין" - וואלה! תרבות". וואלה! (in Hebrew). 6 February 2022. Retrieved 16 February 2022.
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  9. ^ Carter, William (5 February 2022). "The Chosen People's Chosen Person is … Michael Ben David!". ESCUnited. Retrieved 5 February 2022.
  10. ^ "אירוויזיון 2022: גמר אקס פקטור יתקיים ב- 5 בפברואר - אירוויזיון 2022" [Eurovision 2022: The X Factor final will take place on February 5th]. EuroMix (in Hebrew). 20 January 2022. Retrieved 20 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Eurovision 2022: Israel's Entry Will Be Michael Ben David's 'I.M'". Haaretz. Retrieved 16 February 2022.
  12. ^ "Eurovision 2022: Which Semi-Final is your country performing in? 🇮🇹". Eurovision.tv. EBU. 25 January 2022. Retrieved 25 January 2022.
  13. ^ "Media Forest Week 7, 2022". Israeli Airplay Chart. Media Forest. Retrieved 12 February 2021.
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