Michael Ben David

Israeli singer (1996-)

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Michael Ben David
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Background information
Born (1996-07-26) 26 July 1996 (age 25)
OriginIsrael
Occupation(s)Singer
Years active2021–present

Michael Ben David (Hebrew: מיכאל בן דוד, IPA: [miχaˈʔel ben daˈvid]; born 26 July 1996) is an Israeli singer who will represent his country in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.[1] He will perform the song "I.M" in the second semifinal.

Life and career

Michael Ben David was born in 1996 as the second of six siblings, to a Georgian Jewish mother and father who immigrated to Israel from Ukraine.[2][3] He started taking voice lessons and studying dance under Israeli choreographer Oz Morag at a young age. He also worked as a singing waiter at a Tel Aviv bar. After completeing his mandatory military service he attended the Beit Zvi School of Performing Arts, which has produced a number of former Israeli Eurovision artists like Rita, Shiri Maimon, and Harel Skaat, graduating in 2020. During his time at the school, he acted in plays and musicals.

The X Factor Israel and Eurovision 2022

In October of 2021, Ben David auditioned for The X Factor Israel, which would be used to select Israel's representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. Following a successful audition, he was paired up with Eurovision winner and Israeli popstar Netta. During the show he performed a number of songs, including ABBA's "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)", Billie Eilish's "Idontwannabeyouanymore" and Pet Shop Boy's "It's a Sin". Ben David went on to win the final with his song "I.M" and will represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.[4]

Personal life

As of 2022, Ben David has been in a relationship with Roi Ram, whom he met while studying at Beit Zvi, for three years. The pair starred in a number of musicals together such as A Thousand and One Nights and King Solomon and Shlomo the Shoemaker, and the farce The Kitchen as well.[3] Ram is still working in the musical theater world, working on a 2022 tour of an adaptation of The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum.

References

  1. ^ "Michael Ben David will represent Israel at Eurovision 2022 with "I.M" after winning X Factor Israel". Wiwibloggs. 5 February 2022. Retrieved 5 February 2022.
  2. ^ https://m.jpost.com/israel-news/culture/article-695679/amp
  3. ^ a b Carter, William (13 February 2022). "Israel: Five Things to Know About Michael Ben David". ESCUnited. Retrieved 14 December 2021.
  4. ^ Carter, William (5 February 2022). "The Chosen People's Chosen Person is…Michael Ben David!". ESCUnited. Retrieved 14 December 2021.
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