Eurovision: Israel's Michael Ben David won't perform live in Turin

Michael Ben David may not be able to perform I.M live in Turin due to strikes in his native Israel and concerns over security protocols.
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Israel's participation in Eurovision 2022 will not be able to perform live in Turin, Italy due to strikes and safety concerns.

Michael Ben David was due to fly to Italy for a live Eurovision semi-final and perform the cheeky track I.M, but it has now been confirmed that he will not be able to attend Eurovision in person.

Israel's foreign ministry is currently on strike over a dispute over working conditions in the country. This makes it difficult to confirm services inherited from the ministry, such as security.

KAN Eurovision Israel, which edits Israel's Eurovision entry, issued a statement to Twitter confirming that Michael Ben David will not be performing live in Turin "for now."

Effective immediately, the Israeli delegation will not participate in Eurovision in Turin as a strike by the foreign ministry affects security protocols. – KAN Eurovision Israel, 12 April 2022

"Due to the strike by the foreign ministry," it said, "which affects security protocols, the Israeli delegation will not immediately participate in the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin."

In the official semi-final running order announcement, Michael Ben-David will be the second performer for the second live semi-final on May 12. It is not yet certain whether Israel will participate in Eurovision in other ways.

Following Maneskin's win last year, Eurovision 2022 will take place in Turin, Italy, from May 10-14 this year.

Sam Ryder will represent the UK at Eurovision 2022 with the song Space Man. Sam was selected after an extensive search by TaP Music, which covered the careers of Lana Del Rey and Dermot Kennedy.

Space Man is also some of the music industry heavyweights; Amy Wadge, Max Wolfgang and producer Koz. More information about Sam Ryder can be found here.

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