Eurovision World reports that Eden Alene will not be travelling to the Netherlands to film her postcard for Eurovision.
A member of the Israeli delegation has informed Eurovision World that Eden Alene will not be travelling to the Netherlands to film her postcard. The delegation has taken the decision due to coronavrius, which also saw the delegation not attend today’s Heads of Delegation meeting in Rotterdam. The Israeli government has decreed that anyone entering the country must be able to self-quarantine for two weeks.
Eden Alene was chosen to represent Israel last month after winning HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizyon. She will be representing Israel at Eurovision 2020 with the song “Feker libi”. The song was written by Idan Raichel, who appeared as part of the interval during the final of Eurovision 2020, and Doron Medalie, who wrote “Toy”, the winning entry of Eurovision 2018. “Feker Libi” is the first Israeli entry since 2014 to feature Hebrew lyrics, the second Israeli entry to feature Arabic lyics and the first ever Eurovision entry to feature Amharic lyrics.
Eden will perform in the second half of the first semi-final on May 12.
Source: Eurovision World
Israel debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1973, and were represented by Ilanit who finished in 4th place with the song “Ey Sham”. Their first victory came in 1978 with Izar Cohen and the Alphabeta. Israel won again the following year with Gali Atari & Milk and Honey. Israel’s third victory came in 1998 when Dana International performed “Diva” in Birmingham, beating Malta to victory in a tense voting sequence. Israel struggled in the contest during the early-2010s, failing to qualify for the final from 2011-2014. However since the HaKokhav HaBa selection process was introduced in 2015 Israel has seen its fortunes turned around. In 2018 Netta won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “Toy”, the song has gone on to be the most viewed Eurovision entry of all time on YouTube.