The twenty fourth artist in our Who Is series for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 is Eden Alene from Israel.
Eden Alene was born on May 7 2000 in Jerusalem to Ethiopian Jewish parents. Her parents seperated when she was two and she has not had contact with her father since. She is currently serving a member of a military band of the Israeli Defence Forces.
In January 2018, she won the third season of X Factor Israel. Later that year, she performed at the official celebration of the 70th anniversary of Israeli independence. In December 2018, she relased her debut single “Better”. Ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, she released a cover of “Save Your Kisses For Me”, the winning song of Eurovision 1976. In March 2019, she released her second solo single “When It Comes to You”. Later in 2019, she also took part in an Israeli production of Little Shop of Horrors. She currently lives in Kiryat Gat in southern Israel.
The song that Eden will perform in Rotterdam is called “Feker libi” (ፍቅር ልቤ – My love). The song contains lyrics in English, Amharic, Arabic and Hebrew. This is the first Israeli entry since 2014 to contain Hebrew lyrics, the first Israeli entry since 2009 to contain Arabic lyrics and the first ever Eurovision entry to contain Amharic lyrics. It was written and composed by Idan Raichel and Doron Medalie. Idan appeared as part of the interval act during the final of Eurovision 2019, while Doron composed “Toy”, the winning entry of Eurovision 2018.
Eden won the right to represent Israel in Rotterdam after winning HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion 2020. A seperate national final called HaShir HaBa L’Eurovizion 2020 was organised afterwards to select the song that Eden would sing in Rotterdam. Eden performed four songs and the winning song was chosen by a combination of a professional jury and public voting. “Feker libi” finished second in the jury vote and first in the public vote.
Eden will perform in the second half of the first semi-final on May 12.
Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.