Doron Medalie, one of the composers of “Feker Libi”, has confirmed that he will not write the Israeli entry for Eurovision 2021.
Doron confirmed this news during the KAN Tarbut radio broadcast “Eurovision 2020 – The Results of Truth”. He was one of a number of guests invited on to the show, in which listeners could choose which of the 2020 entries would have won Eurovision. The listeners chose “Fai rumore” by Diodato from Italy as their favourite.
“I don’t think I’m going to write a song in any way next year. We worked with ( Idan ) Raichel on “Feker Libi”. It’s such a fun song, amazing and loved by a lot of people. I don’t think it’s mandatory. Who knows where we’ll be in a year?”
When asked on how “Feker Libi” would have fared in the contest, Doron replied:
“Top 5, no doubt. Because we made an overbearing performance and as we know the songs are very nice and there are a lot of things that happen around them as they are presented to the world through clips. Take Eleni Foureira from Cyprus, who was at the bottom of the betting odds and wasn’t on anyone’s mind until she went on stage for the first time.
On the same show, Zvika Pick, who wrote “Diva” the winning entry of Eurovision 1998, stated that he would be interested in wrting a song for next year:
“Why not? I love the Eurovision because it gave me the chance to me to write something new. I have a feeling I know what we need.“. When asked about the chances of “Feker Libi” in the contest he said: “The song would not have finished high on the scoreboard.”
Doron Medalie has composed three Israeli entries apart from “Feker Libi”; “Golden Boy” (2015), “Made of Stars” (2016) and the winning entry of Eurovision 2018 “Toy”.
Eden Alene was due to represent Israel at this year’s contest in Rotterdam with “Feker Libi”.
Source: Euromix / Image Source: Kfir Ziv
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.