KAN has revealed it will be holding a sixteen song national selection to select the song that Eden Alene will perform at Eurovision 2021.
The Israeli public broadcaster has revealed in a tender document the format of the nations selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. A sixteen song national selection will be held over three stages to select Eden’s song for the contest in Rotterdam.
Israeli songwriters will be invited to submit their songs into the national selection, with a committee selecting sixteen to go through to the next stage. In this stage all sixteen songs will be made available online with eight selected to go through to the live shows. Four songs are selected by a committee and four by the public.
Two semi-finals featuring four songs each will then be held. From each semi final two songs will be selected to go through to the final round. Of note is that Eden may not perform the songs in the semi-final, instead the songwriters or another performer may perform the song.
In the final the four qualifying songs will be performed by Eden Alene, with the winning song going to be performed at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
The selection is likely to be held before mid-February as the KAN document states that the recording of the final song and production of video clip must be completed by mid-February.
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.