Sixteen songs vying to represent Israel at Eurovision 2021 are set to be revealed in November according to Maariv.
Israel looks set to be the first country to reveal the songs that will be competing in their national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. Sixteen songs will be presented to the public all of which are being performed by their songwriters. The public will be invited to vote for their favourites with eight going through to the televised stages of the selection.
The eight songs in the selection will be split into two semi-finals featuring four songs each. The songs in the semi-finals will be performed by other artists, with the four songs making the final performed by Eden Alene.
The submissions window for the Israeli selection process has also been extended by 10 days. The submission window was due to close on October 5 but has been extended to October 15 due to COVID-19 restrictions in the country.
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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.