Around 220 songs have been submitted into the Israeli selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
EuroMix reports that around 220 songs were submitted for Eden Alene to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. The number of songs is around 30 lower than 2020, however is up on the 200 in 2019 and 130 in 2018 that KAN received.
The Israeli broadcaster will now be assessing the 220 songs to select just 16 to go through to the next round. The 16 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 8 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.
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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.