KAN has changed the Israeli selection process for Eurovision 2021 dropping live shows and using an online only selection.
EuroMix reports that the Israeli public broadcaster has changed its selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest. Having previously planned to hold both an online and televised selection, the broadcaster has now dropped the majority of the televised shows. The news has caused frustration with songwriters who submitted songs based on the original set of rules.
KAN informed EuroMix that they had assessed all of the songs submitted into the selection and selected ten songs to go through to the next stage of the selection. This is six songs fewer than previously announced.
These ten songs will be uploaded onto an online platform from which the Israeli public will be invited to vote for their favourite. Two songs out of the ten will go through to the next stage, with one song being saved by a jury to go through to the final. The online vote will be repeated to determine Eden’s song for Rotterdam.
A special show titled ‘Our Song for Eurovision’ will be broadcast in late January or early February. At which point the persons behind the three final songs will be revealed. The song that Eden Alene will perform at Eurovision 2021 will be announced during the show.
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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.