The three songs that will be competing in the nations selection final to represent Israel at Eurovision 2021 will be revealed on January 3.
After eleven days of online voting, the votes are being tallied and the three finalists are being selected. Two of the three songs progressing to the final will be chosen entirely by online voting with one song being saved by a jury. The three songs will be revealed on January 3, with voting opening again to select the song Eden will perform in Rotterdam.
Nine songs competed in the first stage of the Israeli selection they were:
- Can’t Stop a Hurricane
- Coming Out
- La La Love
- Rise Up Today
- Set Me Free
- Spilling Magic
- Ue La La
Online voting will determine the Israeli entry for Eurovision 2021 with voting opening on January 3. The winner of the Israeli selection will be revealed in a special show titled “Our Song for Eurovision” which will be broadcast on January 25. At which point the persons behind the three final songs will be revealed.
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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.