The final versions of the three songs vying to represent Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 will be revealed on January 18.
KAN has announced that the three songs that made it through to the final of HaShir HaBa L’Eurovizion, received 45.4% of the online vote. The three songs that were selected for the final were the two songs that received the highest online vote and the song that received the highest jury score.
The final versions of “La La Love”, “Set Me Free” and “Ue La La” will be revealed on January 18. On January 19, voting will open to chose the Israeli entry for Rotterdam, with the final results revealed during HaShir HaBa L’Eurovizion on January 25.
KAN also revealed the percentage of the vote received by each of the eliminated songs:
- 4th – Shoulders – 12.1%
- 5th – Spilling Magic – 10.4%
- 6th – Can’t Stop A Hurricane – 8/9%
- 7th – Flying – 8.7%
- 8th – Coming Out – 7.3%
- 9th – Rise Up Today – 7.2%
Photo: Eurovision.tv / Source: ESC Portugal
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.