The final versions of the three songs competing in HaShir HaBa L’Eurovizion have been leaked.
Originally, KAN had planned to release the final versions on January 18, ahead of the voting opening the next day. However, the final versions were leaked today by Israel Hayom. You can listen to all three songs here.
The voting is still planned to begin on January 19. The results of the voting will be revealed during HaShir HaBa L’Eurovizion on January 25, where one of the three entries will be chosen as the Israeli entry for Rotterdam. The writers behind each of the three entries will also be revealed during the show.
Eden won the right to represent Israel in Eurovision 2020 after winning HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion 2020. A seperate national final called HaShir HaBa L’Eurovizion 2020 was organised afterwards to select the song that Eden would sing in the contest. Eden performed four songs and the winning song was chosen by a combination of a professional jury and public voting. “Feker libi” finished second in the jury vote and first in the public vote. After the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, Eden was internally selected by KAN to represent Israel at Eurovision 2021 instead.
Photo Source: Eurovision.tv / Source: Israel Hayom
Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.