It has been announced that, due to continuing restrictions in Israel, Eden Alene will not perform her songs live in the Israeli National Selection.
KAN have, once again unveiled a new format for the Israeli national selection HaShir HaBa L’Eurovizion (“Our Song For Eurovision 2021”). The selection process has undergone a plethera of changes as the country continues to make their best efforts to hold a national final, despite the ongoing global pandemic.
In this latest format, rather than Eden performing live, the music videos for each song will be broadcast instead. Intertwined with these will be interviews with the composers, and videos documenting Eden meeting each composer for the first time.
There are three songs in the selection; “La La Love”, “Ue La La” and “Set Me Free”. The selection will be made 100% by the Israeli public, with the online voting process set to open on Tuesday. On this day a short programme will be broadcast, showing the videoclips for each song, before the final show revealing the result on Saturday 25th January.
KAN have not announced when we will first get to see a live performance of the chosen entry for Israel.
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.
Source: Euromix.co.il (In Hebrew) // Image Source: Eurovision.tv
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.