The second artist to feature in our Who Is series for the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest is Eden Alene from Israel.
Eden Alene was born on May 7 2000 in Jerusalem to Ethiopian Jewish parents. Her parents separated when she was two and she has not had contact with her father since. She is currently serving as a member of a military band of the Israeli Defence Forces.
In January 2018, she won the third season of X Factor Israel. Later that year, she performed at the official celebration of the 70th anniversary of Israeli independence. In December 2018, she released her debut single “Better”. Ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, she released a cover of “Save Your Kisses For Me”, the winning song of Eurovision 1976. In March 2019, she released her second solo single “When It Comes to You”. Later in 2019, she also took part in an Israeli production of Little Shop of Horrors. She currently lives in Kiryat Gat in southern Israel.
Before its cancellation, Eden was selected to represent her country at the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest. She was to sing “Feker libi”, a song in English, Amharic, Arabic, and Hebrew.
Not long after the announcement of the cancellation, Israeli broadcaster KAN confirmed that Eden would sing for the country at the 2021 contest. Her song was selected through HaShir Shelanu L’Eurovizion, a national final consisting of nine potential entries. After two rounds of voting, these were whittled down to just three. The public voted on their favourite song, and in the end, “Set Me Free” was selected.
The Israeli broadcaster decided to revamp the nation’s Eurovision entry following feedback after the nation’s selection in January. This revamped version of “Set Me Free” was one of the last songs of Eurovision 2021 to be released, with the video being uploaded on Mar 26.
Eden will perform in the second half of the first semi-final on May 18th.
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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.