“Set Me Free” by Eden Alene is set to undergo a revamp ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in May.
EuroMix reports that the Israeli broadcaster has agreed to revamping the nations song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. The revamp has been agreed by KAN and follows comments following the selection of “Set Me Free” in January about the quality of the song.
Recording of the new version of the song is expected to commence in the next couple of days. The broadcaster is working towards the deadline of mid-March for all songs to be submitted to the European Broadcasting Union. The revamped song is not expected to be released until the second half of this month.
Eden will perform in the second half of the first semi-final on May 18th.
Who is Eden Alene?
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.
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. She will now be performing “Set Me Free” at the 2021 contest.
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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.