Israel will be one of the last countries to film their backup performance for Eurovision 2021, with the filming set to take place on March 25.
The Israeli backup performance for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 is set to take place on March 25 according to EuroMix. The Israeli recording will take place one day before the deadline for all backup performances to have been recorded and submitted to the European Broadcasting Union.
The late date of the Israeli filming is likely as a result of the broadcaster opting to revamp its song for this year’s contest. The team behind Eden’s Eurovision performance was revealed yesterday you can find out more here.
To date the following countries have publicly confirmed that their backup performance has been filmed:
- Austria – Vienna, Austria
- Denmark – Copenhagen, Denmark
- Estonia – Tallinn, Estonia
- Germany – Vilnius, Lithuania
- Lithuania – Vilnius, Lithuania
- North Macedonia – Belgrade, Serbia
- Norway – Oslo, Norway
- Portugal – Lisbon, Portugal
- Serbia – Belgrade, Serbia
- Spain – Madrid, Spain
Like all 40 acts, Eden Alene will beable to rehearse for as long as she wishes for her backup tape performance. However, only three attempts over the course of one hour are given for the filming of the performance which is monitored by the EBU. The participating country can choose which is the three performances is to be used.
Video recordings from all cameras, as well as all audio recordings from mics, are sent immediately to the EBU so that they cannot be tampered with. Each act is filmed as if this was a live show, meaning the performance is one continuous take. The EBU has explained that the backup performance does not need to resemble the live performance in May.
This year all 40 acts will need to film a backup performance as part of the many contingency measures the EBU has put in place to ensure the song contest can happen in May no matter what.
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.
Image Source: Eurovision.tv | Source: EuroMix
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.