Eden Alene has performed a farewell concert ahead of her participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
Eden Alene has given her first live performance of “Set Me Free” as part of a farewell concert before Eurovision 2021. She returned to DCity – where she originally filmed the video clip for the song “Set Me Free”, for a live show in which she performed acoustic versions of the song “Set Me Free” among other songs. She commented that:
“I am happy and excited that the moment has finally come. After the cancellation of last year’s Eurovision and all the difficulties along the way there were moments when I thought the Eurovision Song Contest will be canceled again and it feels great to be able to stand on the big stage in Rotterdam and represent Israel in the best way”.
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.