Israel: Eden Alene to sing “Set Me Free” at Eurovision 2021
Israel has decided! The nation’s Eurovision hopeful, Eden Alene, will take to the stage next May in Rotterdam Ahoy performing the song “Set Me Free”
We have our second Eurovision 2021 entry determined as Israel selected the nation’s ESC 2021 song. Eden Alene ambitions to bring Israel’s 5th Eurovision trophy in Rotterdam by singing next May in Rotterdam the song “Set Me Free” . The Israeli briadcaster after last year’s cancellation of the contest due to the covid-19 pandemic decide to give Eden a second chance to complete her Eurovision journey in 2021.
In order to find the appropriate entry for Eden , KAN decided to hold the song selection ‘HaShir HaBa L’Eurovizion’ (Our song for Eurovision), making an open call to songwriters and composers. After receiving a total of 220 submissions a special committee shortlisted 9 songs which were uploaded to a digital interface and from them the public chose two songs, and the committee added one more song.
The three songs went into a new round online voting the result of which was revealed tonight during the special broadcast of ‘HaShir HaBa L’Eurovizion’ (Our song for Eurovision). The show was hosted by ESC 2019 presenter, Lucy Ayoub.
The three songs we saw compete tonight were:
- LA LA LOVE
- SET ME FREE
- UE LA LA
Eventually “Set Me Free” received the most votes in the online voting and will travel to Rotterdam next May with Eden Alene defending the Israeli colors at Eurovision 2021. The songs conveys a strong message of freedom and relief, when you let your heart go. A message of freedom in a love song but the title of which speaks to the whole world at the moment after the ongoing lockdowns due to the covid-19 pandemic.
A FEW WORDS FOR EDEN ALENE
Alene was born in Jerusalem to parents who immigrated from Ethiopia. In October 2017, she participated in the third season of Israeli reality show The X Factor Israel. At the first audition, she sang “Stone Cold” by Demi Lovato. In January 2018 she won the season finale.
In 2018 she released her firsr single entitled “Better” while in 2019 followed two more singles, the cover single“Save Your Kisses for Me” and secondly“When It Comes to You”
Last year the Eden won the HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion talent show , the format chosen to determine the Israeli Eurovision 2020 hopeful. In a song national final the song “Feker Libi” was selected as Eden’s entry for Rotterdam. Unfortunately the cancellation of the contest interrupted Eden’s Eurovision journey .
However Eden Alene will have the chance to reach her Eurovision destination next May performing in Rotterdam the song “Set Me Free”.