Israel: With Eden Alene at Eurovision 2021

Following the official cancellation of this year’s contest in Rotterdam, many countries are already in a hurry to give their anchor for 2021 early this year.

Ten countries have already made that decision, including this year’s organizer The Netherlands and Greece, so they want to give their artists the chance to finally be on the scene one year later.

Israel is on the list of those countries today. The country’s public broadcaster, KAN, announced recently that due to the spread of the killer virus in Europe, this year’s country’s representative , Eden Alene, will represent Israel at the competition next year.

“We will win. This time, the song will be even better”, as she stated herself.

Eden Alene was informed of the cancellation of the airing contest she was invited to and could not hold back her tears as you can see in the video below.

Israel: Listen to the final version of Eden Alene’s “Feker Libi”

With her “HaKokhav Haba L’Eurovizion 2020″ victory, Eden Alene took the anchor and will represent Israel at Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam. Soon after, Israel’s broadcaster KAN set up a campus of composers attended by the country’s top creators. On February 13th the titles and the composers of the four candidate songs for Eden were made public, while on February 27th we listened to these four songs.

Through “The Next Song to Eurovision”, Eden Alene presented the four candidate songs. Lucy Ayoub, one of last year’s contestants in Tel Aviv, hosted the show. At the end of the night, the winning song was “Feker Libi” and Eden Alene will travel to Rotterdam to represent Israel.

Shortly thereafter, the final version of this year’s Israeli entry was released, just as we will listen to on the semifinal night.

Listen to the revamp of “Feker Libi” below:

Israel: Eden Alene will not travel to the Netherlands for postcard filming

Under the shadow of the coronavirus, today’s annual meeting of the Heads of Delegations participating in the 65th Eurovision Song Contest is taking place in Rotterdam.

The coronavirus is increasingly “touching” the preparations  for 65th Eurovision. The Israeli delegation during the meeting informed that the country’s envoy would not travel to the Netherlands to shoot the postcard. Cause, of course, the COVID-19 surge. So there is a big headache about Israel’s postcard. It is possible to either change the project in general or create a postcard without the physical presence of Eden Alene!

During the meeting each country has a representative who is informed about the upcoming Eurovision. The meeting also marks the official deadline for submitting each country’s participation.

Israel: Tonight, “The Next Song to Eurovision” | Which song will be selected for Eden Alene?

On February 4, the winner of the HaKokhav Haba L’Eurovizion 2020 was Eden Alene. Soon after, Israel’s national broadcaster, KAN set up a campus of composers attended by the country’s top creators. On February 13th the titles and the composers of the four candidate songs for Eden were made public, while on February 27th we listen to these four songs.

Tonight,Israel chooses entry via “The Next Song to Eurovision”, where Eden Alene will present the four candidate songs. Lucy Ayoub, one of last year’s contestants in Tel Aviv, will host the show.

The four candidate songs are:

1. “Roots”

Creators: Nathan Goshen and Stav Beger

2. Feker libi”

Creators: Doron Medalie and Idan Raichel

3.  Savior In the Sound” 

Creators: Oren Emanuel, Talia Londoner and Uri Avni

4. Rakata”

Creators: Gal Joe Cohen, Eyal Ishay, Zlil Kalifi, Eran Kashi

The results will come up  both from the television audience and a professional jury:

-30% audience / TV
-65% professional jury
-5% reviewers of HaKokhav Haba L’Eurovizion 2020
The show will start at 8:30 pm CET time and you can watch it HERE.


Israel: KAN changes the selection method from 2021 onwards

An announcement of the production of “The Next Star” indicates that this year will be the last year in which Israel selects the artist to represent the country at the Eurovision contest through this talent show.

After 7 years, the decision on how to choose a representative for the country will be taken by KAN and that “The Next Star (HaKokhav HaBa)” will no longer be associated with the competition.

Since 2015, “The Next Star (HaKokhav HaBa)” has been the process of selecting his / her Israeli representative in the Eurovision contest, yielding very good results for the country, including a victory, after years of failures and exclusions.

The 7th season of “The Next Star” is already underway and it will select the country’s representative for Eurovision 2020 for the last year. An innovative change this season is the fact that the public will have the opportunity, beyond artist, to choose the song to be interpreted by the winner, which in recent years has been the exclusive decision of the responsible team of experts.

To date, there is no information on plans for the public broadcaster, which has announced that production companies may propose a new way to opt in for 2021.

Israel at Eurovision

Israel has been participating in the competition since 1973, and its first victory came a few years later, in 1978. Remarkably, it also won the contest in 1979, making it one of the few countries to win two. and / or more consecutive years.

Israel already have 4 wins, with the last one being in 2018, and it is the only non-European country to have won four times. The Next Star (HaKokhav HaBa) has been the method of selecting his / her country representative for the last 6 years, bringing excellent results for the country in the competition – 5 consecutive Grand Final qualifiers, including one victory – after a series years with exclusions.

Below you can see Israel’s winning entry in 2018, with Netta Barzilai and “Toy” reaching the top of the table with 529 points, the most points the country has received in the institution.

Source: KAN

Israel: Two shows for the next country’s national selection

The Israeli broadcaster, KAN, has confirmed the country’s participation in Eurovision 2020, making Israel the 25th country that announces its participation.

Together with confirmation of participation, KAN also announced how it will choose its  representative but also the song.

Initially, the selection of the artist will be made another year through the talent show « HaKokhan HaBa L’Eurovizion », which makes sense since,using this option after 2015, the country has not lost the qualification to the final – including of course Netta ´ s victory  in 2018.

But the selection of the song is the detail that will be changed. Until this year, the song was chosen by a team of experts.  However, for 2020, KAN will organize an additional show for the selection of the song which will be determined this time by the television audience.

KAN  is expected to invite artists to participate in HaKokhan HaBa next week, but the dates of the talent show have not yet been announced.

After Netta’s victory, Israel’s next representative was Kobi Marimi with the song « Home ».  Kobi won 23rd place.

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