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Israel Eurovision 2021 song: Who is Eden Alene? What is she singing?

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Fans had to miss out on the mad musical journey that is the Eurovision Song Contest last year because of the pandemic but it has returned. The semi-finals will be starting tonight, Tuesday, May 18, on BBC Four and the final is going to air on Saturday, May 22, on BBC One. So what do we know about Israel’s entry for the international singing competition 2021?

Who is Eden Alene? 

Eden Allene was the original pick for the Eurovision Song Contest last year but as the competition was cancelled, she wasn’t able to perform.

But fear not, as she will be back with another song for this year’s contest.

The 20-year-old rose to fame when she won The X Factor Israel in 2018.

After this, she released various singles and performed at the torch-lighting ceremony for the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of the State of Israel.

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She then went on to win Rising Star, another national singing competition in 2020.

This led to her getting the opportunity to present her country at Eurovision.

Her song last year was going to be Feker Libi which was written by Idan Raichel and Doron Medalie, who are two well-known musicians in Israel.

Feker Libi was picked during The Next Song For Eurovision show where she performed four potential entries but of course, she wasn’t able to sing it at the final last year.

What is she singing? 

As with all of the other contestants who have been resubmitted for 2021, Eden had to come up with a new song.

Her entry is entitled Set Me Free which was written by Amit Mordechai, Ido Netzer, Noam Zlatin and Ron Carmi.

The single was originally released in January 2021, along with a music video for the official Eurovision YouTube channel.

But in March, a new version of the song came out with another music video.

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When speaking to Wiwiblogs, Eden opened up about how the first rehearsal went for the competition and also her high expectations for herself.

She said: “I think that I could do much better.

“I have a lot of practice to do at the hotel.

“I need to sing and dance more than I thought that I gonna do. It’s hard, it’s very difficult to dance and sing.”

“My expectation is to sound like Beyoncé.

“I know it’s high and in this competition, I’m not going to reach it. But at the end of my life I really want to sing as Beyoncé sings when she dances”.

Eurovision’s grand final will be shown at the weekend with host Graham Norton commentating for the BBC.

This will be his 12th year taking part in the song contest, taking over from the original narrator Terry Wogan.

For the semi-finals, it will be Rylan Clark-Neal and Scott Mills sharing their views on the competition.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2021 final will air on Saturday, May 22, at 8pm on BBC One.

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