Israel's Eurovision 2020 representative Eden Alene
Israel's Eurovision 2020 representative Eden Alene Photo: Ran Yehezkel

Israel’s Eden Alene will sing 'Feker Libi' in Rotterdam

Public broadcaster KAN has aired the selection show, ‘The Next Song For Eurovision’, during which their representative Eden Alene performed 4 potential Eurovision 2020 entries. With 282 points, 'Feker Libi' came out on top. Eden will perform the song in the second half of the first Semi-Final on 12 May.

Eden's Eurovision 2020 entry Feker Libi was co-written and produced by one of Israel's most prominent musicians, Idan Raichel, and one of Israel's top hit makers, Doron Medalie, wrote other Israeli Eurovision entries such as Toy (2018), Golden Boy (2015) and Made of Stars (2016).

Feker Libi is described as a colourful pop gem that fuses together African dance beats with an infectious middle eastern sound. The lyrics of the song are made up of 4 languages, English, Hebrew, Amharic and Arabic, and the name of the song, meaning my love in Amharic, connects with Eden's roots, having both parents originally hail from Ethiopia.

About the show

In the national song final hosted by Eurovision 2019 presenter Lucy Ayoub, 4 songs were in the running to becoming Eden’s entry: Savior in the Sound (94 points), Roots (205 points), Rakata (139 points) and Feker Libi (282).

The outcome is a combination of an online vote from the Israeli public and the votes of an expert jury.

Savior In The Sound

Roots

Rakata

Feker Libi

The show was opened by Eden and the other finalists of Israel's national artist selection show. Together, they sang a medley of various Israeli Eurovision entries like Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta's Abanibi, Nadav Guedj's Golden Boy, Dana International's Diva, Milk and Honey's Hallelujah and many more.

Israel’s Eurovision 2019 participant Kobi Marimi performed as an interval act. He gave quite the show, performing his song Home in the melody of other Israeli Eurovision entries like Hallelujah, Diva and Toy. Also performing was Shalva Band who took to the stage at Expo Tel Aviv during Eurovision 2019 as an interval act in the second Semi-Final and Idan Raichel, Eurovision 2019 interval act during the Grand Final.

This year's entry is a co-production of Tedy Productions, one of the most prominent content and production houses in the Israeli media, Kan, the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation and Israel's biggest media company and aromamusic, a leading music company and record label.

Do you think Eden Alene will take Israel to the Grand Final this year? Let us know in the comments!

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Posted 27 February 2020 at 16:48 CET

Israel's 4 song choices for Eurovision 2020

Israel's Eurovision 2020 participant Eden AleneKAN

Eden Alene's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be selected during 'The Next Song For Eurovision', broadcast live by Israeli public broadcaster KAN. The show will feature 4 potential songs for Eden: 'Feker Libi', 'Rakata', 'Roots' and 'Savior in the Sound'.

When The Next Song For Eurovision airs on 3 March, the final 4 tracks will be co-judged by a team of professional judges and show viewers. The Israeli public can vote here. The winning song will become Eden's participating song in Rotterdam.

The 4 competing songs are:

Feker Libi

  • Lyrics: Doron Medalie & Idan Raichel

  • Music: Doron Medalie & Idan Raichel

Rakata

  • Lyrics: Gal Yosef Cohen, Ayal Yishay, Tzlil Klifi

  • Music: Gal Yosef Cohen, Ayal Yishay, Tzlil Klifi & Eran Kashi

Roots

  • Lyrics: Nathan Goshen

  • Music: Nathan Goshen & Stav Beger

Savior in the Sound

  • Music: Oren Emanuel, Ori Avni and Talia Londoner

  • Lyrics: Oren Emanuel, Ori Avni and Talia Londoner

Which song do you like best for Israel? Let us know in the comments!

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Posted 04 February 2020 at 22:58 CET

Eden Alene will represent Israel in Rotterdam

Eden Alene, Israel's Eurovision 2020 representativeRonen Akerman

During the final of their national selection 'The Next Star', hosted by Eurovision 2019 presenter Assi Azar, Israel picked Eden Alene to be their representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Eden's song will be revealed on 3 March.

Get to know Eden

Born and raised in Jerusalem, 19-year-old Eden won Israel over with her powerful voice and electrifying performances in The Next Star. With her parents both hailing from Ethiopia, Eden will bring a fresh and contemporary combination of sounds and influences to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Eden Alene, Israel's Eurovision 2020 participantRonen Akerman

What's next for Eden?

In the coming weeks, Eden's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be selected during The Next Song For Eurovision. The show will be broadcast live on Israeli public broadcaster KAN's channels and feature 4 potential songs for Eden. These final 4 tracks will be judged by a team of professional judges and viewers. The winning song will then become Eden's participating song in Rotterdam.

About The Next Star

A total of 20 artists competed in The Next Star 2020, narrowed down to 4 in the final: Eden Alene, Ellalee Lahav, Gaya Shaki and Orr Amrami Brockman. The show is Israel's most-watched singing competition and has served as the country's selection method for some years now. Eurovision 2018 winner Netta also became Israel's representative through the format.

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