ISRAEL – The process of selecting Eden Alene for Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam has been started by the Israeli state broadcaster, IPBC.
The rules for submitting songs are the same as those of Eurovision and those interested have until October 5, until they submit their creations. All songs will be reviewed by an IPBC jury, which will select the 16 best.
Next, Israel’s participation next May will be selected through three stages:
- The 16 songs will become known online in November. Of these 16, eight will advance to the next phase. The four will be selected by a separate jury and the other four by the public.
- The eight songs that will qualify in the second stage will be divided into two semifinals, where four will compete in each. Two songs from each semifinal will qualify for the grand final. So far it is not known whether the songs of the semifinal will be performed by Eden Alene or another artist.
- Finally, in the national final of Israel, the 20-year-old representative of the country will perform live the four songs that qualified from the two semifinals. The winning song will also be the one with which Eden Alene will represent Israel in the 65th Eurovision Song Contest.
INFO ABOUT EDEN
With both parents hailing from Ethiopia, Eden Alene was born in Jerusalem. After studying ballet for 11 years, Eden started taking vocal training lessons and soon after decided to pursue a career in music. While living in Jerusalem as a teenager, Eden was in a choir of young adults who came together from all backgrounds to show the potential of music to bring people together.
Growing up, Eden was particularly taken with soul and pop artists such as Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson and Chris Brown. She takes inspiration from many different styles and genres of music, including Arabic folk music, Gospel and Opera as well. Today, Eden serves in the military as a singer in a band and splits her time between performances in the army, in Israel and abroad.