ISRAEL – On 22 March 2020, KAN confirmed that Eden Alene would be kept as the Israeli representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
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The song that Eden Alene represented Israel within Rotterdam will be selected through a national final called HaShir Shelanu L’Eurovizion.
On 16 September 2020, KAN opened the public song submission following the announcement of Alene as the selected artist with the deadline on 15 October 2020.
220 submissions were received, which were subsequently evaluated by a professional committee consisting of Ofri Gopher (Director of KAN Music Stations), Roi Dalmadigo (Editor of KAN Gimel), Tal Argaman (DJ and music editor at KAN 88), Alona Kedem (Editor of KAN 88 and KAN Gimel), Tali Katz (Head of Delegation for Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest) and Michael Weisberg (CEO of Aroma Music) that selected nine songs for the competition.
The winning song will be selected over two rounds of online voting through KAN’s official website kan.org.il. In the first round, demo versions of the nine competing songs were released on 2 December 2020 and the public was able to vote until 13 December 2020.
The two songs with the most votes advanced to the second round and the professional committee selected an additional song from the remaining seven to advance.
In the second round, the three songs, finalized and re-recorded by Alene, were to be released on 18 January 2021, however, the songs were officially released on 5 January 2021 after an early publication by the newspaper Israel Hayom.
The public will be able to vote for their favourite song between 19 January and 25 January 2021 and the winning song will be revealed during a special televised broadcast on 25 January 2021.