She won Israel’s The Next Star for Eurovision in early February. But now, Eden Alene is facing a different sort of competition — HaShir HaBa L’Eurovizion 2020 on 3 March. On Tuesday, the singer — who appears to be going with the mononym Eden — will perform four original songs in Neve Ilan. Now it’s time to pick your favourite.
Listen to all four songs below. Then vote for the ones you like best in our poll. You can only vote once, so make sure it counts!
HaShir HaBa L’Eurovizion 2020 Entries
The Ethiopian-Israeli will sing four songs in a total of five languages. Before we hear the live versions of all songs (and solve the mystery about how the chorus of “Roots” will sound), it is time for you to choose which song you would like to see representing Israel.
“Savior in the Sound”
“Savior in the Sound”, penned by Oren Emanuel, Talia Londoner and Uri Avni, will be first on the night. However, it will stand out from the pack, by being the only ballad. Also, the song is notable for ending on a surprising note, exploding with booming sounds 15 seconds before the end. While some fans see the short climax as a good thing, others view it as a con. The all-Englishy track shows Eden’s abilities to hit both very low and very high notes, so it’s interesting to see how well she’ll perform it live.
“Roots” discusses Eden’s Ethiopian origins and the role of her community in Israel. The song’s writers are singer Nathan Goshen and Stav Beger. It starts off slowly but picks up some pace, reaching a fierce pop hook reminiscent of Netta — which is hardly surprising given the songwriters’ pedigree. Goshen contributed to “Nana Banana” while Beger was involved with “Toy”. In case you missed it, the song also features a lyrical reference to Netta’ Eurovision winning song (“I’m not a preacher, I’m not here to teach ya”). The song features lots of fierce African elements, too. She loves her roots, y’all!
The African feel in this one are present from the very beginning. It gives a vibe similar to Raylee’s “Wild” (Norway’s MGP 2020) or Elvana Gjata’s “Me tana” (Albania’s FiK 58). You may also notice that the song title — which is a deliberate misspelling of “Rak Ata” (Only You) — mimics the sound of the drumbeat featured in the song. “Rakata” is already building up some support within the bubble. The songwriters are Gal Jo Cohen, Eyal Ishay, Zlil Kalifi and Eran Kashi.
“Feker Libi” has a team of great Eurovision brains behind it (“Golden Boy”, “Made of Stars”, “Toy”). It also stands out from the rest for including no less than five languages. While most of the song is in English, it abruptly alternates between Hebrew, Arabic, Amharic and Conlang during the refrain. It will be the last song Eden will sing on Tuesday. The songwriters are songwriting experts Doron Medalie and Idan Raichel.
Poll: What song should win Israel’s HaShir HaBa L’Eurovizion 2020?
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