She won The Next Star for Israel almost a month ago.
And now Eden Alene has her song for Eurovision too: “Feker Libi”.
Penned by Israeli hitmakers Doron Medalie and Idan Raichel, the track straddles five languages.
Fans had predicted success for the entry as soon as it was announced. With an Israeli dream team behind it and the show closing spot “Feker Libi” looked set for success.
Doron Medalie penned Israel’s 2018 Eurovision winner “Toy” and Idan Raichel is one of the country’s top selling artists. Raichel also appeared as an interval act during last year’s Grand Final. The dynamic duo will now both be back for Eurovision 2020.
“Feker Libi” ranked second in our readers’ choice for songs to represent Israel.
In the song selection “Roots” placed second, “Rakata” placed third” and “Savior in the Sound” fourth.
Eden Alene’s road to Eurovision
Alene’s road to Eurovision has not been without challenges.
First she took part in Israel’s marathon national final The Next Star.
Then, having survived countless duels, she almost failed to make through the first round of the final. She lost her first duel by a narrow margin. But, granted a wildcard, she passed to the second round where she cruised to victory.
Alene’s win makes her the youngest Israeli act since 2015’s “Golden Boy” Nadav Guedj.
Israel at Eurovision 2020
Eden now moves forward to compete in the semi-finals.
Israel is set to compete in the second half of the first semi-final. This is the first time Israel has been in the second-half of the first semi-final since 2012. It will also be the country’s first time back in the semis after automatic qualification for the Grand Final last year.
Kobi Marimi represented Israel in 2019, but his ballad “Home” failed to inspire votes, finishing in 23rd place on the night in Tel Aviv.
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