Tonight in Neve Ilan, Israel’s Eden Alene will sing her four songs for Rotterdam. The winner of the show, which we’ll know through 60% jury and 40% televote, will then represent Israel in Eurovision 2020. We asked you which entry you want to see represent Israel and your favourite was “Rakata”.
The Next Song for Eurovision 2020 poll results
Since the songs were released on Wednesday, fans have been all over “Rakata”. Besides the connection to “Cherry Red”, fans have also praised the African influences and catchy rhythm. So, unsurprisingly, “Rakata” – accent on the “ta” – won the apparently three-horse race. Because the fan support has been so significant over the past week, it comes as no surprise that the song won with such ease. It got 731 votes, which made up 38.49% of the total.
“Feker Libi”, written by famous songwriters Doron Medalie and Idan Raichel, came second. But instead of being a frontrunner, it found itself in a close fight for number two. The penta-lingual bop scored 527 votes, which account for 27.75% of the result.
“Roots” will be a dark horse coming into the national final. Though the songwriters behind it are two very well-known lyricists, the fans didn’t instantly love it. However, there is some consensus that the song is a grower, and Eden may be planning something crazy for the live performance. With 513 votes, the track came a close third, achieving 27.01% of your votes.
Lightyears below the top three, the explosive ballad “Savior in the Sound” landed a distant fourth. The song is clearly a jury song, but did inspire marginal support. Some fans just love an underdog. It only got votes from 128 of our readers, which means 6.74% of the total vote.[polldaddy poll=10512561]
Tonight, Eden will perform all four songs live for the first time, and later we will know the winning song.
Do the results match your taste? Which song do you predict will win tonight?
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Feker Libi winning is SUPER okay with me!
People concerned about the lack of bops, your wishes are being slowly fulfilled!
I think we are all being over dramatic. Probably at the end we’ll be getting the same ratio of ballads as every year, around 15 plus a few midtempo songs.
Preferred Roots but I’m not surprised that the public voted for Idan Reichel song. He did songs with Ethiopians for many years and it’s considered the perfect match. But Roots was so cool, especially with that other singer who sings the chorus
I love how they’re now speaking to Eden on the election coverage – they know what’s really important!
Feker Libi won!
Great choice! My favorite.
my favorite won! :O
It’s Feker Libi, people!
How did Idan Raichel get home from Melbourne so quickly?
The interviews were recorded at least a week or more before the live show.
Yeah, I kinda guessed that, I was just joking! 🙂 Where was he earlier in the show, though?
Maybe he needed a long toilet break…? Maybe he was held by a traffic jam? Can’t think of something more sinister or conspiratorial although I’m tempted because it was so clear that Medalie and Raichel’s brand and reputation were gonna tip the scales in their favor. You can’t beat a power couple like that.
According to the live performances it must be roots, please!!!
I cant believe im saying it but it was the best by far…..please!!!
Kobi is still a treasure.
Shalva Band too!
I liked Rakata and still like it, i think it’s the safest option
However, with Faker libi or Roots the risk is higher but may be worth it
I don’t know which one of them to choose, because Roots ends too abruptly while FL has a cheesy chorus which ruins it a bit
HOW CAN WE WATCH IT LIVE????
If you had read the comments, you wouldn’t have to ask! Sam posted a helpful link two comments down. Thank you, Sam.
Ari you should post a link to where we can watch the selection online.
Starting at 20:30 CET including guest appearances by Kobi Merimi, Shalva Band and other Next Star participants.
I thought it was 21:30 CET
It’s at 21:30 local time, 20:30 for most of Europe.
Thank you for sharing the link, Sam!
You welcome! Just a reminder to everyone that the staging and the choreography you’re gonna see tonight were conceived in such haste to meet the 3rd of March deadline that you shouldn’t take any of them as indicators for anything. Eden literally worked around the clock to squeeze the song selection and the live show in less than two weeks.
Im hoping to be Rakata or Feker Libi, but we have to respect that its Israels decision.
This reader wants Feker Libi!
Rakata and Roots are great, but I will be so disappointed if it’s not Feker Libi.
Is there a way for us to watch it online?
Yes, its supposed to be streamed here https://www.kan.org.il/live/tv.aspx?stationid=2 from 20:30 – 21:55 Central Europe’s timezone
“Rakata” is really good but for win its have to be ROOTS or FEKER LIBI!
Doron Medalie explained that “Feker Libi” combines an 80s pop sound because apparently it’s a trend now. So that explains the weird dated chorus. I do think that they might want to work more on that part if this song gets chosen. It doesn’t sound 80s but early 2000s, in a bad way.
Agree, they must change this part and it a winner
1. Feker Libi
4. Saviour in the Sound
Well, you predicted it.
Roots all the way!!!
I know I am in the minority but I prefer Saviour In The Sound to all of the songs but I think Rakata would do the best at Eurovision (also my close second)
I like all 4 songs but I think “Roots” would be the best option for Israel. The most unique and the best lyrically song in their selection.
I hope it will be rakata, i vote for this song
It’s a song you want to dance to, I expect it will pick up points mainly from southern-Europe.
Guys, it is said that Senhit will represent San Marino with “Cleopatra”.
Christian Scarpone, did you know more than you told us? If this is true, you surely did! 🙂
I would love to see Feker Libi or Roots in Rotterdam simply because I feel they’re more unique than Rakata. Don’t get me wrong, I like Rakata too and she would definitely qualify with it for sure, but it’s not the best option in my opinion.
I agree, I like Rakata but I do feel like I’ve heard such songs many times before
Any option would be good for me 🙂 They’re all stuck in my head and I’m loving it
Rakata is definatly the most catchy song but is it the best one? Im totally not sure.
Roots is more unique and feker libi as well(although i have a problem with the chorus of feker libi, the rest of the song is excellent).
And to tell the truth saviour in the sound is an amazing song,
But was given to eden while everybody dont want a ballad
No matter how good it is…
It will all come down to the live performances today.
The hardest decision ever for israel…good luck…(:
Isn’t like Roots the only option..
Feker Libi just makes me want to go party in Tel Aviv (a nice follow-up to Golden Boy).
All songs are good and special ones.
I think we need a song like Feker Libi for next May but Rakata would be a good option, too