Despite Israel’s current measures to curb the spread of coronavirus, including their Eurovision team not traveling to the Netherlands to film their postcard, Eden Alene and the Israel delegation are determined to go on with the show. They’re not only finding alternative ways to fulfill their duties, but have even dropped a revamp of “Feker Libi” in the process.
You can listen to the new version of the entry to represent Israel in Rotterdam below.
The “Feker Libi” update is more subtle than other drastic revamps or changes that have happened elsewhere, as in Albania and the Czech Republic. The vocals merge better with the music, and the African-inspired instrumentation shines from the second verse. In the final minute, the backing vocalists blend more seamlessly as well. Overall, this new version really shines a light on Eden’s roots, and amps up the ethnic and fun factors without being too much of a swerve away from the original.
Keeping the emphasis on Eden’s cultural roots is important. Besides adding life to the song, it helps her honour her Ethiopian heritage, which, in an interview with us, she said was central to who she is:
“I definitely feel that I’m representing one nation, my home country. But Israel was founded 70 years ago by refugees and immigrants. Our entire country is built on the mix between different people from different cultures and I feel that I represent this entirely. I think what you guys see, in the past few years in Eurovision, is the result of this really incredible and respectful mix.”
Coronavirus and Israel
Israel is being extremely cautious regarding the coronavirus. The Israel delegation chose not to attend the Heads of Delegation meeting in person, instead calling in via the Internet. The EBU and the host broadcasters of Eurovision 2020 are said to be monitoring the situation, as well as the city of Rotterdam.
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