After Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam was cancelled because of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, Eurovision fans wondered which countries would keep their artists for 2021.

Several have already declared their intention to stick with their 2020 acts, and on Sunday Israel became the latest to do so. Eden Alene will represent the country at Eurovision 2021.

Eden Alene won through Next Star for Eurovision, an artist selection organised by Keshet. However, KAN is in charge of the artist selection going forward and it has opted for Eden.

Eden Alene to represent Israel at Eurovision 2021

The EBU announced the cancellation of Eurovision 2020 on Wednesday 18 March. A tearful Eden Alene responded to the sad news live on Israeli TV.

She said: “Now it’s real. It’s depressing. I can’t believe how much it hurts inside. But it’s okay. I didn’t [talk to my mother] yet. I didn’t have the time. Like, it just happened. But no, it’s ok, I’ll talk to her. I’ll talk to my boyfriend. It will be ok.” She expressed her wish to get support from her boyfriend, about whom Doron Medalie and Idan Raichel wrote her 2020 song “Feker Libi”.

Rumours flew around online that KAN would not select Eden for Eurovision 2021. However, the speculation has proven to be unfounded. It seems the gossip mongers had based the claim upon the fact that KAN confirmed provisional participation but didn’t confirm the artist.

On Sunday, Walla officially confirmed that KAN has reselected Eden Alene to fly the Star of David in 2021. KAN later confirmed this with a tweet.

Reacting to the news, Alene said on Israeli TV: “I’ll cry once more. We’re going to win [Eurovision 2021] and the song will be better”. As per Friday’s news, Israel will not be able to send “Feker Libi” to Eurovision 2021. However, now with more time to prepare, Israel’s representative seems confident.

The song selection method is currently unknown. We expect that KAN will provide more news in the coming weeks.

What do you think of the decision to reselect Eden? Do you think her song will be better than “Feker Libi”? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Thank you KAN. I know it wasnt easy for KAN, since next year was the first time they could have made otheir own show and produce their own version of “The Next Star” (Until now it was another channel – 12). Considering being relatively new in the industry (but really really good despite that) and already have an ESC debt (2018 TLV SHOW) in their back-mind, the high rating from the show is big and important money for KAN. However, the honorable and right thing to do, is give EDEN her chance again. So Im happy money interests didnt destroy… Read more »

Chromium
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Chromium

KAN really likes making her cry on live TV, eh? 😀 Anyway, happy for this decision. Great vocalist and performer. Hope she gets an even better song for next year. 🙂

esc1234
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esc1234

Her vocals and charisma are out of this world, she elevated all songs in the national final, she definitely deserves to represent them

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Pfft. What else was KAN going to do? Girl is a STAR.

srulik
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srulik

They had intended to have a big NF in 2021 at first.

Grafton
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Grafton

She’s a potential winner if she has a good song. I just wish she was from another country but hey…

srulik
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srulik

And I get it you didn’t watch ESC2019 as it was in “that” country?? HYPOCRITE.

EitanIL
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EitanIL

i wish you were from another planet… our planet doesn’t need people like you… but hey…

Veta
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Veta

I really hope for another song with Amharic lyrics. 2020 could’ve been the very first appearance of this language on ESC stage. Make this happen in 2021!

gilpgilp
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gilpgilp

Great news! She’s a potential winner with the right song.

Gabriel
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Gabriel

Very sad to hear this

srulik
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srulik

Explain….

Gabriel
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Gabriel

Ignorant

esc1966
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esc1966

I have another question: Do you think that the semi finals would get another allocation draw?

Sal
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Sal

Depends if there are any withdrawing or returning countries, I guess

Duncan
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There wouldn’t be any reason to keep this draw. It’s a new year.

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

I think there will be since they’re treating it as a completely different edition.

Nitzan
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Nitzan

Such good news, I’m so happy Kan decided to continue with her, she deserves this. She had the best response to this as well.
I feel like here in Israel there’s a consensus that she should continue to 2021

new artists
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new artists

agree, australia lithuania iceland israel malta sweden czech san marino finland should all be quick to change artists, otherwise eurovision could be absolutely absurd and flop

srulik
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srulik

Im really happy, she deserves it, she will do a great job and i just wish her song will be written and produced be Doron Madali and Idan Raichel who created Feker Libi.

Josh R
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Josh R

Terrific news!

EuroSluuuuuutty
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EuroSluuuuuutty

I really liked the Arabic part in her song, not sure if they’ll do something like that again in 2021 😐

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

Amharic 😉 or you meant that line when she says habib albi

Ken
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Ken

IM SO HAPPPPPPY

Polegend Godgarina
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omg LEGEND… i need her 2021 song to be as flawless as “feker libi”, so she can be my #1 again.

Erasmus
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Erasmus

Love her! I can cross her out of my list.
Remaining wishes: Roxen, Destiny, the Roop, Montaigne, Ben Dolic, Little Big, Benny Cristio, Athena, Alicja and Hurricane.
I’d also want Elisa, Ben&Tan and Ulrikke, but I doubt they’ll send them

srulik
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srulik

So basically you want the entire 2020 lineup…. ME TOO!!

Mia
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Mia

I’m with you too 😉
We’re not talking here about disposable products, we’re talking about people who rightfully deserved their chance.
We will not have usual rules due to exceptional circumstances and decision is at discretion of broadcasters, but I hope that many of them will stand by their artists.

Ana
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Ana

An obvious decision. KAN would never choose someone else unless they wanted a giant backlash from the public.

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Great news! Love her voice and her stage presence!

Mia
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Mia

Yes!!! <3

Colin
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Colin

Welcome back, Eden! She is very talented. 🙂

Badwoolfgirl
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Badwoolfgirl

Yay, welcome back Eden.

Thanos
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Thanos

So happy for her, it broke my heart when she was crying hearing the announcement of the cancellation (she wasn’t far from my reaction to the news). Feker Libi was really a guilty pleasure that grew on me a lot, so I am expecting another ethnic inspired song from her!!!

Sal
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Sal

I’m so happy, she was the artists along with The Roop that I wanted to see back the most. But Feker Libi was my favourite and I’m so so sad we won’t get to see it on the big Eurovision stage/screen :'(

Jo.
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Jo.

😀 😀

Harm
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Harm

That’s great and she deserves it. ??????

Harm
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Harm

The question marks should be the Dutch flag hahaha.

Fefe
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Fefe

What do you mean by “??????” Are you asking a question?

Ashton Schier
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Ashton Schier

Harm already explained