He’s the Eurovision winner who was also behind Eden Alene’s song “Feker Libi”. The song won HaShir HaBa L’Eurovizion and thus would have represented Israel at Eurovision this year. But while Eden Alene has been confirmed to represent Israel at the next Eurovision, songwriter Doron Medalie is not so confident he’s he involved.
Speaking on KAN’s radio show Eurovision 2020 – The True Results, the “Toy” songwriter said he’s not completely against a return, but not overly keen on writing a song. “I don’t think I’m going to write in any way next year… I don’t think it’s mandatory, who knows where we’ll be in a year”.
He also said that “Feker Libi” is “such a fun song, amazing and loved by a lot of people”, making it a tough act to follow.
As well as penning “Feker Libi”, Doron Medalie has also been involved with three of Israel’s past five Eurovision entries — Nadav Guedj’s “Golden Boy”, Hovi Star’s “Made of Stars” and Netta’s “Toy”. He has played a strong role in Israel’s recent Eurovision renaissance, which led to their 2018 win.
Doron Medalie on “Feker Libi”
“Feker Libi” was written by Doron and acclaimed Israeli musician Idan Raichel, and was indeed well-received.
Doron himself had faith the song could make the top five of the contest, despite the long odds. He was planning on giving Eden a killer performance, comparing her with Cyprus’s Eurovision 2018 star. He explained, “this is Eleni Foureira, who was at the bottom of the betting table and didn’t get noticed by anyone until she got on stage”.
Doron is indeed known for creating eye-catching performances, such as Netta’s in 2018. He also directed the Israeli songs for 2008, 2010 and 2013. It’s a shame we won’t get to see what Feker Libi would have looked like on stage, but at least we’ll get to see Eden herself come back.
On a more positive note, another Israeli winning songwriter has toyed with the idea of writing Eden’s song next year. Zvika Pick, who helped write Dana International’s winning song “Diva” in 1998, has said “why not” to the possibility.
In additional to “Diva”, Zvika wrote Israel’s song for 2002 and Ukraine’s song for 2003. Most recently, he wrote “Sing My Song”, which was one of the songs in contention to represent Georgia in 2010. It’s been over ten years since Zvika sent a song for Eurovision, fans are excited at the possibility of a comeback.
He also said that he didn’t think “Feker Libi” was a potential winner, which suggests he may have something in a different genre planned for Eden.
As for Eden Alene herself, the 20-year-old Israeli star is hyped up! She recently appeared on the cover of lifestyle magazine LaIsha, looking very fierce. When she was confirmed for the next Eurovision, she said “Our song will be even better, even though “Feker Libi” was stunning, and we will win!”. That’s the kind of attitude we love!
So what do you think? Do you believe “Feker Libi” could have given Israel a top five result? What do you think Eden Alene will bring to Eurovision next year? Let us know below!