She’s the vivacious songstress that was due to represent Israel at Eurovision 2020. But while this year’s contest may have been cancelled, Eden Alene has already been confirmed for the 2021 edition.
Now, in a recent interview with our William, the “Feker Libi” songstress has revealed that she thinks every Eurovision 2020 act should have the opportunity to go to the 2021 contest.
Eden Alene: Eurovision 2020 acts deserve to be at 2021
Before broaching on the topic of 2021 comebacks, Eden told us about the moment she first learned of Eurovision’s cancellation. She had presumed that the contest would be postponed rather than called off and, so, was completely shocked to learn of the news on live TV.
“When it hit me, I was devastated. It was hard. And I also cried”. But like everyone else, she understood that Eurovision is “a small thing” compared to the coronavirus.
The worst part about the cancellation, according to Eden, was missing out on the chance to meet the other artists. The X Factor and Next Star winner tells us that she listened to all of the other entries as they were released and was particularly excited about talking with Malta’s Destiny and Sweden’s The Mamas.
But many of the 2020 acts won’t be back for 2021. On countries changing their representatives, Eden says: “It’s sad. Because they deserve to go there”.
And, for a while, Eden was unsure herself about whether she’d be asked to sing again at Eurovision 2021. “I was very nervous because, in those days that I didn’t know, I saw other countries change their representatives. So, I thought ‘ok, this is going to be the end'”.
But, of course, it wasn’t the end. And, on live TV once more, Eden was told that she would sing for Israel next year. “I felt relieved. Because I really wanted to do that”.
Eden Alene — Eurovision 2020 Interview
In the almost 25:00 minute interview, Eden touches on a multitude of topics — from her pride at representing Israel’s Ethiopian community to her boyfriend Yonatan. All the main talking points are listed below along with their respective timestamps.
00:00 – Intro
00:25 – Coping with lockdown
02:00 – Eurovision’s cancellation
04:45 – Representation at Eurovision 2020
05:45 – Eurovision 2021
07:15 – From X Factor to The Next Star
07:50 – Ethiopians in Israel
09:25 – The Next Star experience
10:35 – “Feker Libi”
13:00 – The 2020 song selection
13:30 – Her boyfriend
14:20 – Her backing vocalists
15:00 – Eurovision 2021 plans
16:15 – Favourite genres
16:50 – Eurovision 2020 staging
17:15 – Postcard cancellation
18:20 – The Wiwi Jam At Home performance
19:30 – The secret to happiness
20:15 – Eurovision 2019
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