Back in March, Israel broadcaster KAN confirmed that Eden Alene would be Israel’s act for Eurovision 2021. Now Israel media is reporting details of how Eden’s song for Rotterdam may be chosen. KAN is reportedly negotiating the rights for the television reality competition Songland, which will be used to select Israel’s song for Eurovision.
The Hebrew-language Eurovision blog Euromix has reported on the news. The Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation is said to be negotiating for the right to produce an Israeli version of the hit American reality show Songland. The potential Israeli version would be used to create and select Eden Alene’s song for Eurovision 2021.
However, at this stage broadcaster KAN has not confirmed the news and it remains only media speculation.
The Songland format
Songland is a music reality competition with a twist — the emphasis is on songwriting.
The American series — which is currently wrapping up its second season — is guided by three top songwriters: frequent Rihanna writer Ester Dean, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, and prolific country songwriter Shane McAnally. Each episode also features a guest performer, which in the past has included artists such as John Legend, the Jonas Brothers, Leon Lewis, and Bebe Rexha.
In each episode, four competing songwriters work on a song for that week’s guest performer. The episode takes viewers through the songwriting process, with final versions of three songwriter’s best song being performed on the show. In each episode, one winning song is selected and a version performed by the guest singer is released.
There is no series grand final, with only winners of each week’s episode.
Israel selects for 2021
It’s not clear what, if any, changes would be made to the show format if an Israeli version were to be produced. Using the standard Songland format would suggest only one episode for selecting the song for Eden. However, Euromix speculates that an Israeli version could use semi-finals and a grand final.
Songland competitors are relatively unknown songwriters, which would rule out using any heavy hitters for Israel’s Eurovision entry. But it could also mean giving upcoming Israeli songwriters a chance. “Toy” and “Feker Libi” songwriter Doron Medalie has already ruled himself out for 2021 — but given the Songland format, he could potentially be cast as one of the songwriting expert mentors.
Eden Alene’s song for Eurovision 2020 was selected using the show HaShir HaBa L’Eurovizion (The Next Song for Eurovision). Eden performed four potential Eurovision songs, which were voted on by three jury groups and the public televote. In the end, “Feker Libi” won the contest and would have been Israel’s entry at Eurovision 2020.
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