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.

What do you think? Would Songland work as a song selection show? Or should Israel stick with their 2020 format? Tell us your thoughts below.

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gilpgilp
gilpgilp
1 month ago

This would be about ratings and monetizing the selection process, and not about selecting the best song to compete at Eurovision. The point should be to win at Eurovision.

Ana
Ana
1 month ago
Reply to  gilpgilp

The point of a broadcaster that just took 17m Euros loan to host Eurovision is not to win Eurovision again in the next couple of years. Plus KAN is a public broadcaster and doesnt even measure ratings or selling commercials.

Sgf Sgf
Sgf Sgf
1 month ago

Obviously, KAN should stick with their 2020 format. Also, Romania should do Selectia Nationala again next year for Roxen with the SAME FORMAT.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
1 month ago

I actually thought Israel ended up with a pretty weak song last year considering their selection and Eden’s obvious talent level. I think a selection process that really focuses on the songwriting (and not the usual songwriters, for that matter) is definitely a good way to go!

Whisker
Whisker
1 month ago

I am not a fan of “reality-shows”, they are not as “real” as made out to be. There are scripts, edits and such.

Zoe
Zoe
1 month ago

They can experiment a bit, it’s not like they are craving for another victory so soon. It’s time to try new things.

Eurolover
Eurolover
1 month ago

Not gonna lie, this is a really interesting and cool idea!

Andhityas Cintya Widianna
Andhityas Cintya Widianna
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurolover

I’m watching the US Version in 2020… is interisting

John
John
1 month ago

I think this format would be great for KAN’s ratings but the Eurovision community would be deeply divided by this process. They would also watch the shows and critique they way the song was put together (acting as the 4th judge). I think seeing the sausage made is going to produce negative comparisons to other songs from the past and make the fans think that its very much color by number to increase Eurovision chances.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago

Interesting, but I think it’s better to just open the submissions for the songs and then internally select the best song. Established songwriter doesn’t particularly mean he/she will write a masterpiece. Israel has soo many good songwriters and in the past, we saw that even unknown songwriters could write fantastic songs(that unfortunately weren’t winning the nfs).

Adam Sharp
Adam Sharp
1 month ago

I’ve been wanting the UK to do this for so long! Even before so gland was a thing. It was when Ireland had the show with samantha mumba on it. Its such an easy way to get great songs and relevant artists in the competition

Una
Una
1 month ago

Good idea. Hopefully with no more heavy hitters. Broadcasters should try their best and contribute to their music industries with multiple collaborations. Not use the same one-man-show formulas. Israel is bringing us an interesting space to watch. Good idea!!

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Hope they do something like this in Malta, on the lines of old Maltasong. The usual 20 or so entries which Destiny could belt out one after the other at Ta’Qali in February!

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Jofty

It would be great to see more Maltese talent, Jofty!! It is obvious that Malta want to win Eurovision. And they cannot be blamed for that. But come on. It is a small country I know. Rather take someone from Italy. Plenty of talent there.
I think Destiny is very talented and likeable and I wish her the best 🙂

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

OMG…..

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Jofty

I am not sure what your comment means but I assume it’s about my reference to Italy. Malta and Italy have strong cultural connections. Italy has quality, genuine music that is not only recognized as such but it is loved in all of Europe. Why not choose that instead of a factory industrial tailor-made tune staged with money. Keep the Maltese voice and talent. Choose genuine, quality music instead of ordering from the supermarket.

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

OK, I get you. But there is enough homegrown talent which does not warrant song shopping in Bulgaria, Italy or anywhere else. Destiny would not have won this year so hopefully that will be taken as another (expensive) lesson following Michela last year.

Una
Una
1 month ago
Reply to  Jofty

Thanks for clarifying this. My impression was that Malta’s selection of song and artist (when not internal selection) was not successful. Thus they changed to X Factor and shopped for the song elsewhere far away. Because I follow this site very closely and never read that they had opened submissions. They just came out with the songs (2019 and 2020). Despite the very disappointing result of 2019 and the potential for a very good result in 2020 I think that Malta as well as Cyprus are setting very dangerous precedents with shopping outside. If they win following this formula there… Read more »

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Una

Mostly true. The first entry in 1972 and in Maltese finished erm last. At the risk of being hung, drawn and quartered it is not an attractive language. Remember those Andorran entries in Catalan? I’m sure Maltasong will be back with its bucketload of songs ; it’s very popular and always packed to the rafters. Or perhaps a “Celebrity” X Factor with the usual suspects slogging it out.

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 month ago

Interesting idea! We’ll see 😀

Ashton
Ashton
1 month ago

Whoa this idea is so so cool. I fully support this. A good chance for both songwriters and singers to shine equally.