It’s the country that confirmed its 2021 artist very soon after the cancellation of Eurovision 2020 in March. And up to now, Israel’s song selection plans were unknown.
But, after plenty of speculation, the outline for The Next Song For Eurovision 2021 seems to be clear.
Israel’s song selection process for Eurovision 2020
According to Euromix, KAN has already started looking for companies to produce the 16-track selection. We now know that the format of the super-sized song selection is as follows:
- Out of all songs sent to the committee, KAN will choose 16 songs to participate in the qualification round.
- Online qualification round: Fans will get to choose eight songs of the 16 to move forward to the semi-final.
- Live semi-finals: The eight songs will be performed, although not necessarily by Eden, in two four-song semi-finals live on KAN.
- Grand final: Eden will then perform her final four songs live, with final staging.
We also know the method in which the best eight songs from the qualification round will secure semi-final spots. Rather than a regular 50/50 points split, a professional jury and the public will select their respective top fours. The eight songs will then move forward to the live shows.
Given what Israel had to offer us last year, expectations are high.
Since 16 is a very large number of songs for a one-artist selection, the contest is already in the works. Israeli media claims Lucy Ayoub, host of Eurovision 2019 and the 2020 Israeli song selection show, will host this programme too.
Israel’s past selections
In recent years, Israel’s song selection method hasn’t always been consistent.
The long-running KDAM selection was ditched after 2013. In 2014, Israel organised a one artist national selection with Mei Finegold singing three songs. Since 2015, The Next Star talent show has been used to select the artist. The song has typically been internally selected, although this was not the case for 2016 and 2020.
However, despite all the changes, Israel has become one of the most consistently successful Eurovision countries, making the final every year from 2015 on.
Eden Alene won Israel’s artist selection back in February, but her song “Feker Libi” won the song national final in March.
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