Israel is giving songwriters another week to send submissions to its national selection for Eden Alene’s Eurovision 2021 song. It’s amid unofficial reports that the broadcaster has only received 70 song submissions — down significantly on last year’s 248.
Eden Alene announced the extension on her Instagram account.
“Excited to tell you that very soon the registration for submitting songs for the Eurovision Song Contest will close — we we will find out together which songs [could represent Israel],” she writes. “If you haven’t yet sent your song in, this is the time! [The submission period] closes October 15. Waiting to see what you guys are making for me!”
Israel: Eden Alene has received 70 Eurovision 2021 song submissions
When it comes to Eurovision, it’s about the quality of song submissions and not the quantity. Ultimately, each artist only sings one song at Eurovision anyway. But Israel needs quantity for another reason: It has plans to stage a 16-song national final. That requires depth and that starts with a healthy pool of submissions.
Back in September, KAN launched the official open call for song entries. Interested songwriters were to send their song to the committee between 16 September and 5 October at 11:00 am, Israel time.
KAN plans to make the 16 shortlisted songs available to the public this November. As previously reported, the public will shortlist eight of the 16 songs, and those songs will go on to compete in the live shows. There will be two semi-finals of four songs each, and a grand final where the four best tunes will battle it out to be Eden’s pick for Rotterdam. All shows are expected to be around 52 minutes long and will take place in February.
And while we don’t yet know who has submitted entries, we do know who most likely hasn’t. Back in May, songwriter Doron Medalie, who wrote Eden’s 2020 entry “Feker Libi”, said that submitting a song for Eden was not a particularly big priority.
Speaking on KAN’s radio show Eurovision 2020 – The True Results, the “Toy” songwriter said he’s not completely against a return, but he’s 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.
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