Israel hyped up the Eurovision fandom back in July by revealing their 16-song national selection format for Eden Alene. And now Israel’s Eurovision 2021 selection is getting closer to becoming a reality. KAN has confirmed to Israeli Eurovision news site Euromix that the official song committee has received a total of 220 songs.
The committee includes “Toy” and “Feker Libi” songwriter Doron Medalie, who was ineligible to submit a song due to his position on the selection team.
220 songs received for Israel’s Eden Alene
According to the Euromix report, 220 songs were sent to the committee that will select Eden’s national final entries. The good news comes after the the committee received only 70 entries during the initial submission period, which was then extended by a week.
Familiar names that submitted a song include Dana Lapidot (Israel 2020 artist selection) and Dolev and Penn (Israel 2017 songwriters). Most of the “Rakata” songwriters from 2020 also returned. This time, however, they are collaborating with Yinon Yahel, producer of “Golden Boy” and “Feker Libi”.
The 220-song figure stops the growth trend seen in recent years. Netta’s selection only received about 130 songs, Kobi’s selection received about 200, and Eden received about 250 last year. KAN approached multiple songwriters to work on songs for Eden, in order to keep the level of submissions high. Other songwriters sent their songs in through the tenders page on KAN’s website.
Svika Pick, “Diva” and “Hasta la Vista” (Ukraine 2003) songwriter, did not submit a song to the selection. That upends earlier reports in Israeli media that Pick had thrown his maestro hat into the ring. It is still unknown if Gal Jo Cohen, the “Rakata” songwriter not credited earlier, sent his own submission. According to Euromix, it is likely that he had submitted an entry. However, Cohen has not confirmed that.
KAN will reveal the 16 songs selected for Eden’s selection next month. Right now, the broadcaster is going through the submissions to remove ineligible entries (e.g. those over three minutes, those with illegal sampling, etc.).
In other news, Alene completed her service for the IDF on Wednesday. She served as a vocalist in the army band.
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