Eden Alene has a varied roster of demos lying between her and Eurovision 2021. From a rock-tinged number built on the metaphor of a hurricane to an inspirational bop about moving your shoulders to lift your spirits, the shortlist really cuts across genre. Dance, disco, easy-listening — the key word here is diversity.

Three of the nine demos will make the final round (before which our girl will hit the studio to spruce them up and, to quote one of the songs, sprinkle her magic all over the place). It’s up to voters in Israel to decide two of them: They have until midnight on 14 December to cast their votes. The third song in the final will be chosen by the Israeli broadcaster KAN.

Thus far, commenters on our web site have had decidedly mixed opinions. Several have questioned the wisdom of releasing demos, which by their very nature are unfinished. This is what a commenter by the name of Maya G had to say.

“I think it was a mistake to release the demos to the public. In this era it’s important to generate positive buzz – which worked well in Israel’s favor in 2018. Releasing 9 demos sung by other singers is half-*ssed and does the exact opposite.”

“It could be that after the three songs are picked and we hear them in their final form sung by Eden we’ll realize they’re the best thing since ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, but first impressions are important and these are underwhelming. They should have either released nine finalized and polished tracks sung by Eden, or if it’s too much work then just picked three or four internally like they did last year. I do recognize potential in some of them, hopefully they’ll give them an extreme makeover.”

Poll: What are your three favourite demos for Eden Alene?

Reacting to Eden Alene’s 9 demos for Eurovision 2021

 

Sabrina, who posted one of the most liked comments on our earlier posts, isn’t feeling the options for Eden.

“I’m disappointed at how most of them don’t play with Eden’s strengths like 2020’s options. They’re songs that could be given to any young female performer, while ‘Feker Libi’, ‘Roots’ and ‘Rakata’ all seemed tailored down to fit her multicultural background. Also, many lyrics suffer from I would call the ‘boomer trying to guess what a teenager would say syndrome.'”

A user called Mahi Mahi is unimpressed with the demos, but encourages everyone to keep the faith. He or she points out that demos rarely sound like winners: “I invite everyone to listen to the demo of [Eurovision 2018 winner] ‘Toy’ and tell me that, as a demo, it can win Eurovision.”

What do you think? Which three demos did you vote for? Which two do you think the public will push through and which one do you think KAN will throw a lifeline to? Let us know in the comments box below!

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Veta
Veta
6 months ago

Is this a right place to post my detailed review of all 9 songs? Unfortunately, I have to agree any song out of the 4 from last year was better and had more identity than the best one from these 9. However, with a good staging and Eden’s flawless vocal performance and energy, I can see some of these qualifying from 6-10 places. I’m disappointed only 2 songs have some Amharic lyrics in them, honestly I would rather prefer none of the songs to have them, cause then there would’ve been a space for hope it was done only because… Read more »

Last edited 6 months ago by Veta
Rob
Rob
6 months ago
Reply to  Veta

Enjoyed reading your detailed observations and how you believe each song can reach its full potential. You make good points about missed opportunities that almost each one of the demos illustrates whether these are bad hooks and choruses or half-baked ideas, patterns and musical elements that fail to sound organic. You brought a very valid point about the lyrics of ‘La-La-Love’ which are very relatable to the social distancing and seclusion people are experiencing during this crisis, but the escapism it offers minimizes and trivializes the appalling nature of the ‘disease’, ‘infection’ and ‘medication’ for millions of people either directly… Read more »

Miguel
Miguel
6 months ago

I like this year songs better than last year.
All of them are quite enjoyable. Here is my top.

1   Ue La La
2   Set Me Free
3   Shoulders
4   Spilling Magic
5   La La Love

Rob
Rob
6 months ago

The writers of ‘Shoulders’ include Netta’s brother Zohar Barzilai. This information wasn’t supposed to be leaked out, but a discerning fan found out the song was registered on the acum.org website which represents the society of Israeli authors, composers and music publishers on December 6th. It’s the only song out of the 9 demos which is either registered or protected by copyright. The singer from the demo is called Maayan Buchris who just happened to be one of Netta’s backing singers in 2018.

gilpgilpgilp
gilpgilpgilp
6 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Thanks for the info! Shoulders seems like the obvious choice, as it is the most similar to last year’s song. Any word who is the singer of “Spilling Magic”? It sounds just like Eden.

Rob
Rob
6 months ago
Reply to  gilpgilpgilp

I really have no idea but I agree with you that she sounds somewhat like Eden. she’s probably a past participant in a singing talent show who’s been out of the spotlight for quite some time. In any case those details will be revealed on January 25 unless they’re leaked out sooner.

Baje
Baje
6 months ago

Coming out should be the song, I like the message, listen to the lyrics. Means so much guys.

SoftSofa
SoftSofa
6 months ago

I hope that “Ue La La” or “Shoulders” will be chosen the other songs are poor or too boring for me.
I want to see Eden preformed with both of them, then I will decide.
Anyhow I’m glad that Eurovision is back again! ???

gilpgilpgilp
gilpgilpgilp
6 months ago

Unless something unforeseen happens, it’s going to be Shoulders. That’s the pick. I’m convinced now after listening to the various reviews.

eerr
eerr
6 months ago

Shoulders or Set Me Free

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Loin dici
Loin dici
6 months ago

‘shoulders’ or ‘set me free’. i don’t have any other picks tbh

Nestor
6 months ago

Critisise me as much as you want but I really like can’t stop a hurricane and I believe itheu should choose this as their song

NickC
NickC
6 months ago

I also find Ue La La too kitsch. I think she should go with something that would emphasize her vocal range and kill the jury vote. So maybe shoulders from the front runners.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
6 months ago

I didn’t really dislike anything. However, “Shoulders” was clearly above everything else when I heard it. It just sounds like what Eden should be bringing.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
6 months ago

It’s off-topic, but guys what do you think is scenario A possible since the vaccines are already made ?

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
6 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Okay I realised there’s no way we have scenario A lol

Azaad
Azaad
6 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Probably a mix of B and C

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
6 months ago

‘Ue la la’ is a bit too kitsch for me. I wish she could sing roots from last year 🙁

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
6 months ago

I really like “Can’t Stop a Hurricane” – I would love to sing that one myself… we can all dream. It’s probably gonna be Ue La La but let’s see what happens

ESCFan2009
ESCFan2009
6 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

Same here! Would be a Top 10 entry for me but unfortunately for many people just another ballad or some are complaining that is it not in Hebrew. Guys, this can be so powerfully staged, I beg you!

It's me
It's me
6 months ago

I feel like Shoulders or Ue la la wil win. I’m fine if Shoulders wins but Ue la la is more Netta style than Eden

Tuvia
Tuvia
6 months ago

I just realized that whoever wrote “shoulders” is hoping to make a shampoo ad in the Eurovision. “Eden – Shoulders.”
There’s no way that wasn’t intentional!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
6 months ago
Reply to  Tuvia

Ahaha! I never noticed that. That’s so funny! 😀

Grft
Grft
6 months ago
Reply to  Tuvia

Omg ahahahahah

Alo
Alo
6 months ago

Probably after the revamp the songs will sound much better (at least I hope)

Erasmus
Erasmus
6 months ago

I think “Shoulders” is the best option.. about Ue La La – I haven’t made up my mind about it… all others are a no. Set Me Free would actually be my favourite if it wasn’t for an extremely generic chorus.

gilpgilpgilp
gilpgilpgilp
6 months ago

The full version of Spilling Magic was posted on youtube. It is the song that best showcases Eden’s vocal strengths. I expect it to be one of the 3 songs chosen. The lyrics are cheeeese so it will need to find a way to get around that.

Craig
Craig
6 months ago

For me my favs are spilling magic (so underrated right now ) and Ue la la which is such a bop and could be elevated a lot on stage!

gilpgilpgilp
gilpgilpgilp
6 months ago
Reply to  Craig

I agree. The problem is that most people are going on 15 second snippets and not the whole song, due to geoblocks. Listen to the full version of Spilling Magic on youtube (it was just posted) and it’s clear this should be one of the finalists.

Doris Wells
Doris Wells
6 months ago

I wouldn’t count out any of the songs. According to Kan TV, all the 3 chosen songs will be seriously revamped and will be adjusted to Eden’s style (tailored made). Only than we will have the final versions of the songs to be chosen in the live broadcast on January 25th. Based on recent years, I believe that Israel will have a very strong contender for ESC 2021. Anyway, nice idea from kan TV to show the audience what’s going on “behind the scenes” when creating a song for Eurovision. Good luck Eden and Israel. Looking forward to see you… Read more »

Colin
Colin
6 months ago

I totally see why people are digging Ue La La. Honestly, it’s extremely catchy and would certainly stand out. On a lyrical department it’s kinda… shall we be nice and say modest. La La Love’s lyrics are even worse. They might go into the ”so bad it’s good” category, but since they are addressing the real life issue, I am still assessing that. On the other hand, I find some ballads here underrated. I believe that Can’t Stop a Hurricane could be really powerful in Eden’s performance. It has a great climax and relatable lyrics. Both Flying and Spilling Magic… Read more »

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gilpgilpgilp
gilpgilpgilp
6 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Ue La La/Shoulders from the public and Spilling Magic from the jury wildcard.

Sabrina
Sabrina
6 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I also think the jury will pick a ballad to make a contrast with these 2 bops, that are clearly the favorites between the fandom. And I totally agree that the more coherent and well rounded banger in this selection is “Shoulders”. But the songs may change so much after being recorded by Even, that it could be like a different competition.

Una
Una
6 months ago

There is a small thing in Hebrew script in William’s video. Far right corner? What does it say?

Guyguy
Guyguy
6 months ago
Reply to  Una

????=Love
it is pronounced “A’-HA-VA”

Una
Una
6 months ago
Reply to  Guyguy

Nice 🙂

Maya G
Maya G
6 months ago
Reply to  Una

You can see this word “AHAVA” as a big statue in the end of the Croatian postcard from 2019 (broken into two rows)
https://youtu.be/hkMPHa2C8do

Una
Una
6 months ago
Reply to  Maya G

Awwww. I had not noticed that. Israel’s postcards were all amazing. Such a beautiful country. So many good dancers. So much creativity.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
6 months ago

Ue La La, Shoulders and Can’t Stop A Hurricane. Very interested to see how she would sound singing Ue La La.

Coming Out and Flying aren’t for Eurovision, but are nice for regular play 🙂

Raphael
Raphael
6 months ago

Shoulders and Set Me Free have this mix of ethnic sounds and pop that could go well for Eden. I’m very optimistic as they are only demos without her gorgeous voice !
Anyway, I don’t get the hype for Ue La La

Musimak
Musimak
6 months ago

I agree with william. Only ue la la stands out. Personnaly i found the rest disapoonting.

OLY
OLY
6 months ago

my top3 from Romania :

3)La la Love
2)Shoulders
1)Ue la la

Kris
Kris
6 months ago
Reply to  OLY

The votes agree with you