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.”
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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!