In the run-up to Eurovision 2021, Israel has taken a unique approach. Eden Alene will sing three songs during the country’s 25 January song final — and the power to choose two of those songs rests with the public, who have been voting from among nine demos. (KAN will choose the third song). One of the big favourites to make the national final is the Afro-pop banger “Shoulders”.
The song is giving some of our readers “winner vibes” — and there might be a reason for that. It turns out that the song has a lot more to do with Eurovision 2018 winner “Toy” than you would initially anticipate.
Netta’s brother is a songwriter on “Shoulders”
On Wednesday, Israeli Eurovision news site EuroMix revealed the licensing information of “Shoulders”, one of Eden’s nine demos for Eurovision 2021. The song, which our readers have decided should advance to next month’s final, has some interesting names attached.
The song was licensed to the Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers in Israel on 6 December. The web site shows that Netta’s brother Zohar Barzilai co-wrote, composed and produced the song.
The other songwriter is alternative hip-hop producer Adi Rotem, aka Choke, the man behind Choke Beat Orchestra.
Who’s singing in the “Shoulders” demo?
The “Shoulders” demo singer is Maayan Bukris. While the name might not be familiar to the average Eurofan, Bukris is very familiar with the Eurovision stage. She sang backing vocals for Kobi Marimi in 2019, as well as for Netta in 2018. Both the singer and the songwriter Zohar Barzilai were in Lisbon when Netta lifted the trophy for Israel.
Maayan Bukris also participated in Israel’s version of singing TV show The Four back in 2018. Just from listening to her audition, one can tell the information on the ACUM site holds true. This is certainly the voice we hear on the “Shoulders” demo.
Will “Shoulders” make it to the January national final? Will Netta’s brother live up to his sister’s success? Let us know in the comments below!