Producers behind Eden Alene’s Eurovision 2021 song selection are down to three entries. And if Israel Hayom culture editor Eran Suissa has it right, those three entries are: “La La Love”, “Ue La La” and “Set Me Free”. He shared his report on Tuesday, but without revealing his source for the leak.

The Israeli broadcaster isn’t giving anything away. In fact, as Israeli web site EuroMix reports, KAN says there’s nothing to confirm yet. The official reveal of the three songs that Eden will record for her one-woman national final will be officially unveiled on Sunday, January 3. Voting is set to take place from January 19 to January 24 before the January 25 finale, entitled “Our Song for Eurovision 2021”.

Last month Israel revealed nine demos, which were widely panned by fans on social media. A public vote, which closed on December 14, is responsible for selecting two of the songs. While the third and final song is chosen by a KAN committee.

Eden Alene’s final three songs: Our poll results

The results of the unofficial poll from Wiwibloggs paint a slightly different picture. The three songs reportedly selected by KAN all made our top 4. However, there is one glaring absence. “Shoulders” topped our poll with more than 25% of all votes — or 869 to be exact.

“Ue La La” was a very close second with just 3 fewer votes. “La La Love” finished third with our readers, with 550 votes, while “Set Me Free” came fourth with 356 votes.

 

  1. “Shoulders” 25.05% (869 votes)
  2. “Ue La La” 24.96% (866 votes)
  3. “La La Love” 15.85% (550 votes)
  4. “Set Me Free” 10.26% (356 votes)
  5. “Can’t Stop a Hurricane” 9.02% (313 votes)
  6. “Coming Out” 5.25% (182 votes)
  7. “Rise Up Today” 3.23% (112 votes)
  8. “Spilling Magic” 4.3% (149 votes)
  9. “Flying” 2.08% (72 votes)

Total Votes: 3,469

We discuss Eden’s 9 demos from 8:20 in our podcast below.

We received votes from 81 different countries. But even if we narrow the results down to just those from Israel, a similar pattern emerges at the top of the table.

We received a total of 499 votes from Israel. These are the results:

  1. “Shoulders” 33.07% 165 votes
  2. “Ue La La” 17.03% 85
  3. “Set Me Free” 13.03% 65
  4. “La La Love” 11.62% 58
  5. “Can’t Stop a Hurricane” 8.22% 41
  6. “Spilling Magic” 5.81% 29
  7. “Coming Out” 4.01% 20
  8. “Rise Up Today” 3.61% 18
  9. “Flying” 3.61% 18

Total votes from Israel: 499

What do you think? Which three demos did you vote for? Will you be royally upset if “Shoulders” doesn’t advance to the three-song final?

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Pastora Soler
Pastora Soler
5 months ago

They are not gonna pick it but UE la la is absolutely a bop and a hit. I think in Israel are gonna happen the same than in Spain with Lo malo. They are gonna choose shoulders like in Spain Tu canción, but the big hit in discos across the country… UE LA LA!!! I’m already a fan hahha

Nitzan
Nitzan
5 months ago

I couldn’t imagine a scenario where Shoulders is not in the running – If this is true it’s absolutely fishy to me. Frankly, without Shoulders I kind of lost interest.

Rob
Rob
5 months ago
Reply to  Nitzan

Shoulders had a pretty clear lead in all the polls I’ve seen so far, but you must remember that Wiwi’s poll is based on just less than 3,500 votes which is a minuscule fragment of the number of votes submitted on Kan’s online voting platform. In most of the polls ‘Shoulders’ gains about 25% of all votes which is quite alarming TBH because it’s like winning by default for a lack of better choices. You can’t also rule out that it finished third or lower with the public vote and that the jury didn’t consider it as its top choice.… Read more »

Mahi Mahi
Mahi Mahi
5 months ago

Now that we know that Aline Cohen, which is mostly-hated in Israel (for being this fake, plastic-surgery victim who sales cheap beauty products and involved in many dumb controversies)
I doubt that Ue-la-la will be considered my most Israelis as a potential song.
I don’t think it will be selected. No-one In Israel wants to ship Aline Cohen abroad to discuss the song in Eurovision interviews.. She’s just too dumb to represent anyone but herself..
She’s like a cheap local copy of Kim Kardashian

Mahi Mahi
Mahi Mahi
5 months ago
Reply to  Mahi Mahi

About the commercial stuff – Do we all remember the video clip of Milim?
It’s like one big commercial break!

Mahi Mahi
Mahi Mahi
5 months ago
Reply to  Mahi Mahi

The more I think about it, the more I’m ok with La-la-love.
It could be revamped to be this sick dance song about love and freedom, the end of corona and whatnot.
If they add high notes and cool runs to the song to emphasize Eden’s skills, it could be a potential winner.

Clark
Clark
5 months ago

I’m just feeling sad for Eden. No other way to describe it – KAN got scammed by Ue La La writers. As an Israeli you guys must understand that one of the writers is a known celebrity with no connection what so ever to the music world. She is the owner of her makeup brand. He products being sold on ‘Be’, a pharmaceutical company he in Israel (Be Be Be is the chorus). One of her product is named Mon Cheri. I can’t see a realistic way for this song to continue in the contest. I hope that KAN will… Read more »

Una
Una
5 months ago
Reply to  Clark

Taking these product placement allegations at face value – aren’t there ruuules that prohhibit association of commmercial products with Eurovision unless allowed by *EBU*?

Pastora Soler
Pastora Soler
5 months ago
Reply to  Clark

And?? I don’t care about the writer and his life in Israel, I care about the song.

And for me Ue la la is really catchy. For sure should be one lf the 3 songs in your National Final.

Andi
Andi
5 months ago

La La Love? Wait…. Ivi, is it you? 🙂

eerr
eerr
5 months ago

Apparently, Ue La La Love may be disqualified since the song is partly written by Alene Cohen who manages a self-made managing makeup company in Israel and one of their market lead product is called Mon Chéri which is repeated in the song a lot. KAN regulations say that songs with commercial messages are forbidden in the national final.
This is what I’ve heard

eerr
eerr
5 months ago
Reply to  eerr

This is what Israeli media are reporting as well.

eerr
eerr
5 months ago
Reply to  eerr

*Ue La La

Rob
Rob
5 months ago
Reply to  eerr

You switch ‘Mon Cheri’ with ‘Mon Mari’ or ‘Mon amour’ and problem solved. This is not grounds for disqualification because it can be easily fixed, but after ‘Shoulders’ got the boot (allegedly), then nothing will surprise me from now until Sunday’s official announcement.

Clark
Clark
5 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Changing the lyrics won’t help. That is still unfair because the song is commercial and that is now out officially. Other songs like Shoulders and Hurricane didn’t get the chance to revamp because of that. ‘Knob’ is a co-writer of the song and he is an Israeli commercial music producer. He probably works with brands such as ‘Be’ by Shufersal. ‘Be’ is part of the chorus and ‘Mon Cheri’ is her product. This should be banned immediately in order to give the other songs a chance.

Una
Una
5 months ago
Reply to  Clark

If all these allegations are true – didn’t anyone “vet” the lyrical content and any potential confllict of interesst? I mean, enough about jurors in the big contest that don’t care about lyrics. It’s a national selection that we’re talking about. There should be various layers of checks before the songs are released.

Rob
Rob
5 months ago
Reply to  Clark

The selection committee was supposed to go over all the submitted songs with the songwriting credits being UNDISCLOSED. Whether that’s what took place or not is a legitimate question since there have been allegations of ethics, transparency and even collusion among the 6 member committee (at least in the past). However, it’s somewhat far-fetched to believe that any committee member could have guessed that subliminal advertising was the motive behind Ue-La-la. I would also argue that ‘Be-Be’ is related to ‘baby’ in French as in ‘baby boy’ or as an endearing and seductive term. Any decent committee member couldn’t have… Read more »

Talentina Monetta
Talentina Monetta
5 months ago

This selection feels very rushed, even though they had a lot of time to prepare. Getting Eden to sing the demos would have been so much better, because the artist’s connection with the song is also a very important part of the whole package.

Rob
Rob
5 months ago

Bad decisions were made with good intentions and that’s an irrefutable fact. Ever since 2015 there’s been a fixation about separating the song selection from the artist, which means their hands are tight if they don’t connect with the song or songs imposed on them. However, if you have a music studies degree, a background in music production and a headstrong personality, you’re not going to allow some TV executives or hot shot producers take you for a ride. That’s why Netta and Hovi Star had leverage in shaping the final version of songs they were initially opposed to. In… Read more »

Rob
Rob
5 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Hands are TIED of course in a tight situation.

Mahi Mahi
Mahi Mahi
5 months ago

I voted for la la love beause I honestly thought it’s a “well baked” song. Also, no-one here realized it’s sung by Kitria, the runner up of the Next Rising Star 2019?

Shoulders feels too underbaked – I hated the weird flow of it, no verse seems to transition to the next one well.. the lyrics don’t fit the beat of the song, there are too many long breaks between lines/verses. I was really surprised the ESC community liked it – it’s really bad.

Mahi Mahi
Mahi Mahi
5 months ago
Reply to  Mahi Mahi

Many people here criticize the lyrics of la la love – do you realize that the words are the easiest to change, right?

Mahi Mahi
Mahi Mahi
5 months ago
Reply to  Mahi Mahi

One last thought – People also complain that la la love sounds like Bassa Sababa. Well, If Eurovision is ok with “Lovers of the sun” copy as a winner we shouldn’t obsess with this one either.. Just saying..

Colin
Colin
5 months ago
Reply to  Mahi Mahi

I realize that a lot of fans simply don’t care much about the lyrics. To each their own, I guess. Some lyrical changes can happen in the cases of revamps, but in vast majority of cases, the main core stays the same. Which is logical, because why would the producers pick that song out of dozens if such an important element needs to be entirely changed? And if by any chance the lyrics would change, it would become partially a different song, which would carry an entirely new assessment on my part.

Last edited 5 months ago by Colin
Mahi Mahi
Mahi Mahi
5 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I care about the lyrics, a lot. Not so much when it’s a demo though..

Colin
Colin
5 months ago
Reply to  Mahi Mahi

Okay, fair enough. I agree, some lyrics may change for the better. I just wouldn’t count on total lyrical reconstruction (knowing how typical revamps go). But if only the few cringiest ones go away, it would bring the song up. 😉

Last edited 5 months ago by Colin
Rob
Rob
5 months ago

The identity of the 3 songwriting teams crafting the 3 demos was revealed this morning by the same columnist who leaked their titles yesterday. Only 2 out of the 7 writers previously submitted a song for the Israeli national selection and made it to the actual show, but that was almost 10 years ago. Others played a part in the commercial success of at least one local radio hit and the rest have no significant prior experience in producing a commercial hit. In short, their overall lack of a consistent Eurovision engagement isn’t going to work in their favor. Ue-La-La… Read more »

Rob
Rob
5 months ago
Reply to  Rob

…and speaking about the 2 co-writers participating in the 2011 national selection, their 2011 entry is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhUrqKLVNP0.
‘Be-be-be me gonna be my be-be-be’ is the new ‘I’m loving it loving it loving it ah ah’.
I recognize that electro-beat in my sleep, only it already sounded like a 90’s reject back in 2011 so…

Mahi Mahi
Mahi Mahi
5 months ago
Reply to  Rob

“Ue la la” style is a music style that has really became popular here in the kast year or two. It really tries to mimic Eden Ben Zaken/No’a Kirel style of “attitude songs”
for a recent example:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2diwTjo4Io

Rob
Rob
5 months ago
Reply to  Mahi Mahi

I get it, but it’s a very meager and thin song, almost abstract by its nature. The production maybe expensive but it only covers for the meaningless lyrics and the basic melodic line. Maybe the revamp will prove to be very effective and ingenious, but I doubt it will be good enough for qualification since Eurovision is heading into a much more quality-based, intelligent and empowering songs direction. Even if you are going for a lighthearted feelgood song, a banger or an inspirational bop, it has to be intricate and innovative enough or otherwise it will be downgraded. Every country… Read more »

Colin
Colin
5 months ago

If these rumors are true, I am surprised, as I was expecting Shoulders to make it. Perhaps Spilling Magic or Can’t Stop a Hurricane too, with the help of the jury. Three rumored finalists are close in quality, IMHO. All of them have something going for them in the musical aspect, especially Ue La La, but their lyrics really aren’t the strongest. Ue La La’s lyrical content is overtly simple, La La Love’s is accidentally hilarious and Set Me Free’s is oddly matched with it’s music (upbeat drop with lyrics about being trapped). I am sure that Eden will be… Read more »

marron
marron
5 months ago

UE LA LA is the best from the 3. I’ve heard “la la love” and it’s too childish for Eden, and “set me free” with the words “tick tack, chick chac” it’s just cringe! so the best from all 3 is “UE LA LA” it can be top 10 or maybe top 5. we need to hear the revamp on the 3/1..

Last edited 5 months ago by marron
Pastora Soler
Pastora Soler
5 months ago
Reply to  marron

I love it, if it wins i’m gonna vote for her. The others songs mehhhhh.. Just ok or bad.

Izhar Levy
Izhar Levy
5 months ago

We’re so gonna stay in the SF this year 🙁

marron
marron
5 months ago

UE LA LA!!! yasssssss slay!!!! omg i’m dead!!! yasssss!!

marron
marron
5 months ago
Reply to  marron

wait… I CAN’T!!!! my favorite song “Ue La La” is going to win!!! i’m dead!!! omgggggg hahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!

Sam
Sam
5 months ago

I’m not even bothering to follow the Israeli selection news this year because I know that nothing will be better than Feker Libi and it will end up being a disappointment.

Neil
Neil
5 months ago

I agree with the results Except change Set me free with Shoulders. Hopefully shoulders is on the official one. I like Ue La la but it is not for ESC and def not for Eden.

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
5 months ago

Unpopular opinion but I have nothing against not having Shoulders in the final. Not everyone wants to sing a Netta song. The moment I heard it I thought of Netta. I’m sure her brother wrote it for her but she wanted him to have a chance at Eurovision experience and fame. In general – I don’t know what went wrong. All the songs have some horrible cringey lyrics. That’s one of the reasons I want Ue La La to win – it relies on them the least. If they tighten up the production and add a strong section, with Eden’s… Read more »

Asaf Rokni
Asaf Rokni
5 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

Oh please… I assume you don’t speak hebrew my darling. Ue la la probably has the cringiest lyrics I’ve heard. There is no real meaning and message to the song and it is almost comic.
I recommend you to read its translation. As a fluent hebrew speaker, when I heard the song I didn’t know whether to laugh, cry or cringe.

Colin
Colin
5 months ago
Reply to  Asaf Rokni

He did say that all 3 songs have weak lyrics, but that Ue La La relies on them the least. You are saying that the Hebrew part of the lyrics is cringey? Feel free to share by all means.

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
5 months ago
Reply to  Asaf Rokni

To me Ue La La lyrics are so nonsensical that I don’t pay any attention to them. I kinda feel like they just threw some words in that would sound fun and drive the beat. ,,You got me pelican fly-fly-flyin’ ” and ,,yeah, yeah fuego” as so many other high placed songs (,,La la la la la la la la la la la la la la la-love”) weren’t gonna win any literary contests but no one cared. I know the lyrics are abysmal but I still prefer them to ,,You keep crushing candy till you fall asleep”, ,,Let’s live in… Read more »

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
5 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

And just to be clear – I wish all the songs would receive a complete lyrical overhaul before the national final.

Jamie
Jamie
5 months ago

Yeah… no. I’ll rather wait for official results.

Maya G
Maya G
5 months ago

Are they serious?
Shoulders was the only decent song there. I know they’re just demos, but it obviously had the most potential. Eden is a cute girl and an incredible singer, she deserves better.
I’ll reserve judgement for after I hear the final tracks, but it doesn’t look good for Israel.

Una
Una
5 months ago

Really? Leaks, rumours, drrammas, yes for sisterhood, no for sisterhood. I get that some topics get some exposure or traction or clicks. And also that reading them is a choice. I think the final three songs will not be those mentioned in this article.

Balint
Balint
5 months ago

We have only heard the demo version of the songs so far, so let’s not give up on Eden. The revamp of Made of Stars in 2016 was huge, just to say an example.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
5 months ago

I’m predicting all 3 of the final versions will sound significantly different and better at the end of january and ‘set me free’ comes out as the winner since ue la la and la la love cancel each other out.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
5 months ago

Set Me Free and Ue La La were in my TOP 3, but no Shoulders?!

NickC
NickC
5 months ago

This year keeps choosing average songs. I feel we will have another 1999 or 2008 in our hands.

Ashton
Ashton
5 months ago
Reply to  NickC

…..There’s literally only one song chosen so far.

Ashton
Ashton
5 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

Lmao its ok 🙂

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
5 months ago
Reply to  NickC

A bit early to say that ain’t it? I must admit all of these demo’s were quite bland but I can’t remember a single year where people weren’t disappointed with the songs chosen so far in January.

Erasmus
Erasmus
5 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

exactly. except for Albania, Estonia and France have great options in their nf (Estonia probably won’t pick any of their great options, but still). Israel songs will get revamped and it’s hard to judge them without a performance/music video and without Eden’s vocals… and still praying Albania does 2015 and gets completely another song.

RUS
RUS
5 months ago

Every song from Eden’s selection last year was better than these songs. Eden deserves quality songwriters and composers!

RUS
RUS
5 months ago

Unfortunately, Eden won’t win in Rotterdam with any of these songs. I hope KAN surprises us with additional songs we haven’t heard yet to the national final.

Ashton
Ashton
5 months ago

If Shoulders isn’t here, Israel has already sealed eden’s fate as a NQ.

Ashton
Ashton
5 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

Actually, I take it back. All 3 of these could be vastly improved with revamps. But Shoulders was already good, with a revamp possibly taking it to a top 10 finish if eden brought it on stage. These three are fine, and will probably qualify, but won’t do as well as Shoulders might have.

Jake
Jake
5 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

lol i love this

Ashton
Ashton
5 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

Wow, thanks for the downvotes for no reason.

Rob
Rob
5 months ago

If this is indeed true, than ‘Shoulders’ must have paid a price for having its writers’ identity leaked in early December while voting was still going on for more than a week ahead. I can’t see another plausible explanation unless Ue-La-La and La-La-Love left ‘Shoulders’ in the dust in 3rd place. By the way, those are two awful song titles with both having the most cringe worthy and insensitive lyrics around. It’s almost certain that ‘Set Me Free’ is the Jury’s choice because it’s got some potential if the different units in the song are rearranged and assembled in a… Read more »

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
5 months ago

This has to be wrong, right? A year after missing out on “Roots”, there’s no way that Israel miss out on “Shoulders”. I won’t believe it until it’s written down in stone!

Laura
Laura
5 months ago

Shoulders??? I hope it goes to the final. Omg wtf

Idksmth
Idksmth
5 months ago

Hoping for “Shoulders” or “Ue la la” to Rotterdam so I really wish that this isn’t the final 3. Although both seem more like Netta’s songs to me they are the best picks for Israel and Eden this year. Maybe the final product will suprise all of us and give us an Eden twist that makes all of her other songs special.

KostPil
KostPil
5 months ago

I hope thats fake news because I wanted Shoulders to win

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
5 months ago

I don’t like the songs, but if I must make a choice than I hope for “Set me free”.

Joe
Joe
5 months ago

Imagine if there’s another Eurovision song called La La Love

Labenyofi
Labenyofi
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe

That’s one of the reasons I dislike the song. We are always going to be comparing it to Ivi’s song, and I feel bad for saying this, but Eden can not beat Ivi, especially with the other singers already confirmed this year.

If Ivi’s song wasn’t as good as it is, then I would say it would be good for Israel to send it, but they just have too much of an expectation with it.

Fan eurovision
5 months ago

lalalove undoubtedly the public with ue lala and set me free the organization has chosen internally as planned. shoulders strongly disappointed who are not but there is ue lala bop bop bop.