It looks like the leak flowed in the right direction. Israel’s broadcaster KAN have finally and officially confirmed the three songs that Eden Alene will sing in her Eurovision 2021 national final: “La La Love”, “Ue La La” and “Set Me Free”.

In a Carpool Karaoke style video, filmed alongside Eurovision 2019 co-host Lucy Ayoub, Eden sings snippets of the three songs — the titles of which each consist of three syllables.

Last month Israel revealed nine demos. A public vote, which closed on December 14, selected two of the songs. The third and final song was chosen by a KAN committee. KAN has not revealed which songs made it through which route. Here’s how KAN captioned their reveal video upload:

“Get a first taste: Eden and Lucy sing excerpts of the three songs that went to the grand final — two according to the audience’s choice, and one according to the song’s choice committee. From January 19, voting will open on the site here and you, and only you, will determine which song we will be sent this year to represent us at the Eurovision.”

“These days Eden and the team are working around the clock, in the meantime you are invited to join Eden’s ride with Lucy, which will lead the broadcast of ‘Our Song to Eurovision’ on January 25.”

Voting is set to take place from January 19 to January 24.

“Shoulders” is not among the finalists

When we reported on the leak on December 29, readers on our web site were outraged that “Shoulders” — considered a fan favourite — was not on the list.

KostPiL wrote: “I hope that’s fake news because I wanted Shoulders to win.”

Briekimchi wrote: “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!”

The results of the unofficial poll from Wiwibloggs also put “Shoulders” on top.

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

What do you think? Which song does Eden seem most comfortable with? What could translate well to the stage? Let us know in the comments box below!

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zeev
zeev
5 months ago
Pastora Soler
Pastora Soler
5 months ago
Reply to  zeev

Ok. They destroyed Ue lala 🙁

zeev
zeev
5 months ago
Reply to  Pastora Soler

I just think this song does not fit Eden’s voice or character and made corrections to her voice but it will not be on stage I hope.

gilpgilpgilp
gilpgilpgilp
5 months ago
Reply to  zeev

It’s pretty clear Eden is going to have to take this one on her back for it to do well. The songs by themselves are disappointing, especially compared to last year. Shoulders was the only one that stood out.

Rob
Rob
5 months ago

We now have 20 second snippets of Eden’s studio recordings from KAN’s Eurovision Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=729741277981120 https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=238805377817273 https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=767017317356808 The songwriters insisted that KAN releases those snippets as soon as possible because the Carpool Karaoke video gave the impression that Eden had a strong connection with La-La-Love while seeming to feel a certain unease with the other songs. It’s also reported that some of the lyrics in Ue-La-La were already replaced in order to comply with EBU guidelines. The jury’s song choice was the one ranked third by the online voting. This means that the 3 national final songs were the… Read more »

Ted
Ted
5 months ago

I love Set me free. I hope people vote for that one. ?

Mahi Mahi
Mahi Mahi
5 months ago

This feels like Golden boy 2.0 – the fandom cancels these songs as being “cheap and idiotic” (emphsise on La la love),
People will love this the moment this goes on stage.

And Nadav can only dream of Eden’s vocals.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
5 months ago
Reply to  Mahi Mahi

Golden boy was received positively though?

Mahi Mahi
Mahi Mahi
5 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Not at the begging. Most of the fans cancelled it for being stupid. even Wiwibloggers themselves (watch their reaction back in 2015).

Everything turned when the rehearsals started – it became a fan favorite and at its peak, it was the 9th place in the bookies.

I honestly feel like fans just want to have something to complain about.
I expect it to really shine when it’s sung live with real staging and all.

Mahi Mahi
Mahi Mahi
5 months ago
Reply to  Mahi Mahi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJZ6frhkrv4

“I mean, it’s kinda like Hadise-Karaoke from 2009..”
“No, I really hate this one”
“It’s not bad and it’s not good, It’s kinda in the middle for me”

The only one who said good things about it is William.

Colin
Colin
5 months ago
Reply to  Mahi Mahi

I can see the parallel with Golden Boy, but there’s a big difference. Golden Boy is totally aware of how silly it’s lyrics are, playing if off as a subtle hapless parody of the genre. It successfully did what Denmark tried to do a year earlier. La La Love doesn’t seem to be a self-aware song. It feels like they were going for a lighthearted song of empowerment, but missed the mark. We’ll hear the revamped version, though.

Also, I never said that La La Love won’t qualify. Catchy songs with dodgy lyrics have done so in the past.

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

People also justified why they think golden boy is dumb back in 2015.
People said juries will kill it, it’s a cheap commercial for Tel-Aviv, it’s cheesy, it’s dumb, Israel never qualified, We preferred the song from last year..

It’s all valid points, but the song slayed eventually.

Nudiecrudi
Nudiecrudi
5 months ago

Don’t like any of them.
Seem to be very weak options.
Anyway, good luck to her

Colin
Colin
5 months ago

I’ve listened to these three songs again and I still think that all of them have issues. Set Me Free is very confusing in it’s message. Is she running away from a toxic boyfriend or mutually ending a loving relationship which turned into a friendship? La La Love is hilariously tone deaf with that chorus. Ue La La’s lyrics are just (pardon my French) gibberish. It’s also a blatant, but very effective promotional song for the Be company. It would do wonders on television during their commercial. As stated multiple times in the comments, Shoulders was the strongest song for… Read more »

Last edited 5 months ago by Colin
Sami
Sami
5 months ago

So so disappointing. I hope we don’t see a pattern of other returning artists bringing worse songs than their 2020 entries.

Rob
Rob
5 months ago

This is just another chain in an ongoing comedy of errors whose best punchline will probably be ‘Ue-La-La’ as the final curtain. It’s going to be the perfect mismatch given that one of its co-writers has almost a Million followers on Instagram and a huge inner circle that can be easily led like a herd. The question I have is how long will it take for Eden Alene until she and her label stop putting on a brave face. At what point will she stop being a dutiful soldier who doesn’t question authority when that authority/corporation doesn’t keep its end… Read more »

Rob
Rob
5 months ago
Reply to  Rob

The absence of ‘Shoulders’ from the top 3 songs could have been accepted if KAN would release the voting stats for each of the 6 songs left out. It’s understandable that at this stage it can’t divulge details about which song won the online vote, which came second and how many votes the jury’s favorite received. A proper broadcaster would have an external auditing company checking and verifying the voting results. A transparent and accountable broadcaster would have those results available, but when the organizational culture is such that ‘You take our word for it’ and that ‘We’re not obliged… Read more »

Una
Una
5 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Even eebbuu disclose the SFs results after the contest has its winner. And after they check the numbers multiple times. Maybe the broadcaster will publish the information after the final song is chosen.

Rob
Rob
5 months ago
Reply to  Una

It will be refreshing if they do, but based on past instances – the number of voters and the distribution of the votes have never been released.

Una
Una
5 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Just as a request for clarification: the instagram co-writer you mentioned – what is the person credited for in the song? Does the influencer have any relevant background in music? Something to show *from the past*, not something that may be deemed to be suitable and credible in this occasion.Toda.

Rob
Rob
5 months ago
Reply to  Una

Apparently she ‘performed’ a song called ‘Seven Sins’ back in 2019 which was basically a singing infomercial promoting her new collection of sunglasses. At least there was a disclaimer underneath the video. In this year’s case she probably ‘contributed’ the lyrics with her product placements ‘Mon Cheri’, ‘Be-Be-Be’ and probably the other gibberish that pretends to sound French. Who needs a background when money buys everything…watch at your own discretion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9o2LVKBqd8 (

Una
Una
5 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Hahahaha! OK, “performing” in a video does not imply artistic talent. Not saying that the girl does not have any. Just saying that skill cannot be assessed from a music video or infomercial or whatever these things are called.
Still curious to know whether she contributed music or lyrics or both and what credentials she has for that.

Rob
Rob
5 months ago
Reply to  Una

She’s not credited for lyrics and the music of ‘Seven Sins’. As for Ue-La-La, the full and exact credits will be revealed on the final selection show on January 25th. I only speculated about her contribution to the lazy lyrics.

Vytautas
Vytautas
5 months ago

“Ue La La” sounds the most appealing to me though neither stands out as a TOP15 material to me. Not that “Feker Libi” was any better. Anyways, good luck from Lithuania!

dxi
dxi
5 months ago

From the short clips it’s obvious that she likes La La Love the best. With some changes to the lyrics and some revamping it could become a really nice performance but tbh, none of the songs this year could hold up to the ones from last year.

Marcelo
Marcelo
5 months ago

Are they really letting a song that has the lyrics “I don’t need no medication, I want to infect my generation” go into the national final? Oof… tone-deaf, much? But after all, she seems the most ecstatic about performing “La La Love” and not the others so much. So I hope her most-liked song gets through to Rotterdam. Having said that, we still don’t know about an entire minute of “Ue La La” so who knows what could happen there, potential there is, will they actually seize it? And well, to echo all the feelings that have already been said… Read more »

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
5 months ago

“Shoulders” not being in is a bit silly. I mean, it was clearly the best song. In the same way that Eden made “Roots” completely authentic and her own last year, I thought she could do the same with Shoulders.
Eden will be great, of course, but as with “Feker Libi”, I’ll probably rank it decently because of Eden, not because the song is that good.

Vytautas
Vytautas
5 months ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

“Roots” was amazing, they’ve made a huge mistake by choosing “Feker Libi”, imho.

Sam
Sam
5 months ago

I am absolutely disappointed with the selection of songs but was like “ok Shoulders is kind of a bop so that would be the best shot” and then they don’t even pick it for the final three -_- ue la la annoys the hell out of me and feels sleezy, set me free is bland and generic or as William would say its a get some white paint and paint a line down the middle of the stage kind of generic, that just leaves la la love which is just about barely decent as at least its got some form… Read more »

gilpgilpgilp
gilpgilpgilp
5 months ago
Reply to  Sam

Agree

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
5 months ago

I don’t like any of these silly songs. Israel can do much better !! Sorry no points from me this year !!

Andi
Andi
5 months ago
  1. Set Me Free
  2. Ue La La
  3. La La Love

Nice songs overall

Last edited 5 months ago by Andi
Pastora Soler
Pastora Soler
5 months ago

You are judgindg 3 songs that still are only demos… I agree with you that the process is a mess, BUT we know Israel. We know how they change the song several times before Eurovision. So, stop drama, and let her work with these demos… UE lala for example, we only heard 2min!! And la la love, probly will change some coronavirus lyrics. Let’s wait and see.

gilpgilpgilp
gilpgilpgilp
5 months ago

Well this is entirely disappointing. Shoulders was definitely at least good enough to make the final 3. Something seems wrong here. My problem with Ue La La is that it does not seem to showcase Eden’s voice very much at all. She’s basically talking the whole time.

Sabrina
Sabrina
5 months ago

“Shoulders” was the only one I could see becoming something special when recorded by Eden, so I’m very disappointed. Now it’s between a song that’s actually enjoyable, but could be given to any young female performer in the world (“Set Me Free”), another that in my opinion doesn’t fit Eden’s persona (“Ue La La”) and that third one that I really hope doesn’t win, because the lyrics are not just bad, but also insensitive and reckless. But as some pointed here, the whole process was messy. Voting based on demos that even haven’t her voice on was a terrible idea.… Read more »

John
John
5 months ago

I thought “Set me free” was always the best choice and the one I liked from the get-go out of the nine. The other 2 songs are good but I’m worried that they will run into very similar songs in Rotterdam. “Set Me Free” can be customized to Eden much more and is more unique.

gilpgilpgilp
gilpgilpgilp
5 months ago
Reply to  John

Yeah you could be right about being customized to Eden’s voice. The problem is that it is so generic sounding.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
5 months ago

Like….no offense to the people in charge but…this doesn’t really seem like a good way to go about picking songs? She didn’t even sing them all. I don’t understand the whole “public picks two and KAN picks the third” thing either. And the fact that they won’t tell us which two were the public choice and which one was KAN’s is a little weird…feels a little like they’re hiding something imo. Also not to be rude to the songwriters but….none of these songs stack up to the ones from last year. Last year she would’ve been a sure qualifier but… Read more »

Don Juan
Don Juan
5 months ago

Remind me the point of a national selection based on demos again? These songs are unfinished by definition…why don’t we just make decisions based on the finished songs instead of trying to judge songs that she isn’t even singing?

Alo
Alo
5 months ago

According to reactions around the web, it seems that the Israeli audience wants la la love, so probably that’s the one.

Bryn Collins
Bryn Collins
5 months ago

Ue la la is the best for her and she seems to like it

Marcelo
Marcelo
5 months ago
Reply to  Bryn Collins

Really? Because, honestly, after watching the video with Lucy Ayoub, it seems she’s really stoked about La La Love instead.

Last edited 5 months ago by Marcelo
Teeks
Teeks
5 months ago
Reply to  Marcelo

Yep, I get the impression she low key hates Ue La La, or at least couldn’t be bothered learning it (and it’s my fav ?)

RUS
RUS
5 months ago

KAN needs to introduce new songs produced by ACTUAL PRODUCERS + SONGWRITERS into the national final, otherwise, Eden barely stands a chance of qualifying this year.

RUS
RUS
5 months ago

KAN knew Eden could’ve potentially won with any song from last years selection, so they completely ruined her chances of even qualifying this year. Eden deserves quality composers and songwriters. JUSTICE FOR EDEN!

cats and dogs eurovision
cats and dogs eurovision
5 months ago

Ue La La is so good 🙂

F@ab
5 months ago

I agree. Unfortunately, Eden doesn’t seem to like it since she’s wrong with the lyrics in this snippet!

Linus
Linus
5 months ago

all 4 last year was better then these 3. Sorry Israel

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
5 months ago
Reply to  Linus

Unfortunately yes. I still listen to all of last year’s songs from time to time. It’s so weird there isn’t a single song that matches that quality.

Bart
Bart
5 months ago

Set me Free is the best

Jo.
Jo.
5 months ago

I’m not really a big fan of any of these, but I just hope they don’t go with “Set Me Free”, it’s so bland…

Bimbamboom
Bimbamboom
5 months ago

A bit disappointed that we won’t be able to listen to an Eden version for “Shoulders” because she could definitely have pushed the song to another level with her flavour and interpretation. It was my favourite since it reminded me a bit of “Roots” which I still listen to, plus the Hebrew/Amarik? (i don’t know which language it is) lyrics which is even better. That’s why it sounded like a strong package… So for now I wait for the final versions but I hope that Eden would be able to express her full potential into these 3 proposals and up… Read more »

Ashton
Ashton
5 months ago
Reply to  Bimbamboom

Its called Amharic 🙂

Bimbamboom
Bimbamboom
5 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

Thank you, so as I understood, it is spoken in Ethiopia

Ashton
Ashton
5 months ago
Reply to  Bimbamboom

Yeah, that’s correct!

Alex
Alex
5 months ago

Set Me Free strangely reminds me of Austria’s song for the 2020 competition. I mean overall I am disappointed that Shoulder’s didn’t make it as I think it had the most fan support internally and internationally, but La La Love seems like a good second choice

Nitzan
Nitzan
5 months ago

I’m so sad for Eden, she is one of the best singers we have ever sent to the contest and deserves better. Excluding Shoulders, the best song by far, makes NO sense.

Yes
Yes
5 months ago

Can we blame it on the process itself? First announcing a 16-song televised national final, then ditching it for not having enough quality and publish 9 songs, 3 out of them making the cut, with online voting and 1 KAN wildcard, but then voting again for the favourite, haven’t seen how Eden live performs each song, then doing a show were she actually sings but you don’t get to vote because the voting closed a day ago

Last edited 5 months ago by Yes
Azaad
Azaad
5 months ago
Reply to  Yes

They had a great process in 2020 so the fact that they pursued this messy path tells me than KAN really doesn’t want to win and sabotaged Eden who would be a threat in Rotterdam with a good song.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
5 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

If they win you could always refuse to host though. There isn’t really a need to send a bad song.

Pastora Soler
Pastora Soler
5 months ago

BE BE BE
BE BE!!

Ue lala i can’t stop to sing it!

emnic320
emnic320
5 months ago

Yay !! My top 3 !!

Maya G
Maya G
5 months ago

Yeah, Shoulders was robbed or whatever. I’m bummed. So far the selection process didn’t generate much buzz and KAN didn’t really bother to promote it. My guess is that there wasn’t a huge number of votes which meant that at least one of the songs here made it through because its creators had the motivation to arrange a massive vote. As we say in Hebrew – It’s kosher, but it stinks. Anyway, out of these three songs, I guess would unenthusiastically choose La La Love, but I’ll wait until I hear all three in their final form before I make… Read more »

Alex
Alex
5 months ago

I feel sorry for Eden because it’s clear that last year’s songs were superior.

I honestly don’t like any of the songs, their lyrics are cringy and the production is messy.

poe-tay-toe-chips
poe-tay-toe-chips
5 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Yeah these sound pretty cheap in comparison…I feel bad for her. Last year any one of the four could be considered a gem.

marron
marron
5 months ago

LA LA LOVE.. she’s like it! the others are just cringe!

Nils
Nils
5 months ago

‘la la love’ has the most potential, but the lyrics should be rewritten. singing about ‘partying till the morning’ to ‘infect my generation’ would raise some eyebrows even when there isn’t a global pandemic, but this year they are obviously going to set a lot of people on a very wrong track. also, some of the verses don’t fit the metre.

Ashton
Ashton
5 months ago

these three have potential, but shoulders had the most. although ue la la is my fav out of these, it is obvious from the snippets that eden is the most comfortable singing la la love, so I hope that one wins for her.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
5 months ago

Personally I never understood why people likes shoulders so much. The lyrics were absolute nonsense, and it wasnt musically any better than the rest. I think this is a good spread if we are only going to get 3 of them.

Dara
Dara
5 months ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

Because when looking at last year’s selection, many thought “Roots” was the better song yet “Feker Libi” won. Why did this particular song win? Because she elevated it completely and was more comfortable with it. Out of the 9 songs, “Shoulders” emulates the energy that “Feker Libi” had the most. Shoulders is a high energy, fun, love song and it is the one of the only songs out of the to be able to have this “Eden” impact. This is also quite clear when looking at the video where she clearly loves “La La Love” the most. Shoulders may not… Read more »

Timi
Timi
5 months ago

Shoulders was BEAUTIFUL. I think Ue La La is the best of the three, and it’s so short that they can work a lot on it.

Eden you’re awesome. The songs are still demos, so is not prudent to start to argue deeply about them.

Mikey
Mikey
5 months ago

I love eden but she need an amazing revamp and performance to qualify with these cheep songs. I wish they had her story and backround in the lurics and not these simple lyrics:(

Una
Una
5 months ago

Oh… So much to unpack. And understand.

waitaminuteholdon
waitaminuteholdon
5 months ago
Reply to  Una

And unwillingly accept.

FanESC
FanESC
5 months ago

When you see the video, you’re wondering which song is her favourite, lmao. She is enjoying “La La Love” while she is barely singing “Set me free” and doesn’t even know “Ue La La”‘s lyrics. Evene the girl driving is serving better, lol. Now that “Shoulders” is definitely eliminated, she should just go with her favourite song, even if she ends up lower, at least it will be with a song that she loves. Anyway these are only demos, maybe we could get surprises. “La La Love” has a bit of potential like “Bassa Sababa”, “Set me free” is a… Read more »

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
5 months ago

At first La La Love was definetly NO for me, but now I think it’s actually the best song for her. Ue La La sounds very current and up-to-date and the verses are nice, but the chorus is really bad and it wastes her talent. Such songs are good for Spotify and nothing else. I just hope they will make La La Love sound less childish.

Edit: Ok I’ve heard all three songs again and I think Ue La La is still the best song 😛

Last edited 5 months ago by Eurovision fan
Etienne Micallef
Etienne Micallef
5 months ago

I like the 3 of them to be honest 🙂

Ixuxu
Ixuxu
5 months ago

She is the most confident with La La Love.

cats and dogs eurovision
cats and dogs eurovision
5 months ago

3 very good songs tbh.. well done

Last edited 5 months ago by cats and dogs eurovision
Colin
Colin
5 months ago

Okay then… I cannot comment on their qualification chances, as Eden is extremely charismatic and 2019 had Like It and Say Na Na Na in the finals. I will say that now I see unlikely for Israel to be in *my personal* top 20. Unfortunately, each for their own reasons, these three songs are of mixed quality for me. 🙁
Still, good luck to Eden.

Ashton
Ashton
5 months ago
Reply to  Colin

at least Zena absolutely brought it live, and Like It is reasonably catchy. I cannot say the same for Serhat, however.

Colin
Colin
5 months ago
Reply to  Ashton

At first, I liked Say Na Na Na much more as a song. But I agree that Zena elevated her song in live, while Serhat butchered his. While neither was my qualifier (and I’d put Portugal and Poland instead), Zena’s qualification is much more understandable from the performance standpoint. I can honestly see Eden doing the same to Ue La La or La La Love in live.

Ashton
Ashton
5 months ago
Reply to  Colin

I agree about the Poland Portugal assessment. I had Belarus 11th, so just missing out, and San Marino last bcos I cannot STAND the song or the performance. I am going to keep hoping that the revamps of eden’s songs are outstanding bcos they all have potential. Tbh, for me I’m not worried about whether eden will bring it live, because all of her live 2020 songs were amazing, unlike another artist with multiple songs (looks at Cherry Red sadly).