Israel is changing its national final plans again. Despite earlier expectations that singer Eden Alene would perform her three songs live at the national final on January 25, KAN will reportedly instead broadcast music videos of the finalist songs.
The scaled-down format of the song selection show HaShir Shelanu L’Eurovizion comes as a response to Covid-19 restrictions in Israel.
Because of the pandemic situation, broadcaster KAN had to rethink some of their plans. After already having scrapped its plans to have a 16-song multi-week national final, the broadcaster has made another cut. Eden will still present three potential Eurovision songs, but there will be tweaks to the show format.
According to Israeli site EuroMix, instead of a live show, the voting will take place based solely on music videos. KAN will still broadcast a January 25th live show hosted by Eurovision 2019 co-host Lucy Ayoub, but Eden will not perform the three entries live.
Additionally, the professional jury will not be present. Initially, the plan was to have the televoting make up 40% of the vote, but now the vote will be decided by 100% televote.
Israel — which is now in preparations for a fourth legislative election in two years — is facing Covid-related issues. Despite a successful start to vaccination season, the number of coronavirus cases is still soaring. As a result, Israel has gone into an extremely tight nationwide lockdown. This prevents many public events from taking place, and many limitations on transportation are in place.
This in turn makes holding a full national final in less than two weeks seem almost impossible.
Eden Alene’s Eurovision journey
Three potential Eurovision 2021 songs have been shortlisted for Eden Alene. At the grand final on January 25, viewers will have to choose between “La La Love”, “Set Me Free” and “Ue La La”. Voting will open on 19 January and run until the grand final on 25 January.
While music videos won’t give viewers the same experience as a live performance, viewers will still be familiar with Eden’s talents singing live.
Eden originally won Israel’s Eurovision 2020 artist selection HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion. She was due to perform at Eurovision 2020 with the song “Feker libi”. After Eurovision 2020 was cancelled, KAN gave Eden the return ticket to Rotterdam.
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