Sometimes admitting things aren’t as good as they could be is key to setting yourself free. And so it goes for Eden Alene’s Eurovision 2021 song “Set Me Free”, which is set to undergo a revamp for Eurovision 2021.
Israeli Eurovision site EuroMix has confirmed with sources close to Eden and her songwriters that the song will be reworked once more before it hits the Eurovision stage in Rotterdam. EuroMix writes:
“The decision was made at the request of the composers in light of the heavy criticism that was heard about the song, and with the approval of Aroma Music, the record company where the singer is signed, and with the support of the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation.”
It’s thought Eden’s team plan to submit the new version by mid-March when the Head of Delegations meeting takes place. However, the same sources tell EuroMix that KAN believes the EBU will still grant them approval to update their song after this point, just as they did with Kobi Marimi’s Eurovision 2019 entry “Home”. That means we may not hear the final version until the end of March.
KAN previously confirmed on Twitter that the song has an alternate version entirely in Hebrew called “Khofshiya”, which means “free”. It’s not clear how heavily they will borrow from this other version.
In January, Israel’s national final determined which of three songs Eden would perform in Rotterdam. It was based solely on pre-recorded music videos rather than live performances. “Set Me Free” beat out “La La Love” and “Ue La La” with over 70% of the televote.
Eden Alene won Israel’s Eurovision 2020 selection “The Next Star”, and a song selection later paired her with “Feker Libi”. She was invited back to Eurovision 2021 following the cancellation of last year’s show.
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