Back in January, Eden Alene was the second Eurovision 2021 to have her song revealed. But now the Israeli singer is getting a revamp of her song “Set Me Free” and a new music video ahead of her Rotterdam appearance.
“Now it’s official. Next week an improved version of the Israeli song will be released, and with a new clip being filmed today. In the meantime, here’s a glimpse.”
The video shows Eden in the midst of shooting the new music video for “Set Me Free”. The video is set in a classical courtyard, filmed at night. The scene is set with lanterns, pillars and park benches — and the ground is wet, giving everything a moody glow.
Eden is seen slowly stepping towards the camera in time with the music. She’s followed by a posse of backing dancers who are moving in time with the music as well. The video’s director can be heard instructing, “Energy, everyone! Hands up!”
But as well as a new music video, the song sounds different. From the short excerpt heard in the music video, it seems that the song has a darker, more bass-heavy sound. The lighter funky tone of the original version has been revamped into a version that contrasts with Eden’s sweet vocal tones.
Eden Alene’s Eurovision journey
Eden originally won the 2020 edition of the singing contest The Next Star for Eurovision. Her song for Eurovision 2020 was decided through another show, The Next Song for Eurovision. This resulted in “Feker libi” being selected, which would have been her entry for Eurovision 2020.
After the 2020 edition of the song contest was cancelled, Eden received the return ticket to represent Israel in Rotterdam. Her song for 2021 was selected via Our Song for Eurovision 2021, where the public voted for songs based on their video clips.
“Set Me Free” won the vote, however Israeli Eurovision site Euromix later reported that the song would be revamped. At the time they wrote that “The decision was made at the request of the composers in light of the heavy criticism that was heard about the song.”
The revamped version of “Set Me Free” is expected to be released by the end of the month.