Earlier this week, Israel broadcaster KAN confirmed their song for Eurovision 2021 would receive a revamp ahead of Rotterdam. And now, a snippet of Eden Alene’s new version of “Set Me Free” has surfaced online. The song and music video will be officially released on Friday — but you can get a sneak peek at the track in the newspaper Israel Hayom.
Israel: Eden Alene’s “Set Me Free” revamp snippet surfaces online
Fundamentally, the overall composition and structure remains similar. However, there are some major changes that won’t go unnoticed.
The new version of “Set Me Free” has a darker, more bass-heavy sound when compared to the funky tones of the original track. This new sound provides a greater contrast between the music itself and Eden’s sweet vocal. She shows off the full extent of her vocal capacity, with flourishes and whistle tones throughout. If Eden can nail her notes on the night, this will surely impress the juries and help see her through to the grand final.
As the song approaches its climax, there is a drum build up before the final drop of the last chorus. This helps build momentum, and makes the track feel more complete.
One of the biggest changes is that the key change in the final chorus has been removed completely. Fans heavily criticised this section of the song, deeming the modulation jarring and unnecessary. This change shows the songwriting team are actively listening to the feedback of Eurovision fans and critics.
The full version of Israel’s newly-revamped Eurovision 2021 track will be released tomorrow at noon local time.
Eden Alene at Eurovision
Eden originally earned the Israeli ticket to Rotterdam after winning the 2020 edition of the singing contest HaKokhav HaBa L’Eurovizion — “The Next Star for Eurovision”. She later presented the public with a number of songs in HaShir HaBa L’Eurovizion — “The Next Song for Eurovision”. Eventually, Israel chose “Feker Libi” for Eden to sing in Rotterdam.
Following the cancellation of the 2020 contest, KAN internally selected Eden to sing for Israel again in 2021. In an adapted version of HaShir Shelanu L’Eurovizion, Eden Alene presented the Israeli public with three potential Eurovision 2021 songs — “Ue La La”, “La La Love” and “Set Me Free”. The latter won the ticket to Rotterdam with a staggering 71.3% of the total vote.
Following the song’s victory, Israeli Eurovision site Euromix reported that the song would be revamped. At the time, they wrote “the decision was made at the request of the composers in light of the heavy criticism that was heard about the song.”
At Eurovision, Eden Alene will perform “Set Me Free” in the second half of semi-final one.
What do you think of the “Set Me Free” revamp? Which version of the track do you prefer? Let us know in the comments below!