Eden Alene Israel Set Me Free Eurovision 2021

Eden Alene will represent Israel at Eurovision 2021 with “Set Me Free”.

Eden was originally due to sing “Feker Libi” at Eurovision 2020. However, the contest was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But, just like several other countries, Israel rested its usual artist selection process for one year and internally selected Eden instead. Her entry “Set Me Free” beat out two other tracks in a televised song selection show.

And now we’ve compiled 10 facts you need to know about Eden Alene. Let’s do this!

Israel at Eurovision 2021: Facts about Eden Alene

1. She will be the first Ethiopian solo artist at Eurovision

The Ethiopian-Armenian Vahe Tilbian may have sung for Armenia in 2015 as part of Genealogy, but Eden Alene will the first Ethiopian to go solo at the contest. In Israel, that’s a big deal, because the Ethiopian minority is often underrepresented in key roles. Recent controversies also arose over the treatment of the Ethiopian minority in the country. Her 2020 song “Feker Libi” even included Ethiopian instruments and Amharic lyrics.

2. She loves her roots and this she knows!

Just like her song “Roots” suggests, Eden is proud of her background. Both her parents were born and raised in Ethiopia. Speaking to Maariv after the 2020 national selection, Alene said: “I think I’m going to concentrate on me having a dark colour, brown chocolate. It’s going to be my own #MeToo. But I’ll bring it out through the music.” She also said being Israel’s first black representative since 2006 is a source of pride for her.

3. She served in the Israeli Defense Forces

Eden Alene started her mandatory army service in October 2018. During her time she was lead vocalist in the Israel Defence Forces band. Here’s a video of her military base welcoming her back after winning the Israeli selection in 2020. In fact, Eden was still serving when she was initially selected for Eurovision over a year ago. She had to carefully manage her time between the army and performing.

4. She’s close with her mum

Eden grew up in Katamon, a multi-cultural neighbourhood in Jerusalem, with her two Ethiopian parents. They divorced when Eden was only two and today she lives with her mother Zehava. She’s no longer in touch with her father. Leaving their past behind, Eden and her mother – a single daughter and a single mum – moved to the southern town of Kiryat Gat. Her mum worked as a housekeeper to help fund her daughter’s dreams.

5. She’s got the X Factor

In the third season of X Factor Israel, then 17-year-old Eden Alene took gold. She brought pride to the Ethiopian minority in Israel with some stunning performances. Watch her mum freak out with joy backstage during Eden’s first audition. Having won The Next Star for Eurovision in 2020, Eden is the only Israeli to have won two major reality singing shows.

6. She’s got confidence

When she participated in X Factor Israel, she kept her expectations low until she won. However, she showed impeccable optimism coming into The Next Star for Eurovision,. “The crowd loved me, I was good, I worked my ass off. I came to win”, she told Walla!. She showed the same kind of power after the announcement that she will represent Israel at Eurovision 2021. She told KAN on live TV: “Our song will be even better, even though [“Feker Libi”] was stunning, and we will win!”.

7. She’s a dancer

Those who’ve followed Eden’s career through the years will have noticed her strong dance skills. Her live performances regularly feature highly choreographed routines. Eden has danced since childhood, studying ballet for ten years.

8. She’s an anime otaku

In her first Next Star interview, Eden was asked when she started singing. She then told the story of how she sat on a bench as a little girl and sang songs from Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch — an anime TV series. According to her, people would occasionally walk by and ask her to keep singing.

9. She’s a Eurofan

Speaking to Walla!, Eden revealed her love for Eurovision. “I didn’t go to Next Star because it’s a reality TV show. I came because it’s Eurovision, one of the biggest things in existence today, one of the biggest stages in the world. (…) Eurovision has always been a dream, but I only realised it was a dream after Kobi Marimi’s [year].” In February 2019, Eden released a cover of Brotherhood of Man’s Eurovision 1976 winner “Save Your Kisses for Me”.

10. She has quite the vocal range

From Australia’s Kate Miller-Heidke to Albania’s Eugent Bushpepa, Eurovision has seen its fair share of wide-range singers. However, Eden may be on track to set a new vocal record in Rotterdam. Fans have noted that the whistle note in “Set Me Free” might be the highest note in Eurovision history. According to Eurovision 2014’s ‘Book Of Records’, the highest note thus far belongs to Maja Blagdan and “Sveta ljubav” (Croatia 1996), which has a Bb6. But Eden’s B6 note is one half-note higher, making her the new record holder. This isn’t the first time Eden has showcased her ridiculous five-octave range. The pre-chorus for “Savior in the Sound” (0:35) sees the singer uses her low chest registers, hitting a C2 note, then end the performance with some wild high notes. She’s got a set of pipes!

Can Eden prolong Israel’s qualification streak? What do you think of “Set Me Free”? Let us know in the comments below.

Read more Eurovision 2021 artist facts here.

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Maya G
Maya G
23 days ago

A correction to clause 8 – Eden hasn’t been living with her mother for more than a year. She moved to Jaffa on August 2020, and before that she was shacking with her boyfriend at his place in Tel Aviv for six months (they’re still together but live separately).
Source: https://www.mako.co.il/music-weekend-magazine/Article-60c2725dd70c471026.htm

sombooty
sombooty
23 days ago

Israel is not ready to win again! But the live stage will definitely make this a top 10 at least

Ted
Ted
23 days ago

Set me free the revamp is so under rated in the polls. Easily the best of “the girls” dance songs. That high note sets it apart from the rest. It’s fresh, it’s funky and very current. The music video is very slick. This girl has natural stage presence.
This will qualify. Deserves a top 5 place in the final. But we’re not ready to go back to Israel just yet.

Maya G
Maya G
24 days ago

I agree with most of the commenters here, Eden is a star and an incredible singer, wasted on a mediocre song. With the right song she’d be vying for victory. I am however sure she’ll make the most of it, she’s one heck of a performer. PS – Eden is not Ethiopian, she’s an Israeli of Ethiopian descent. She was born in Israel and was never a citizen of Ethiopia. Most Israelis descend from some Diaspora, Nadav Guedj is of Algerian descent, Shiri Maimon is of Moroccan and Tunisian descent, Dana International is of Yemen descent, Hovi Star is of… Read more »

Last edited 24 days ago by Maya G
tomtomtom
tomtomtom
24 days ago

Eden will easily qualify in semi 1. Before the revamp it was borderline.

Kas
Kas
25 days ago

Fact 11 Israel pick up…Rtists from it’s army forces using specific…criteria

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
24 days ago
Reply to  Kas

It is mandatory to serve in the army, so like, nearly all of the people here have served lol
Eden competed and won fairly 🙂

Richy
Richy
21 days ago
Reply to  Kas

Disgusting comment

Aeria
Aeria
25 days ago

I’m rooting for her. The fact Croatia is higher than her in the odds to qualify in SF1 is a joke, really.

Safiya
Safiya
25 days ago

She’s beautiful and very talented and I think she deserves a much better song (even though her entry this year is still okay).

Leo
Leo
25 days ago

She’s one of those really good artists with great visuals but wasted on a not so good song!
Hope she returns another year with a much better song

Colin
Colin
25 days ago

11. She has the talent and charisma to match Gjon, Barbara, and Destiny in the betting odds.

12. It ain’t happening this year, sadly. Still, she has a shot at qualifying.

ROXELANA
ROXELANA
25 days ago

I personally prefer the first version and don’t think that a revamp was really necessary. I don’t mind the revamp at all, but I loved the whole funky vibe in the first version which I kinda miss here. I also don’t really like the repetition of “I’ma I’ma Ah I’ma make it on my own”.

And dk if I am the only one, but I really loved the chords on the demo version which they took out in both of Eden’s versions.

Overall, a singer whose potential is wasted

Sot
Sot
25 days ago

11.The initial version of the song was more original and less forced.

12.I’m going to get downvoted for the 11th fact.

Last edited 25 days ago by Sot
Dawid
Dawid
25 days ago
Reply to  Sot

It was boring. I forgot it existed. This one at least have high notes

Sot
Sot
25 days ago
Reply to  Dawid

Yes but what I’m saying is that the high notes were only added to satisfy the younger audience (or the ‘YAS QUEEN SLAY’ fans)

Rob
Rob
25 days ago

Such a talented artist with such a bad song.. especially the chorus is the most weak of all the songs this year… israel should have chosen la la love