The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 39 competing songs in Eurovision 2021. Next we turn to Israel where Eden Alene has “Set Me Free”. Were we convinced by her entry? Read on to find out!
Eden Alene – “Set Me Free”
“Set Me Free” reviews
Antranig: Eden Alene is a fantastic artist and performer but “Set Me Free” isn’t worthy of her talents. The song has some great traditional elements and Eden truly turns the average into the enjoyable. I also feel that the song lacks a big climax and seems to continue at the same pace for three minutes. However, the music video gives me hope that they can come up with some memorable choreography and staging. Unfortunately, I’m afraid this is a case of an extraordinary artist with an average song.
Jonathan: It’s clear that Eden Alene is the key ingredient to this package. From the very start, she has helped elevate every song she’s been given through the selections. While the revamp of “Set Me Free” wasn’t a massive overhaul, it gives Eden more performative opportunities for her time on the Eurovision stage, which is where Israel is most likely to pick up some points. And although Eden may sadly be out of reach of a medal, a place in the contest’s record books should she achieve that whistle note is perhaps an even better way of having her name ingrained in Eurovision history.
Josh: After the revamp of “Set Me Free” hit, I felt as if the added tweaks in the production (and even the whistle note) were unnecessary “bells and whistles” that ended up actually taking away from the song itself, and hurting the overall impression. Now, a couple of weeks on, I’ve changed my mind again — and it’s all because of Eden’s authenticity and consistency. She’s always on vocally, and she brings a sense of self-confidence to everything she does. While I still am unsure if “Set Me Free” will achieve what I thought “Feker Libi” could, I have no doubts that Eden will give every last ounce of herself in the performance to give Israel the best possible result.
Robyn: There’s a lot to like about “Set Me Free”. It delivers a fresh and funky sound and perfectly showcases Eden’s vocal talents. I’m not normally a fan of whistle notes, but the way it’s used in “Set Me Free” feels necessary, part of Eden’s continuing cry for liberation. The song loses a little momentum with the post-chorus that pulls away from Eden as a singer. But all up, it’s an enjoyable song. It doesn’t feel like a sure qualifier, but it will be one to look out for at the semi-finals.
Lucy: Eden’s return to Eurovision 2021 was possibly the most anticipated going into the new season, and I truly believe she didn’t disappoint. She has arguably the best vocals in the contest, and the revamp really brought “Set Me Free” in 2021. You can tell how much happier Eden is with the song now it is way more her with the chance to beat the record of highest note ever sung at Eurovision if she pulls it off. Which, let’s face it, she will. This is high-key top quality pop with a dose of sheer coolness, and something we can all dance around to in our lounges in May.
Eden Alene – “Set Me Free” rankings
In the Wiwi Jury we have 24 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 4 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.45/10
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