“Set Me Free” was selected on Monday to represent Israel at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest, planned for May 18 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
The song, performed by Eden Alene, got the most votes of the three final songs on the pre-Eurovision program broadcast by Kan public broadcaster.
Alene, who was meant to compete with the song “Feker Libi” in the 2020 Eurovision that was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. She also performed the other two songs, “La La Love,” and “Ue La La,” but “Set Me Free” got the most votes from the audience, who had voted online before and during the show.
“Feker Libi” could not be entered into this year’s contest because the Eurovision management decided that participating countries could not perform the songs they had submitted last year. “Feker Libi” had been very popular among Eurovision fans, who had expected it to do well in the competition.
“Set Me Free” was written and composed by producer Noam Zlatin, director Ron Carmi and Ido Netzer. Netzer is the grandson of Effi Netzer, a giant of Hebrew music, who composed Israeli classics like “Ballad for the Medic” and “Someone Always Walks With Me.”
During Monday’s broadcast, the writers said it had been written only three days before the deadline for entering the competition.
The Eurovision is expected to be held this year in a social-distancing format, with members of the audience and performers keeping at least 1.5 meters from each other. Even if the Netherlands enters a full lockdown in May, the Eurovision will take place, but without an audience and with pre-recorded performance by the various representatives.