Eden Alene, the first Ethiopian Israeli to represent the nation in the Eurovision Song Contest, will be singing a new song — “Set me Free” — when the event takes place in May.
Alene was our #5 pick for our Top 21 Israelis to watch in 2021.
Last year’s contest was canceled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and the original song chosen by Israelis, Feker Libi ("My Love" in Amharic), was retired and, instead, Israelis chose from three new numbers this week for the 20-year-old songstress to take with her to Rotterdam.
Born in Jerusalem to Ethiopian immigrants, sang in an ethnically mixed young adults choir when she was a teenager. Eurovision or not, the dynamic singer has an amazing future ahead of her.
Israel, which debuted in the Eurovision in 1973, won the competition in 1978, 1979, 1998 and 2018 and hosted the 2019 event in Tel Aviv.
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