Eden Alene, who was set to represent Israel at this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which was cancelled due to coronavirus crisis, will officially represent the country at the prestigious competition next year.
The 2020 Eurovision Song Contest that was set to take place on May 12 in the Netherlands, was cancelled last week due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (KAN), which is responsible for all things Eurovision in Israel, announced the decision during a live interview with the 19-year-old contestant.
"What a joy, thank you! We're going to win," said Alene after hearing the news.
The song, however, which was chosen to represent the country this year cannot be performed at Eurovision 2021, according to The European Broadcasting Union's rules.
The song, "Feker Libi," premiered less than three weeks ago and has been hailed as the potential frontrunner to take the top spot at this year's event.
Alene, Israel's first ever Ethiopian contestant to represent the nation at Eurovision, won the chance to represent her country after winning the “The Star is Born” reality singing competition in February.
Israel won the right to host Eurovision in 2019 after Netta Barzilai’s song “Toy” emerged victorious at the competition a year prior.
Both "Toy" and "Feker Libi" had been penned Doron Medalie, an Israeli songwriter, composer and artistic director.