Israel unveils 'beloved' Eurovision 2020 entry

The country's first ever contestant of Ethiopian descent, Eden Alene, will perform 'Feker Libi,' translated as 'Love of my life' or 'My beloved,' at the prestigious singing competition in the Netherlands in May
Israel's first ever Ethiopian contestant to represent the nation at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest finally has an official song she is set to perform in the Netherlands in May.
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  • The song was chosen by the public broadcaster KAN, which organized last year's event in Tel Aviv, later voted by the European viewers as the best Eurovision show of the past decade.
    (Eden Alene premiers 'Feker Libi' )
    Eden Alene, 19, premiered "Feker Livi," which is an amalgamation of Hebrew and her native Amharic. The word "feker" means "beloved" in Amharic, while the word "libi" means "of my heart" in Hebrew.
    Despite the variety of languages in the composition, the song is mostly performed in English in an apparent effort to appeal to the broader audience.
    The song also mixed a variety of genres, including traditional Middle Eastern sounds.
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    עדן אלנה מבצעת את Feker Libi
    עדן אלנה מבצעת את Feker Libi
    Eden Alene premiers 'Feker Libi' on stage
    (Photo: Rafi Dluyia)
    Alene last month won “The Star is Born” reality show, broadcast on Channel 12, claiming a ticket to the Netherlands - where the prestigious singing competition is set to take place.
    The Kiryat Gat native, who is still doing her mandatory military service in the Israeli army, has in 2018 won the Israeli version of the “X-Factor,” making her the first ever reality show competitor in Israel’s history to win two different shows.
    Israel won the right to host Eurovision in 2019 after Netta Barzilai’s song “Toy” emerged victorious at the competition a year prior.
    Kobi Marimi - who won the same reality show a year ago - represented the country with the ballad called “Home,” criticized by many for failing to energize the crowd.
    First published: 11:59, 03.04.20
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