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Eden Alene, winner of the reality show "The Next Star to the Eurovision" during the final in Neve Ilan studio near Jerusalem on February 4, 2020.

The world-famous annual Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled to take place this May in Amsterdam, will instead make history as having been canceled this year due to the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

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For Israelis, it’s a special disappointment because this year’s national representative to the star-studded contest was Eden Alene, a young vocalist of Ethiopian descent – the first of her people to make it to the international stage.

Alene lives in Jerusalem with her mother and is currently serving her mandatory IDF tour of duty. She was to sing “Feker Libi,” (The Love of My Life, or My Beloved) in four languages – Amharic (Ethiopian), Hebrew, English and Arabic.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.