Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

Who Is Netta Barzilai, The Israeli Singer Who Won Eurovision 2018?

Who Is Netta Barzilai, The Israeli Singer Who Won Eurovision 2018?

The 25-year-old pre-competition favorite beat out competition from 42 other countries' performers Saturday to claim the music extravaganza's annual crown at the Grand Final with her song "Toy".

Smart, sassy, zaftig Barzilai did Israel proud, winning the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon as the representative of her country.

Israel first won the contest in 1998. Many Israelis see it as proof that the Jewish state can overcome those seeking to boycott it over its treatment of the Palestinians.

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Israel's victor in the Eurovision song contest, Netta Barzilai, landed in Tel Aviv early on Monday (May 14), where she danced to a crowd of applauding fans and journalists, still on the runway. The live Eurovision broadcasts in Israel on social networks, such as on public broadcaster Kan's Facebook page, drew about 750,000 viewers.

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"When Israel sends to the world a symbol for being different, tolerance and liberal values, suddenly the world is not against us and we win!" wrote Yariv Oppenheimer, a former leader of the Peace Now left-wing group in Israel. It later annexed the eastern sector in a move not recognized internationally. Instead of the typical greeting "good evening" followed by the jury's capital city, the Jerusalem-based Israeli jury received only "Shalom Israel".

The scientists then compared data from countries who participated but did badly, to countries who didn't take part at all.

"Tel Aviv, I love you! Next time in Jerusalem!". The victory means Israel will host the event next year.

So, it was within that context that Israel offered a contestant with a serious chance to win.

About this in his Twitter said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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He told officials: 'These days, Jerusalem is blessed with many gifts. Barzilai said excitedly addressing her swarms of supporters to the background of illuminations lighting City hall reading "Netta", "Toy", and an Israeli flag in celebration of the victory.

According to Barzilai in a previous interview, the song was "influenced by the #MeToo movement".

Roni, 11, said everyone was talking about Netta in school, and that she and her friends did learn an important message from the song.

On Saturday night, she won out over a sultry, hip-shaking pop star from Cyprus who wore a glittering outfit that bared her navel and flat stomach.

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