Entertainment Netta Barzilai wins 2018 Eurovision Song Contest for Israel

02:30  13 may  2018
02:30  13 may  2018 Source:   ap.org

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Netta Barzilai will represent Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, this May. Netta was chosen after she won the Israeli national final show, and she will be singing “Toy”.

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LISBON, Portugal — Pre-competition favorite Netta Barzilai won the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest for Israel on Saturday with her song "Toy."

Barzilai beat out competition from 42 other countries' performers to claim the music extravaganza's annual crown at the Grand Final in Lisbon, Portugal.

There was a strong field of contestants at this year's event, and the Israeli entry topped close competition from Cyprus, Austria, Sweden and Germany.

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Israel ’s candidate for Eurovision 2018 , Netta Barzilai , will sing “Toy,” written by Doron Medley and Stav Beger, at the contest on May 12.

In February, Netta Barzilai won the fifth season of HaKokhav HaBa L'Eurovizion, or The Next Star for Eurovision , and with that the ticket to represent Israel in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest .

Barzilai racked up 529 points, compared with 436 for runner-up Cyprus and 342 for third-place Austria.

The contest largely shed its traditional hallmarks of glitz and glitter in favor of a more restrained and tasteful tone in Lisbon, which was hosting the event because it won last year with Salvador Sobral's sober and subdued ballad "Amar pelos Dois."

Sobral last week criticized "Toy" as "horrible music." But Barzilai was unrepentant with her popular techno dance beat about women's empowerment.

Netta from Israel performs the song 'Toy' in Lisbon, Portugal, Saturday, May 12, 2018 during the Eurovision Song Contest grand final. (AP Photo/Armando Franca) © The Associated Press Netta from Israel performs the song 'Toy' in Lisbon, Portugal, Saturday, May 12, 2018 during the Eurovision Song Contest grand final. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Her win — Israel's fourth and first since 1998 — means her country hosts next year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is watched by some 200 million people.

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"Next time in Jersualem!" Barzilai shouted to the audience as she picked up her award. "I'm happy people chose something different. It's refreshing," she said.

The international contest began as a competition between European countries, but its huge popularity has led to the inclusion of Israel and Australia among the performers.

Barzilai, known more usually as Netta, is a sassy woman with a witty on-stage personality. Before the Grand Final, her song had already racked up more than 20 million views on Eurovision's YouTube channel.

In "Toy," Netta makes funny noises, including a clucking sound like a chicken and barely decipherable words, and uses a looping machine and synthesizer.

The lyrics say, "I'm not your toy, You stupid boy, I'll take you down."

Portugal came last, with 39 points.

Fans caught their breath when a protester ran onto the stage and snatched away the microphone of the United Kingdom's contestant SuRie.

The man got hold of the microphone but was quickly tackled by security and taken away while SuRie stood by.

The British singer kept her composure and picked up her song where she left off.

Previous editions of the annual event have also witnessed protesters getting onto the stage.

The event is organized by the European Broadcasting Union, an alliance of public service broadcasters.

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