Who Is Netta Barzilai, The Israeli Singer Who Won Eurovision 2018? [VIDEO]
Israeli singer Netta Barzilai won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon this weekend.
She won the competition with her song “Toy,” a pop anthem that is all about female independence. Barzilai also brought her signature chicken dance for her final performance.
Barzilai took the stage in a sparkling corset and kimono, alongside a group of energetic back-up dancers. She sang the catchy lines of the song, “I’m not your toy, you stupid boy.” She also incorporated her own beat-boxing into the mix of the song.
According to Barzilai in a previous interview, the song was “influenced by the #MeToo movement.”
“Look, it’s an amazing time when women are searching for and finding their voices,” she added.
The competition’s runner up, Greek-Albanian star Eleni Foureira, who represented Cyprus, also sang about woman empowerment. Her song “Fuego,” is a a club-friendly pop anthem. She sang that, “Nothing can put you down. So you need to just go up and fly.”
After winning, Netta said that the competition was never with Eleni, but always against herself, and always striving to challenging herself. “I’ll keep competing with myself till I die,” she said in an interview following her win.
Upon her arrival to her home country, Netta was greeted enthusiastically by thousands of people at Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square. “This is a great moment for me, for the delegation and for the country. I am happy that we managed to create a reason for joy in a country that does not have a lot of reasons to celebrate. We are all hoarse, we celebrated all night and we didn’t sleep,” she said in an interview after her arrival home.
Watch Netta’s official video for “Toy” below.