“Netta, you brought a lot of honor to the State of Israel,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on Facebook. “Next year in Jerusalem!”
Israel won the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon early Sunday after singer Netta Barzilai beat 25 other contestants with her uptempo song “Toy” whose lyrics have been embraced by the #MeToo movement.
The 25-year-old former singer in the Israeli Navy band accompanied her winning performance with trills, clucking sounds and chicken-like dance moves in an eye-catching and bizarre performance that is often typical of the Eurovision contest, i24 News reported
Eurovision was first held in 1956 with the aim of uniting Europe after World War II.
Today it has an estimated global audience of around 200 million people — more than the Super Bowl in the United States — and has served as a global launching pad for the likes of ABBA and Celine Dion.
Thousands of Israelis, including the Prime Minister and various officials, celebrated the win, Israel’s first since 1998, but the fourth time Israel has won the contest.
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