Netta from Israel wins Eurovision 2018 with her song 'Toy'

Israel's singer Netta Barzilai aka Netta reacts after winning the final of the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon

Ended 63rd the Eurovision song contest, the victor of which was a 25-year-old Netta Barzilai from Israel.

Next year Eurovision will take Israel, thanks to the victory of Netta Barzilai.

Her win in Lisbon was Israel's fourth in the glitzy pageant, watched by over 200 million people around the world. The country has won the contest three times: in 1978, 1979, Israel has achieved the third victory in 1998 with Dana International. Electronic signs throughout Tel Aviv congratulated Netta.

"We are all hoarse, we celebrated all night and we didn't sleep", added Netta.

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But Barzilai, with her Asian-themed show in red and yellow and her dancers doing funky chicken moves, was unrepentant.

Netanyahu chose to open his weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday by noting Netta's win.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai introduced Barzilai, using the phrase of endearment used repeatedly since Barzilai's win "kapara aleich", meaning "we love you", but also a play on words connected with Barzilai's famous chicken-clucking sounds.

"The song has an important message", she is quoted as telling the Daily Express before winning the contest, which features artists from dozens of countries in and around Europe, plus Australia.

Meanwhile, UK contender SuRie came 24th out of 26th with her song Storm. "I'm so happy! Thank you for accepting differences between us".

Ahead of Barzilai's much-anticipated appearance, DJ Dalit Rechester warmed up the enthusiastic crowd, followed by performances by previous Israeli Eurovision contestants including Izhar Cohen, Avi Toledano, Orna and Moshe Datz, Gali Atari. A man stormed the stage, grabbed the microphone, and allegedly shouted "Nazis of the United Kingdom media...we demand freedom" during SuRie's performance of "Storm".

On Saturday night, the Eurovision television hosts turned to each country to hear their votes.

He said security forces in Jerusalem were on high alert because of the embassy event but also because of the annual Jerusalem Day march, which includes a nationalistic parade Sunday through Arab neighborhoods in the city, Nakba Day events and, later in the week, the start of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. At a short press conference held alongside the plane, Barzilai said: "This is a great moment for me, for the [Israeli] delegation and for the country". Ashley Thompson adapted it for Learning English.



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