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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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Eurovision Song Contest 2018 has come to an end with Israel as the winner of the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest with the song Toy performed by Netta Barzilai . Toy is written by Doron Medalie and Stav Beger.

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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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Israeli singer Netta Barzilai wins the 2018 competition broadcast from Lisbon, Portugal, beating Cyprus, which came in second, and Austria, which came in third.

Israel ’s singer Netta Barzilai aka Netta performs with the trophy after winning the final of the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, on May 12, 2018 . (AFP/Francisco LEONG).

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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Netta from Israel celebrates after winning the Eurovision song contest in Lisbon, Portugal, Saturday, May 12, 2018 during the Eurovision Song Contest grand final. (AP Photo/Armando Franca). Barzilai eventually racked up 529 points, compared with 436 for

LISBON (Reuters) - Israel ’s Netta Barzilai won the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon on Saturday, bringing Israel its fourth victory in the glitzy pageant, watched by over 200 million people around the world, and the right to host the event next year.

"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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