Netta Barzilai wins 2018 Eurovision Song Contest: 2019 competition to be held in Israel

Netta Barzilai won the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest finals on Saturday night in Lisbon, Portugal. She received a total of 529 points, with the second-place winner receiving 436. “You’re Israel’s best ambassador,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told her after her win.
Barzilai performing in Israel Photo Credit: Miriam Alster/Flash 90

For the fourth time since 1978, Israel has won the Eurovision Song Contest. After her performance at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest finals on Saturday night in Lisbon, Portugal, Netta Barzilai received a total of 529 points, defeating representatives from 25 other countries—including Cyprus’ Eleni Foureira, who won second place with 436 points. Barzilai’s win means that Israel will host the 2019 competition.

While Barzilai received only 212 points from the final jury votes—putting her in third place—the televoters showed their love for the 25-year-old singer from Hod HaSharon, giving her 317 points. Barzilai performed her hit song “Toy” after most of the other countries, going on stage as No. 22 out of 26 singers.

With the crowd in Lisbon cheering, an emotional Barzilai began her acceptance speech. “I’m so happy. Thank you so much for choosing different,” she said. “Thank you so much for celebrating differences between us. Thank you so much for celebrating diversity. Thank you! I love my country! Next time Jerusalem!”

Watch: Barzilai performing during the finals

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Barzilai moments after her win. “Netta, you’re wonderful,” he told the singer. “You’re Israel’s best ambassador.” Israeli President Reuven Rivlin tweeted: “We are proud of you, dear Netta. We are waiting for everyone next year in Jerusalem!” Before the finals began, Rivlin spoke with Israel’s representative over the phone. “I wanted to talk to you before everything begins to tell you how proud we are of you—it doesn’t matter what the results will be this evening,” he told her.

Tens of thousands of Israelis took to the streets to celebrate Barzilai’s win, with especially large gatherings reported in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa.



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