Israel's Netta gearing up for Eurovision semi-final

Netta, the Israeli representative, will be competing in Tuesday's first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, hoping to secure her place in Saturday's final.
Netta rehearsing her song in Lisbon Screenshot from YouTube

Israeli singer Netta will give her all on Tuesday evening at the first semi-final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. Her entry, Toy, has gained worldwide popularity and is considered a favorite to win.

On Tuesday, Cyprus took away Israel's lead in the betting odds for the first time since Toy was released. This happened after Eleni Foureira, the singer representing Cyprus, gave a powerful performance of her entry, Fuego, in last night's rehearsal before the jury.

In an interview ahead of tonight's show, Netta admitted that the attention has been "embarrassing" for her. "I’ve never been a favorite before ever, in any situation," she explained. "I was bullied at school and it took time for me to find my niche. I was always a musician and it helped me overcome these obstacles."



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