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.
נטע, את כפרה אמיתית. הבאת הרבה כבוד למדינת ישראל! לשנה הבאה בירושלים!