Israel has just won the Eurovision song contest for the first time in two decades Saturday as singer Netta Barzilai clucked her way to the tops of the international song contest with women’s #MeToo empowerment anthem “Toy.”
Backed up by three dancers, her trademark side buns featuring stripes of pink dyed hair to match her pink-and-black outfit, Barzilai busted her way through “Toy” on stage, punctuating her singing with her trademark eye rolls and chicken dance moves. The win means Israel will host next year’s Eurovision competition.
Taking the stage in Lisbon, Portugal, after the win, a jubilant Barzilai paid homage to the song’s themes of female empowerment and her own success despite her larger size.
“I’m so happy. Thank you so much for choosing difference. Thank you so much for accepting differences between us. Thank you for celebrating diversity. Thank you. I love my country. Next time in Jerusalem,” Barzilai told the watching world.
Interviewed on Israel Kan TV, the state broadcaster, she said she looked forward to the world seeing “the Israeli carnival” when Jerusalem hosts the contest next year. People will see “how wonderful we are. What a vibe we have. Best people…the best place in the world.”
“Be good to others. And be good to yourselves,” she added.
Israel has not won Eurovision since 1998, with pop star Dana International’s “Diva.” It won twice in a row in 1978 and 1979 for “A-Ba-Ni-Bi” and then “Hallelujah.”