Israel’s Eurovision Song Contest entry has caused a huge stir and is now the hot favorite to win the Eurovision Song Contest in May. Netta Barzilai’s entry Toy brings the crazy factor back to Eurovision, but the song carries a strong message with lyrics inspired by the #MeToo movement. Its release on the week of International Women’s Day makes it even more noticeable.
As previews of the song and word got out, Israel’s odds dropped from 50/1 to 12/1, but a mini-leak of the song saw them crash to 3/1. As the song is officially released, the odds are set to fall even lower.
Netta won the right to represent Israel after winning the Kochav Haba television talent show earlier this year. Her impressive vocals and self-confident styling work well with her unique musical style. This entry does stand out for all the right reasons. It’s current, catchy, powerful and Netta can own a stage. Expect this one to go big in the Eurovision arena. The lyrics put girl power back on the Eurovision map, with lyrics like ‘Wonder woman don’t you ever forget, you’re divine and he’s about to regret. I’m not your toy, you stupid boy‘.
The reference to ‘You stupid boy’ will have Dad’s Army fans voting for this in droves. The reference to wonder woman is a nod to Gal Gadot, the Israeli actress that reprised the role of the 1987s iconic television show for the 2017 global hit movie and currently Israel’s most popular celebrity.
Then there’s the chicken noises and dance, which actually make sense within the song, accusing ‘the stupid boy’ of being a chicken.
Israel has won Eurovision three times, in 1978, 1979 and 1998. Israel’s last victory was won by Dana International, the first trans woman to claim the Eurovision title.
Israel will need to qualify in a top 10 spot from the first Eurovision Song Contest semi final on Tuesday 8 May, in which United Kingdom viewers can vote. The show will be broadcast live on BBC4 at 8pm. The Eurovision Song Contest grand final airs on BBC1 at 8pm on Saturday 12 May.