Netta Barzilai of Israel Wins 2018 Eurovision Song Contest With “Toy”

Netta Barzilai’s quirky “Toy" brought the country its first win in 20 years.

The finale of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest was an intense nail-biter, but Israel officially took home the gold with Netta Barzilai’s quirky and catchy earworm, “Toy.”

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The competition—which featured an eclectic mix of power ballads, metal bands, bubblegum pop, and even chicken clucking—saw Cyprus take second place with Eleni Foureira’s banger “Fuego.” (Austria come in third with Cesár Sampson’s “Nobody But You.”)

Barzilai, who studied music in high school and at Israel’s Rimon School of Music was a frontrunner going into thecompetition: The “Toy” music video has clocked more than 26 million views on YouTube and charted in countries around the world, including the number two spot in Israel.

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“Thank you for choosing me. Thank you for choosing different,” the 25-year-old said of her win. “Thank you for choosing daring. I love you, keep that going. Do good to others, be good to yourselves.”

“That’s about it,” she added. “Let’s party!”

Organized by the European Broadcasting Union, the 63rd annual Eurovision drew more than 200 million viewers worldwide. Some 42 countries sent representatives to Lisbon, Portugal, to battle it out for the coveted trophy and the right to host next year’s contest.

The show was going smoothly until SuRie, the performer representing the U.K., was interrupted during her performance by a man who jumped onstage and took her microphone, shouting, “for the Nazis of the U.K. media we want freedom,” before being escorted away by security guards.

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This was the third year in a row that Logo broadcast the competition in the U.S. This year RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Ross Mathews and All Star finalist Shangela were the network’s correspondents, adding colorful commentary between the performances.

Watch Netta’s performance below.
 

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