Israel has revealed their entry for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Netta Barzilai, the winner of the 2018 edition of Hakokhav Haba L’Eurovizion, will sing ‘Toy’.
Ever since the Israeli song leaked online last night, betting offices have tipped Israel as a potential candidate for victory. “Toy” is an up-tempo song with ethnic elements in which Netta Barzilai can use her trademark instrument, the looper.
Netta Barzilai – Toy (Israel Eurovision 2018):
Netta Barzilai won the Israeli national selection show on the 13th of February. However, she was not a clear favorite from the start. Throughout many of the shows, a jury or televote wildcard needed to save her and in the Grand Final she won on jury points only, while placing second in the televote.
You can find more details about the selection process below.
Eurovision Selection Process in Israel
In her audition she advanced to the next stage of the show with 82% of the vote (but this was not the highest percentage of this show). In this audition she placed 4th overall. She then proceeded to the shortlisting round where she sung the Israeli Eurovision classic A-Ba-Ni-Bi, and again proceeded as one of the 20 to proceed the heats. In the heats she placed 4th overall with 79%.
Strangely enough, the quarter final was the only show in the competition she ever won before the final. She scored a 90% here. In the semi finals, Netta had her lowest placing of the entire competition. She placed 7th overall with 67% but was saved by the televoting public.
In the first part of the final, she scored the second lowest score out of all the finalists (74%), but was saved by the judges and therefore she advanced to the super final. In the super final, Netta used her vocal loop mix machine to create a mix of Tik Tok by Kesha and Gangnam style by Psy. This scored her 104 points from the jury and 210 from the televoting public. She only came 2nd in the public televote, so it was the jury score that helped her to win.