Saturday, May 12, 2018

Israel’s Netta Barzilai wins Eurovision song contest

Israel's Netta Barzilai won the Eurovision final in Libson, Portugal, on Saturday night. "I'm so happy - thank you so much," says an emotional Barzilai when she took the stage after her win. "Thank you so much for choosing difference, thank you so much for accepting differences between us... I love my country, next time in Jerusalem!" President Reuven Rivlin spoke with Barzilai on Saturday shortly before she went on stage, telling her "from Jerusalem, from Nechama and I, we are sending you 'douze points'" - i.e. 12 points, the highest any country can be awarded. Regev uploaded a video of her and Barzilai to her Facebook page on Saturday night, writing "please God next year in Jerusalem - we're crossing our fingers for you Netta!" Once the voting opened, even Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave Barzilai an endorsement on his Twitter account. And Gal Gadot posted an image of her on her Instagram feed, urging her followers to cast their votes for Israel. Israel has not won Eurovision since 1994, 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.”

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