Israel: Netta Barzilai will sing “Toy” at Eurovision 2018


She is the one-woman show who won the Israeli national selection The Next Star for Eurovision 2018 earlier this month. And today the Israeli broadcaster announced that Netta Barzilai will sing the song “Toy” in Lisbon.

Unfortunately you’re going to have to wait for playtime to start. KAN (IPBC) — the new Israeli broadcaster – won’t reveal the song until Saturday March 10. They’ll do so online and via the TV station.

Netta Barzilai’s “Toy”

Following Netta’s victory on “The Next Star for Eurovision 2018”, a special committee listened to 140 song submissions.

The committee included three representatives of IPBC and two representatives of Keshet (the broadcaster of The Next Star for Eurovision 2018).

The committee picked the five best songs and the songs were then produced and arranged by Netta and her team. In the final stage the committee listened to the final versions of the songs and picked the chosen one.

The honour went to “Toy” — by Doron Medalie and Stav Beger.

If you’re a hardcore Eurovision fan, you should know Doron, as he also wrote “Golden Boy” and “Made of Stars”, the Israeli songs at Eurovision 2015 and 2016.

Doron also wrote many other Israeli hits such as: “Tel Aviv” and “Tikitas”. He also took some Eurovision hits — Opa (Greece 2010) and “Dime” (Spain 2003) — and reworked them in Hebrew.

Stav Beger wrote a song for the Israeli national final in 2016 (together with Tom Gefen), “Follow The Sun”, by Gil Hadash, as well as some other hits for Israeli artists, such as “Shnei Meshuga’im ” (Two Crazy People) by Omer Adam.

Netta Barzilai will be allowed to use her vocal looper

From the moment Netta had her first audition in Israel the big question surrounding her performances was whether the Eurovision rules would allow this kind of performance.

According to the latest reports the EBU will allow her to use her own special toy on stage, as long as the voices will be recorded to the looper during her live performance.

In her recent interviews she promised that she will do her best and will bring fun into her performance. We can’t wait to see what she’ll bring.

Who is Netta Barzilai?

Netta is 25 years old, and she performs in clubs and weddings in Tel Aviv. She has a unique look, which reflects her unique musical style: She’s a one-woman show that you have to watch in order to understand.

In her first audition, and during most of her performances on the show, she had a special vocal looper on stage. But even with just a one-string guitar during her second audition, she still oozed charisma, style and uniqueness in her special version of the Eurovision 1978 winning song, “A-Ba-Ni-Bi”.

Izhar Cohen, the original performer of the tune, watched her cover and said she’d be fab for Eurovision — and the music scene more generally.

Links to more of Netta Barzilai’s perfomances:  “Rude Boy” | “A-Ba-Ni-Bi” | “Hey Mama” | Mashup | “What Is Love” | “Barbie Girl” |  “Wannabe” | “Kzat Meshugaat”

During the last few weeks there’s been quite the interest in Israel surrounding Netta and her unique style. In fact, she was even imitated recently on “Eretz Nehederet” (A Great Country) — a very popular Israeli TV show. Looks like a star has been born.

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Are you looking forward to hearing “Toy”? What are your expectations? Tell us in the comments!