She’s been up and down in the odds, but despite everything she remains one of the favourites to win Eurovision 2018. And earlier on during this Eurovision experience Netta spoke to our William and Deban.

The “Toy” songstress talked rehearsals, lucky Maneki-neko cats and stupid smartphones.

Her first and second rehearsals “were really good and I was really focused. We have a little more work to do. I think we already came far. I needed to get used to the stage”.

“We saw the first rehearsal and we had a lot of remarks. We better understood during the rehearsal the things about the choreography and the staging. I’m super glad we could review it and change certaing things and review it again”.

The Israeli popstar explains the reasoning behind her use of  the golden cat ornaments.

“The Maneki Neko kitten are for lucky fortune and I need my luck here with me. I think they look amazing and always liked them. I had one in my room and I decided I wanted a wall of them”.

On “stupid” smartphones, she says:

“Smartphones just take so much of our personal time. We are always busy with the stuff on our smartphones, instead of making eye contact and being in the moment”.

Thankfully for Netta, she can survive without the modern innovation because of the team around her.

“I have a amazing team with me, to keep me calm. They create a bubble around me, which helps me to stay focused. I’m always reminding myself that I create music: that is the thing that I know how to do best. I live for the creation of music and the art-form of performing”.

Her song has long been a fan favourite, and Netta appreciates the love: “I believe that the energy I put out, I need to received that back from the fans, and they do give so much back”.

On the pressure, she remeains relatively unfazed: “I don’t want to let my country down, now that expectations are so” high. It puts pressure on me, but it’s  what I do: music”.

And while her Eurovision journey has been intense, there have been moments of levity: “I get a lot of strange questions here. The strangest question I got so far here was the Chinese TV asking me the best products to buy in Israel”.

Watch more of our interviews on wiwi.tv

Netta Barzilaihttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWJEXEkC05U

 

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LLilah
Guest

Let’s hope some quality song will defeat that hysterical chicken act and that cheap Fuego song. Maybe then I can crawl back into my hole after having insulted so many people here

Aags
Guest

Suddenly it seems everybody seems to be waking up about this blog fraud.
Everybody here in Portugal are furious because they used the words of Salvador interview to create a sensationalit post only for buzz and controversy.
Everybody already knows Salvador speaks always without filter. Yes it’s true Salvador said he don’t like the song but only that, many parts of the interview lines have been set to create the shameless post we all know, not to prejudice Salvador, but the Portuguese entrie with negatives reactions around Portugal and the Portugueses

BEFAN
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Fully agree mate !!

Jen
Guest

Would like to see Israel fans faces tonight then they find out that best singer in planet Earth IS NOT SO FAMOUS LIKE THEY THINK. oFCOURSE THEY START TO BLAME ALL COUNTRIES …. ETC

WHAT A EXITING EVENING 🙂

See you in Paris 2019

Rodrigo Geuso
Guest

Look where that went 😉

Galit
Guest

Prsonaliy WIWIBLOGGS I rather you won’t lie. publishing lies as if Finland and Cyprus won your polls.
This is a biased publication..
Your polls sat Netta won
http://wiwibloggs.com/2018/03/20/poll-who-will-win-eurovision-2018/219915/

LLilah
Guest

Wiwi is done for me..not beleive a word they write or say.
WHO CARES ABOUT THEIR STUPID POOLS??its fake news any way

LawStudent
Guest

You both are being ridiculous.

LLilah
Guest

And why is that?

Galit
Guest

Also for me/ Look and see ESCKAZ. I really like them

LLilah
Guest

I will

nmn., nlnö
Guest

and italy is also cool!

nmn., nlnö
Guest

personally i prefer moldova, cyprus, lithuania and maybe even germany…

LLilah
Guest

Guys u should check ESC UNITED team on youtube..i watched their live videos from the rehursels..they are so cute and respect every country..they not hypocrite.I think they should open a eurovision blog.Go Mattt and Chris from Escunited love u.

Galit
Guest

You ARE right. I also loved them!

LLilah
Guest

Yes they awsome 🙂

Galit
Guest

Publish Netta’s winning the OGAE award.. ESCKAZ DID IT!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5Sk1ZMox54

Galit
Guest

Suddenly it’s Daphne Dee writing. Where is William disappeared?

Toni
Guest

He should quit.

Adrian
Guest

I am shocked that Wiwi-haters posted something (old..) about Netta. Is this to cover themselves just in case she wins for next year? well it won’t help them now. They will NOT be accepted kindly in Israel anymore. Their behavior towards Netta was abominable. Very slimy, two faced guys. Not watching their videos anymore.

LLilah
Guest

Dont worry i will write to Nettas manager about the bad publicity Wiwi did to her.
For me wiwi not welcome in Israel
Go to Cyprus with your bimbo

Galit
Guest

LOL.. Wiliam identifies himself with this trash shalow song..

Well well
Guest

You have a point but they bashed many others much harder, and some for months. I stopped watching their videos. I’m hoping for a more professional site with diverse people to show up by next year.

Galit
Guest

Puting this old interview instead of Netta’s winning the OGAE award???

BEFAN
Guest
Ahhh WIWI- so after REPEATEDLY BASHING NETTA (with your UNETHICAL/UNPROFESSIONAL and UNNECESSARY FAKE DRAMA with a purpose – upon the disgraceful posts YOU(!!) posted of Salvador and the Spanish Mr. Nobody) right at the FINISH LINE (that everybody complained and revolted against) – NOW you are trying to redeem yourselves with this RECYCLED interview (we’ve ALL seen already 2 weeks ago??). C’mon guys – It so TRANSPARENT incl your hidden agenda revealed (and also revolting the public about bashing Surie from UK). Do you really take the public as STUPID??…. Seems so -and for that – you deserve 100 X… Read more »
drag kvinna
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ciao, sei proprio una befana

BEFAN
Guest

ca vous plait alors, n’est pas? :-))

Galit
Guest

You are a witch!

Galit
Guest

Well said! Also they decided not to publish Netta’s video given the OGAE award for coming first in the OGAE polls.. Suddenly these polls are not important..

LLilah
Guest

Agree with every word…
Wiwi ignored Netta for the last 2 weeks even when she was number 1 on odds in their videos they never comment about her like she is not important and like she is on the last place in odds.
I hope Netta will not give wiwi an interview when she win.
ESCUNITED guys if you read this please open blog..we need an alternative for this not objective wiwiteam.

Galit
Guest

i would advise her to give them an interview and ask them these questions in their faces

LLilah
Guest

Yes but she is too kind ..she will not do that..i will advise her to ignor wiwi like they ignored her.

Kahvaataja
Guest

Jury show was very bad so I predict 8-12 place in total. Cute girl but she needs some experiences more.

LLilah
Guest

Why you write lies??
Jury show was the best.
The odds think so too.

LLilah
Guest

Lol i wish u and all the other singers the talent of Netta..you dont buy that kind of talent with money..its natural like Netta!

BEFAN
Guest

FAKE NEWS ALERT from Kahvaataja – FAKE NEWS ALERT:

EXPERTS ANALYSIS OF JURY FINAL:
Eleni’s Cyprus vocals are actually carried by backing vocalist and Juries saw that.
Netta’s Israel performance was much better!!
https://www.escdaily.com/jury-rehearsal-final-eurovision-2018-vocal-assessment-of-all-the-songs/#

Kahvaataja
Guest

Calm down fans- Netta is not best singer unfortunately- but who cares- for you she can be best singer in Unviresum :):) But outside Israel anybode dont care a lot about that

LLilah
Guest

Outside of Israel Netta is more famous idiot..

Jen
Guest

Where ? Can you name just 1 counrty for example ? 🙂

LLilah
Guest

Spain, Germany, Norway Russia
Uganda, America..and more ad more..keep envy on our amazing Netta!

BEFAN
Guest

FAKE NEWS ALERT from Kahvaataja – FAKE NEWS ALERT:

ISRAEL NETTAS TOY GOES GLOBAL AND VIRAL
http://esctoday.com/161626/israel-nettas-toy-goes-global-and-viral/

Kahvaataja
Guest

visti some country and ask people- who is Netta :):)
I can bet- anybody cannot answer you- get your life darlings- Netta is not Tina Turner or Celine Dion- accept that 🙂

LLilah
Guest

Netta is the best original artist in eurovision 2018.
Thats why she has fans all over the world.
In wich country you visited who not know Netta? SRYIA??

BEFAN
Guest

Dear, Dear Kahvaataja….. Ask your Mom to let you repeat elementary school….. If you can’t READ the article (I give you the link again) seems there is a problem (Dyslectic? hope not… Maybe Glasses?)
http://esctoday.com/161626/israel-nettas-toy-goes-global-and-viral/
PS – next time you come back from Uganda (Africa) – bring us all some souvenirs :-)))))))

LLilah
Guest

Lol you are a prince BEFAN really.
Come visit in Israel i will host you 🙂

Galit
Guest

lol.. Yaaa.. In Germany Sweden France .. they don’t stop hearing her.. more then 60 million views.. does’nt count.. ha ha ha

Kahvaataja
Guest

Italy had more than 100 millions views last year- ha ha ha– does anybody knows him abroad ?? mehhh… anybody…. keep dreaming darling

BEFAN
Guest

EXPERTS ANALYSIS OF JURY FINAL:
Eleni’s Cyprus vocals are actually carried by backing vocalist and Juries saw that.
Netta’s Israel performance was much better!!
https://www.escdaily.com/jury-rehearsal-final-eurovision-2018-vocal-assessment-of-all-the-songs/#

Adrian
Guest
I find CYPRUS super generic, Swedish writers (like Finland), nothing original. ELENY uses a backing singer to sing the actual song! and no one from the ‘queeny fan’ community is talking about this. CYPRUS is exactly the OPPOSITE from ISRAEL: Israel is about woman empowerment, Cyprus is selling her body like a cheap …… exactly!! the opposite. I am sorry but I prefer the ORIGINALITY of Netta to the GENERIC Eleny, as beautiful as she is. I truly have no idea what is going on with this gay community the minute they see a ‘model’ type shaking her ass. No… Read more »
Peter T
Guest
Netta is not going to win …..how many times has a long time favourite been toppled from the number 1 position a few days before the final and still went on to win ?…..she peaked too early and folks grew tired of her song like Italy last year Cyprus built momentum just at the right time , but she didn’t win the jury vote as its a weak song and uninspiring vocals ….she could easily win the tele vote ! France did better than both on the Jury vote IMO and could do very well with the TV vote …the… Read more »
LLilah
Guest

Peter T What are you god?????
How do u know Netta is not going to win?
Any way- Netta already won the pepole love by far far from everybody else.
Even the Washington post wrote an article about Netta.
She is going to be a big Intetnetional star.
Maybe its good she will not win becouse all the artist who won eurovision not have a big internetional carrer.

Kahvaataja
Guest

actually in every country we have winner…. Netta is winner for you but acept that in all 43 countries they have own winners. Beleive me- anybody outside Israel does not know about Netta anynything and dont care about your idol. 🙂

BEFAN
Guest

FAKE NEWS ALERT from Kahvaataja – FAKE NEWS ALERT:

ISRAEL NETTAS TOY GOES GLOBAL AND VIRAL
http://esctoday.com/161626/israel-nettas-toy-goes-global-and-viral/

LLilah
Guest

Stop lie.Outside Israel Netta is already very famous..go to her Instegram account and see how many fans she gat not from Israel. And 40 million viewrs from all the world.you just envy.

Peter T
Guest

That prize Heifer will not win tonight OK?

LLilah
Guest

Peter T will see about that ..meanwile go drink very cold water it will calm you envy lol.

LLilah
Guest

France is so boring…all they do is scream Merci..not my taste sorry

Galit
Guest

Yaaa.. right.. more than 60 million views for all her videos and the OGAE award for coming first in the OGAE polls..

Efi
Guest

so cute girl ! love you so much!
deserved 2nd place tonight!
Fuego winner
Nicosia 2019

LawStudent
Guest

The EBU decided to place the Israeli and Cypriot delegations one next to the other in the greenroom tonight! Sign for whats to come?

Efi
Guest

of course. they are the best. 1st Cyprus 2nd Israel
EBU is very smart.
Nicosia 2019

LawStudent
Guest

Or 1st Israel 2nd Cyprus. We will soon find out. Jerusalem 2019.

Peter T
Guest

If you ever get to practice law , both you and your client will surely end up in handcuffs

LLilah
Guest

Peter T you are little person..

LawStudent
Guest

What does the practice of law have to do with betting on eurovision? Confused…

LLilah
Guest

Efi You should relax Dear…

Galit
Guest

lol

drag kvinna
Guest

stupid dork

sal
Guest

u want brake

Madrileño
Guest

IN GRINDER THEY BOUGTH PUCITY ASKING FOR YOUR VOTE.
I DOUBT THAT THAT IS PERMITED.
WHEN YOU OPEN GRINDER YOUR AUTOMAT GET THIS FLIYER SAYING SONG NUMBER AND Vote FOR HER.
IS THIS FAIR PLAYING?

LawStudent
Guest

I don’t see anything in the Eurovision rules that says thats this is not allowed? Do you?

Madrileño
Guest

Nothing to say

BEFAN
Guest

Nothing is wrong with publicity – complain about the well known case of Azerbaijan BUYING votes in San Marino, Malta, Bulgaria…. Be a man and GO after the BULLDOG – not after an inoffensive Gold fish….

Nicosia 2019
Guest

blabla…
*FUEGO*

BEFAN
Guest

You are right – BLABLA Fuego —- LALALA TOY :-))))))))

LLilah
Guest

BEFAN I love you ..your comments are the best :)))
Kissess from Israel

BEFAN
Guest

Thanks LLilah 🙂 back 2 u

Jon Smith 007
Guest

#TEL AVIV 2019

drag kvinna
Guest

famagusta 2018

LLilah
Guest

Netta the queen of Eurovision 18 by far.
Love her..wish her good luck.
Vote Israel 22

drag kvinna
Guest

hvala ne!

BEFAN
Guest

HVALA SLAY !!!!!!!

Galit
Guest

Who asks you! lol

LawStudent
Guest

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! Love Netta!