The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — comes to the end of ranking and reviewing the 43 songs competing in Eurovision 2018. Finally we head to Israel where loop-pedalist Netta Barzilai has “Toy”. Were we feeling her modern anthem? Read on to find out!
Netta – “Toy”
Bernardo: Get your chicken carnival outfit out. It’s time to get freaky. When Netta won “Rising Star” I felt like Israel with the right song could do really well. I was proved right. While I don’t think “Toy” is a clear Eurovision winner, it’s definitely up there. Netta has a unique approach to the song, it has a nice message, it’s very international while maintaining Israeli roots. A stellar combination that deserves the best staging possible to work in Lisbon. Werk it, we’re all beautiful creatures.
Bogdan: I didn’t expect anyone to knock off Madame Monsieur from my number one spot, until the amazing Netta Barzilai unveiled her epic song. It has everything that an entry needs to win the song contest: a unique hook, an instantly recognisable melody, a strong, current message, special vocals and that certain je ne sais quoi needed to steal the spotlight from the other candidates — in this case, that infectious, over-the-top, unapologetic clucking that will always remind us of Eurovision 2018.
Luis: Netta proves one thing: if you believe in what you’re doing and you do it with conviction, people will react positively to it. “Toy” is not just a bop: it’s a song that’s unique to the artist that Netta Barzilai is. She packs it with sass, the right amount of craziness and lots of great ideas. There’s something in “Toy” that everybody can like: whether it is the ethnic Mizrahi sounds, the infectious hook in the chorus or even the Pikachu reference. Don’t be fooled, this song is anything but fast food music: it’s a very clever banger.
Cinan: Alright, here we go! This song is one of the best original songs created in the past few years. It’s absolutely different, unique and has SLAYAGE. The Oriental parts are outstanding and stellar. I’m 100% sure it will get the success it deserves and maybe Netta can bring the trophy in Israel after 20 years. I really love the loop pedal she uses live and I can’t wait to see what she is going to bring in Lisbon.
Renske: “Toy” is definitely not my style, but I have to give Netta a lot of credit for being this creative. The song builds up very strongly in the beginning, but I lose my attention every time halfway through the song for some reason. It has a very average Eurovision build up overall and oozes all stereotypes that Eurovision comes with. The overhype will kill her fate, because people are going to label this a freak show.
William: “My teddy bear’s running away, the Barbie got something to say” — it’s a lyric that sums up Netta’s mission of serving play with a purpose. Her Barbie has sass, attitude and a keen sense of empowerment. She’s busting balls in the name of her sisters while bringing swells, dips, wordplay and a very big note that drives it home. Doused in a gorgeous Mizrahi mix that draws on Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, it balances authenticity with disposable pop perfectly. Take me to the club, take me to the picket line. If Netta is there I’m sold.
In the Wiwi Jury we have 20 jurors but only have room for six reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 6 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 8.61/10
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