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”.