Earlier this summer she took over Times Square in New York when her song ‘Toy’ was featured on its iconic video screens and electronic billboards.
And on Tuesday July 24th Netta Barzilai will make a real-life appearance in the city when she performs on Today — one of the most-watched morning breakfast shows in the United States.
The Eurovision 2018 winner made the announcement on Twitter.
— Netta Barzilai (@NettaBarzilai) July 13, 2018
During the second quarter of 2018, Today nabbed around 3.9 million viewers. Along with Good Morning America on rival network ABC, it helps set the news agenda for the day and can be a huge boon to a performer’s career.
Artists who have performed on the show recently include Shawn Mendes, Meghan Trainor, Little Mix and Harry Styles.
Israeli Eurovision legend Ofra Haza performed on the show in 1983 (the same year she finished as runner-up at ESC). When she was given the honour she’d already had breakout hits in the United States.
Netta shoots down ‘Toy’ plagiarism accusations
Netta recently gave a wide-ranging interview in which she discussed, among other things, accusations that her songwriter Doron Medalie had plagiarised parts of The White Stripes’ hit “Seven Nation Army”.
As you’ll recall, Universal Music Group recently sent a threatening letter to Doron, claiming that rhythms and beats were heavily borrowed.
Well Netta isn’t having any of it.
“When [the song] came to me I could not ignore how fresh and innovative it was,” she said. “It didn’t sound like anything else.”
Netta also defended Doron in another context. Earlier this summer he got into a bit of trouble at home when he suggested that he deserved the victory more than Netta did, since he’s been a lifelong fan of Eurovision and tried to win on multiple occasions as a songwriter.
“Doron has been done a great injustice, it’s really injustice.”
“Doron is one of the most unique and amazing people I’ve ever met. He dreamed of the Eurovision Song Contest for 10 years, and he said I was in a situation — I was in a situation.”
“He wrote this song and he told me, ‘You are invited to join our win at the Eurovision Song Contest.”
And what does she think about the ongoing race to become host city of Eurovision 2019?
“The distance between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv is only 30 minutes, and all the events that surround the contest can take place anywhere in the country.”
“It will be amazing in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or Haifa. The important thing is that the Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Israel — we’re just making noise.”
Are you going to watch Netta on Today? What do you make of her defence of her songwriter? Let us know down below!
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