The United States can sometimes seem incredibly insular. While some foreign-born acts — including Rihanna, Drake, Justin Bieber and the guys of One Direction — have made huge waves in the U.S., the big morning shows are much more likely to showcase established domestic talent as opposed to hot acts from outside North America.
Well today Israel’s Netta Barzilai helped smash that ceiling with a live performance on The Today Show — one of America’s most enduring and popular morning news programmes.
Before making her US television debut with her Eurovision winning song “Toy”, Netta answered a few questions from US TV personality — and former MTV VJ — Carson Daly.
As you’d expect, he started by giving the American audience a brief overview of Netta and ESC.
He said: “Hailing from Israel, she won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, which if you don’t know about is a massive music competition held across Europe.”
Netta is still giddy from how her life has changed.
“This is unreal,” she said. “Everyday I’m waking up in another country and I’m like where am I?”
“I met Prince William. He’s a real Prince Charming. He is really, really sweet. Very planned out. We had a 10-minute walk. They closed the street!”
“This song was inspired by the Me Too movement and this is an amazing time where women are finding their voices this year. It gives power to everybody whose been struck down by a bigger force — your boss. It’s to everybody who has been told they can’t be what they want to be.”
Meanwhile in the Netherlands…
She’s not just slaying from sea to shining sea. Our girl is also slaying on the other side of the Atlantic!
Today’s performance in the United States coincided with the publication of the latest edition of Attitude Nederlands which has chosen to put Netta on the cover.
The August edition of the magazine is its Pride Special. On the cover we see Netta absolutely werking the harajuku vibe in an updated take on the Japanese kimono.
The cover text quotes Miss Barzilai, who echoes the sentiment of her song “Toy”: “Pride is being yourself without excuses.”
The cover text also shows just how global she has gone, as it references the international drag icons and RuPaul’s Drag Race alums Bianca del Rio, Dusty Ray Bottoms and Shangela.
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