Netta Barzilai

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Netta Barzilai
Barzilai at Sofia Pride, 2019
Barzilai at Sofia Pride, 2019
Background information
Also known asNetta
Born (1993-01-22) 22 January 1993 (age 28)
Hod HaSharon, Israel
Occupation(s)Singer, looping artist
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • synthesizer
  • loop
Years active2017–present

Netta Barzilai (Hebrew: נטע ברזילי‎; born 22 January 1993), also known mononymously as Netta, is an Israeli singer, recording artist and looping artist. After winning the fifth season of HaKokhav HaBa, she earned the right to represent her country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. On 12 May 2018, she won the contest, held in Lisbon, Portugal, with her song "Toy", marking Israel's fourth win in the Eurovision Song Contest (after 1978, 1979, and 1998). She records for the S-Curve Records label.

Early life[edit]

Barzilai (far left) with members of an Israeli Navy band in 2014.

Barzilai was born in Hod HaSharon, Israel.[1] Her mother is from a Maghrebi Jewish family (of Moroccan-Jewish and Libyan-Jewish descent), whereas her father is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family (of Polish-Jewish descent).[2] She has two brothers.[3] As a child, Barzilai lived in Nigeria for four years, where her father, who is an engineer, worked on a project for Israeli company Solel Boneh.[4][5][6]

Barzilai attended Hadarim High School in Hod HaSharon and was a counselor at an Israeli youth movement HaNoar HaOved VeHaLomed.[7] Prior to her military service in the Israel Defense Forces, she spent a Service Year volunteering in the paramilitary Nahal. She completed her military service in the Israeli Navy Band.[8] Afterwards, she studied electronic music at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, however she did not complete a degree there.[9]

Music career[edit]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

Barzilai at a press conference after qualifying for the final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest

In September 2017, Barzilai auditioned for season five of HaKokhav HaBa, Israel's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, with "Rude Boy" by Rihanna. After receiving 82% of the votes, she advanced to the second stage of the competition in which she sang "Hey Mama" by David Guetta.[10][11] In February 2018, she performed "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls, and although she lost a duel to Ricky Ben Ari, she proceeded to the next stage after being selected by the judges.[12]

The last song Barzilai performed in the competition was a mashup of "Gangnam Style" by Psy and "Tik Tok" by Kesha. After receiving 210 points from the judges and audience, Barzilai won first place and the right to represent Israel at Eurovision.[13][14][15][16][17]

On 25 February 2018, it was reported that the song that Barzilai would perform at the contest would be called "Toy" and that it would be performed in English, apart from a phrase in Hebrew.[18][19][20] The song was written and composed by Doron Medalie and Stav Beger, and produced by Berger. [21]

The song was released on 11 March 2018, and its music video went on to receive more than 20 million views two months before the beginning of Eurovision. On 14 April 2018, Barzilai performed her song at Eurovision in Concert in Amsterdam, the largest Eurovision promotional event.[22] Four days later, she performed the song Hora Heachzut at the torch-lighting ceremony that opened the 70th Israeli Independence Day.[23]

On 8 May 2018, Barzilai participated in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest, winning the semi-final with 283 points and qualifying for the final on 12 May. In the final, she placed first with televoters and third with international juries, amassing 529 points in total and winning the competition, marking Israel's fourth Eurovision win (after 1978, 1979, and 1998).[24]

On 1 February 2019, Barzilai released her follow-up single "Bassa Sababa", alongside a music video filmed in Kyiv with Eddie Kabtner.[25]

At the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 held in Tel Aviv, Barzilai opened the first semi-final with a new version of her winning song "Toy". During the final she sang a new single, "Nana Banana".[26]

Post-Eurovision projects[edit]

Barzilai began appearing around the world between Pride parades across Europe and TV programs in the United States. The record was set on 19 October 2019, when she appeared at the Zhejiang Satellite TV Autumn Festival in China in front of approximately 500 million television viewers and tens of thousands in the audience.[27]

At Hanukkah 2019, Barzilai began performing in the show "Pop Up Music 2" alongside Omer Adam, Keren Peles, Moshe Peretz and more.[28] In November, they released the theme song of the show "We Got The Power" together with Adam, Moshe Peretz and Rotem Cohen who participated alongside her in the show. She later released a duet with Adam, titled "Beg".

On 7 February 2020 she released a new song, titled "Ricki Lake".[29] In addition, Barzilai debuted a new project titled Netta's Office, a series of YouTube videos in which she remixes songs using her trademark looper.[30] In the same year she participated in the new version of the program "We Will Not Stop Singing" on Channel 12. Barzilai competed in the first episode alongside Keren Peles and Moshe Peretz and won the episode.

On 16 May 2020, she performed a new song, "Cuckoo", during the Eurovision: Europe Shine a Light special event. Her debut EP Goody Bag was released soon after on 25 June 2020, containing all five singles she had released up until that point: "Toy", "Bassa Sababa", "Nana Banana", "Ricki Lake" and "Cuckoo".[31] She later made a cameo in the 2020 Netflix film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.[32] A second EP titled The Best of Netta's Office, Vol. 1 was released on 18 December 2020, containing six of her remixes seen in the Netta's Office series.[33] In 2022, she is expected to be a judge on the fourth season of The X Factor Israel, which will determine the Israeli representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.[34]


Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
Goody Bag
The Best of Netta's Office, Vol. 1


As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album

US Dance
"Toy" 2018 1 29 16 60 19 16 5 34 49 1 Goody Bag
"Bassa Sababa" 2019 1 3
"Nana Banana"[45] 1
(with Omer Adam)
1 Omer
"Ricki Lake" 2020 1 Goody Bag
"Cuckoo" 1
"Efes Ma'amatz"
(with Static & Ben-El)
2021 1 Sheva Yerachim
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
(Little Big featuring Netta)
2021 Non-album single


Year Title Role Notes
2020 Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga Herself
2020 Privacidade Invadida Woman Sing

See also[edit]


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Imri Ziv
HaKokhav HaBa winner
Succeeded by
Kobi Marimi
Preceded by
Imri Ziv
with "I Feel Alive"
Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Kobi Marimi
with "Home"
Preceded by
Portugal Salvador Sobral
with "Amar pelos dois"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Netherlands Duncan Laurence
with "Arcade"