Netta Barzilai

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Netta Barzilai
Netta Barzilai - Eurovision 2018 - 2 (cropped 2).jpg
Netta Barzilai in 2018
Background information
Native nameנטע ברזילי
Also known asNetta
Born (1993-01-22) 22 January 1993 (age 25)
Hod HaSharon, Israel
  • Singer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • synthesizer
Years active2017–present

Netta Barzilai (Hebrew: נטע ברזילי‬; born 22 January 1993), sometimes known by the mononym Netta, is an Israeli singer, recording artist and looping artist who won the fifth season of HaKokhav HaBa. This earned her the right to represent her country in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. 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).

Early life[edit]

Netta Barzilai was born on 22 January 1993 in Hod HaSharon, Israel.[1] As a child, Barzilai lived in Nigeria for four years, where her father worked on a project for Solel Boneh.[2][3][4] Barzilai attended Hadarim High School in Hod HaSharon and was a counselor at an Israeli youth movement HaNoar HaOved VeHaLomed.[5] Prior to her mandatory enlistment in the Israeli Defense Forces, she spent a Service Year volunteering in the paramilitary Nahal. She completed her military service in the Israeli Navy Band.[6] Afterwards, she studied electronic music at the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music.[7]

Music career[edit]

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.[8][9] 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.[10]

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 the Eurovision.[11][12][13][14][15]

Eurovision Song Contest 2018[edit]

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

On 25 February 2018, it was reported that the song that Barzilai would perform at the Eurovision was called "Toy" and that it would be performed in English, apart from a phrase in Hebrew.[16][17][18] The song was written and composed by Doron Medalie and Stav Beger.[19]

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.[20] Four days later, she performed the song Hora Heachzut at the torch-lighting ceremony that opened the celebrations of the 70th Anniversary of the Establishment of the State of Israel.[21]

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.[22]



Title Year Peak chart positions Album

US Dance
"Toy" 2018 1 29 16 63 60 19 16 5 34 49 1 Non-album single

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "הקטע של נטע - ישראל היום".
  2. ^ ""אני רוצה להיות מגניבה בבגדים שלי, זה הכי סקסי בעיניי" - Fashion Forward - אופנה". 4 January 2018.
  3. ^ "'A one-woman band': How Israel's Eurovision winner Netta Barzilai rose to fame".
  4. ^
  5. ^ "נטע ברזילי מ'הכוכב הבא': "בתור ילדה שמנה רק רציתי להיות נורמלית" - וואלה! תרבות".
  6. ^ "Netta Barzilai from "The Next Star": "As a fat girl I just wanted to be normal"". Walla! culture (in Hebrew). 12 February 2018.
  7. ^ ""אני רוצה להיות מגניבה בבגדים שלי, זה הכי סקסי בעיניי" - Fashion Forward - אופנה". 4 January 2018.
  8. ^ "CHEN AHARONI AMONG QUALIFIERS ON EPISODE 2 OF ISRAEL'S "THE NEXT STAR FOR EUROVISION 2018"". 1 November 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Israel: Four Artists Qualify for Next Round of The Next Star 2018". 5 January 2018. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Six acts left in Israel, final on 13th of February". 8 February 2018. Retrieved 8 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Netta Barzilai to represent Israel in Lisbon!". 13 February 2018.
  12. ^ Kavaler, Ron (13 February 2018). "Israel: Netta Barzilai wins 'The Next Star for Eurovision 2018'". Wiwibloggs.
  13. ^ Farren, Neil (13 February 2018). "Israel: Netta Barzilai to Eurovision 2018". Eurovoix.
  14. ^ Welsh, Eleanor (13 February 2018). "Israel: Netta Barzilai wins The Next Star 2018 and goes to Lisbon!". ESCToday.
  15. ^ Mercereau, Damien (13 March 2018). "Eurovision 2018 : Netta, le phénomène venu d'Israël". Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  16. ^ "נחשף רשמית שיר האירוויזיון הישראלי של נטע ברזילי - וואלה! תרבות". Walla! culture (in Hebrew).
  17. ^ "Netta Barzilai to sing Toy in Lisbon". 25 February 2018.
  18. ^ "הרשת מגיבה ל-TOY: התגובות שהכי אהבנו" (in Hebrew). Kan.
  19. ^ "פרסום ראשון: נבחר השיר לאירוויזיון 2018 - ישראל היום". Israel Hayom (in Hebrew).
  20. ^ "נטע ברזילי כבשה את אמסטרדם" (in Hebrew). Kan.
  21. ^ "החדשות - צפו: נטע ברזילי כבשה את טקס המשואות". 18 April 2018.
  22. ^ בוקר, רועי אלמן, ליסבון, עמי פרידמן, רן (5 December 2018). "אירוויזיון 2018: ישראל זכתה במקום הראשון" (in Hebrew). Ynet.
  23. ^ "Discografie Netta". Ultratop. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
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  28. ^ "Discography Netta". Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  29. ^ "Discography Netta". Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  30. ^ "Discographie Netta". Retrieved 21 May 2018.
  31. ^ "Netta | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  32. ^ "Dance Club Songs: August 11, 2018". Billboard. Retrieved 7 August 2018.

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