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Netta Barzilai wins Eurovision Song Contest for Israel

May 13, 2018 12:02 AM
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There was a strong field of contestants at Eurovision 2018, which largely shed its traditional hallmarks of glitz and glitter in favour of a more restrained tone.

LISBON, Portugal - Netta Barzilai has won the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest for Israel with her song "Toy."

Barzilai, who was the favourite to win ahead of Saturday's Grand Final, saw off competition from 42 other countries' performers to claim the music extravaganza's annual crown at a show in Lisbon, Portugal.

There was a strong field of contestants at this year's event, which largely shed its traditional hallmarks of glitz and glitter in favour of a more restrained and tasteful tone.

The international contest began as a competition between European countries, but its huge popularity has led to the inclusion of Israel and Australia among the performers.

Around 200 million people were expected to tune in to Saturday night's show.

Portugal earned the right to host the event because it won last year with Salvador Sobral's subdued ballad "Amar pelos Dois."

Sobral, 28, underwent a heart transplant last December and has been limiting his public appearances.

Sobral has made no secret of the fact that he prefers quality music over the showy, glossy style favoured in past Eurovision events. His ballad "Amar pelos Dois" was a massive success.

Source: thestar.com

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