Israel's #MeToo-inspired song with chicken sounds wins Eurovision 2018

Israel's #MeToo-inspired song with chicken sounds wins Eurovision 2018

On Sunday, several thousands of Israelis flocked to central Tel Aviv after Barzilai was announced victor of the Eurovision contest. The live Eurovision broadcasts in Israel on social networks, such as on public broadcaster Kan's Facebook page, drew about 750,000 viewers.

When the Eurovision hosts turned to each country to hear their votes, Jerusalem was the only capital city not mentioned by name.

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As she picked up her award, Barzilai shouted to the crowd, "I love my country".

He said security forces in Jerusalem were on high alert because of the embassy event but also because of the annual Jerusalem Day march, which includes a nationalistic parade Sunday through Arab neighborhoods in the city, Nakba Day events and, later in the week, the start of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan. Fans gathered at Tel Aviv's Rabin Square. "Next time in Jerusalem!". In fact, Israel is the only country ever to have won Eurovision and not participated the following year.

It had been considered impossible with the anti-Israel sentiment/policy in Europe for Israel to get enough top votes to win, no matter how good the song/performance.

Mr Benjamin Netanyahu briefly broke out in a chicken dance in tribute to Netta Barzilai's triumph when he was on his way to a weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday.

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He told officials: 'These days, Jerusalem is blessed with many gifts. "We got another one last night with Netta's brilliant and explosive victory".

Her winning song's main line is "I'm not your toy, You stupid boy, I'll take you down".

The victor, Netta, recently spoke about her song which was about women's empowerment, and represented the #MeToo movement.

Her team was offered the chance of repeating the song, but declined, saying they had been proud of the original performance.

On Saturday night, she won out over a sultry, hip-shaking pop star from Cyprus who wore a glittering outfit that bared her navel and flat stomach. "Thank you for supporting diversity".

"It's so fun that you chose something different".

In 1998 - long before we had trans actress Laverne Cox nominated for an Emmy, or watched RuPaul's Drag Race become a cultural staple - Israel's openly transgender singer Dana International walked away with the grand prize with her Eurovision entry, "Diva".

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