The Netherlands wins Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The Netherlands won the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv Saturday, with Duncan Laurence's doleful piano ballad "Arcade" crowned champion of Europe's annual music...
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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's winner of last year's Eurovision song contest said Monday there was no place for boycott calls of this year's competition in Tel Aviv, saying that to snub such a popular...
Israeli band drops out of Eurovision contention over Sabbath
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The Shalva group says Wednesday it's quitting Israel's qualifying competition after the Eurovision organizers said it would make no exceptions for Israel's ultimate winner. The competition is held on a Saturday night and the compulsory rehearsal falls on the Sabbath.
Israel Eurovision hero releases song on newfound fame
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israeli pop star Netta Barzilai, winner of last year's Eurovision song contest, released a new single Friday which she says reflects the highs and lows in the year since her shock victory shook up her life.
Barzilai, 26, spoke to The Associated Press ahead of the release of her new song "Bassa Sababa." She says the song, Hebrew/Arabic slang for "Bummer, that's cool," speaks to the thrills and challenges of her past year.
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Israelis go wild after Eurovision Song Contest victory
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Thousands of Israelis took to the streets early Sunday to celebrate their country's victory in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Fans flooded Tel Aviv's Rabin Square in front of City Hall, with some euphorically jumping into a public fountain, after Netta Barzilai was announced the winner in Portugal with her techno dance tune "Toy." The City Hall building was lit up to spell "Toy" and electronic signs throughout the city congratulated her.
Netta Barzilai wins 2018 Eurovision Song Contest for Israel
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Netta Barzilai is sassy, she's fun and she can sing — and now the Israeli has won the Eurovision Song Contest with a catchy techno dance tune about women's empowerment.
The 25-year-old pre-competition favorite beat out competition from 42 other countries' performers Saturday to claim the music extravaganza's annual crown at the Grand Final with her song "Toy."
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The Latest on the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest (all times local):
Netta Barzilai has won the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest for Israel with her song "Toy."
Barzilai, who was the favorite 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.