Israel Celebrates Eurovision Contest Win
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Netta Barzilai is sassy, she is fun and she can sing. Now, the 25-year-old Israeli is the winner of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
She won with a catchy dance song about women's empowerment called "Toy."
It is Israel's first win since 1998, and fourth win overall. Netta beat competitors from 42 other countries.
About 200 million people watched this year's contest, held in Lisbon, Portugal. Votes came in live Saturday from the capitals of participating countries. The final moments were tense, with Israel in a close, five-way race with Cyprus, Austria, Sweden and Germany.
Thousands of Israelis took to the streets early Sunday to celebrate Netta's victory. Fans gathered at Tel Aviv's Rabin Square. The City Hall building there was lit up to spell "Toy." Electronic signs throughout Tel Aviv congratulated Netta.
Netta was already a huge hit in Israel thanks to her personality and humorous performances.
Her winning song's main line is "I'm not your toy, You stupid boy, I'll take you down." Her message seems to appeal to fans. The song had more than 20 million views on Eurovision's YouTube page even before Saturday's main event.
Her win means Israel will host next year's Eurovision contest. But it also means much more than that. Israel often feels under siege. And it celebrates international success that supports its image of itself as a normal country -- in a big way.
A win at the hugely popular Eurovision contest is as big as it gets. For example, "Hallelujah" became the country's unofficial national song after it won Eurovision for Israel in the late 1970s. And Dana International became a national hero when she won with "Diva" in 1998.
Netta took congratulatory phone calls from the nation's leaders. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called her Israel's "greatest ambassador."
Izhar Cohen was Israel's first Eurovision winner back in 1978. He told the Associated Press that Netta's win is "a moment of joy that makes everybody together...."
"Because we are separated with so many views and political sides and all that, this contest made us one country, one people and I'm so happy for that," he said.
‘Next time in Jerusalem'
News of Israel hosting next year's contest in Jerusalem came as Israel marked the yearly Jerusalem Day, the anniversary of what it describes as the city's "unification" following the 1967 war. It also came a day before the United States officially moved its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.
On Saturday night, the Eurovision television hosts turned to each country to hear their votes. Jerusalem was the only capital city not called by name.
As she picked up her award, Barzilai shouted to the crowd, "I love my country. Next time in Jerusalem!"
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妮塔·巴梓莱（Netta Barzilai）活泼、幽默而且会唱歌。这位25岁的以色列姑娘夺得了2018年欧洲电视歌唱大赛冠军 。
约2亿人观看了今年在葡萄牙里斯本举行的歌唱大赛。周六，电视台现场转播了各参与国首都的公投结果 。总决赛格外紧张，以色列与塞浦路斯、奥地利、瑞典和德国进行了一场胶着的比赛 。
周日一早，数千名以色列民众涌上街头庆祝妮塔夺冠。大批粉丝聚集在特拉维夫拉宾广场 。市政厅大楼亮起的灯光拼成了“玩具”字样 。特拉维夫所有的电子显示屏纷纷祝贺妮塔夺冠 。
这首夺冠曲的歌词为“我不是你的玩具，你这个蠢男孩，我会打倒你。”该歌词所传达的信息似乎吸引了众多粉丝 。周六决赛开始前，这首歌在欧洲歌唱大赛视频网站上已有2000多条评论 。
妮塔夺冠意味着下届歌唱大赛将在以色列举办。但是它的意义远不止如此 。以色列时常感到被包围 。在国际赛事上夺冠在很大程度上巩固了其正常国家的形象 。
1978年，Izhar Cohen成为以色列第一位在欧歌赛上夺冠的歌手。他告诉美联社记者：妮塔的夺冠是“让大家欢聚在一起的欢乐时刻…… 。”