Netta Barzilai, known mononymously as Netta (born 22 January 1993), is an Israeli singer, DJ and plus-size model.
"Toy" beat runner-up "Fuego" (by Cyprus' entrant Eleni Foureira) by close to a hundred points; she also received the most votes from viewers across Europe, and still won the whole thing despite only coming third in the jury vote.
Prior to winning Eurovision, Netta performed as a DJ at parties, and utilized her skill whilst competing in the fifth season of HaKokhav HaBa, which is also used to determine Israel's Eurovision entry.
In spite of touring the US, and carrying out a headline tour of UK, France, and German-speaking countries, as well as performing in massive LGBT festivals for crowds in their thousands in Spain, Sweden, and back home, all prior to releasing a follow up to "Toy", which was the first song to receive 100 million views on the ESC's YouTube Channel (and had already became its most viewed video before May was over), she was still living in a flat, a complete contrast to the prices lavished on her costumes and music videos, such as that for follow up "Bassa Sababa", which was filmed in Kiev for a national record budget.
- TBD (2018)
Filmography (as herself):
- HaKokhav HaBa (2017 — 2018)
- Eurovision Song Contest (2018)
Netta provides examples of:
- The Ace: Netta had never released a piece of music before "Toy", but that didn't stop her from quickly becoming a favorite to win Eurovision after the song was officially released.
- Action Girl / Badass Israeli: Like most other Israelis, Netta served in the Israel Defense Forces (Specifically in her case, the IDF Navy). The Israeli draft affects both women and men and there are no exemptions except on religious or ethnic grounds (Arabs don't have to serve but can if they want). Not that pro-Palestinian groups haven't tried to use this to discredit her...
- Animal Motifs: Obviously the Chicken impersonation in Toy, to attack men who behave in this way. Her following song "Bassa Sababa", released 11 months after "Toy" sees her imitate a Rhinoceros, and transform into one during the song's bizzare music video.
- Big Beautiful Woman: Netta has spoken about her weight and the insecurities that come from it. "Bassa Sababa"'s lyrics further this point. She has also became a plus-size fashion model, including for a one piece swimsuit during Tel Aviv's fashion week.
- Curse Cut Short: Many wonder if the line "Dancing with my dolls to the Madabaka beat" at the end of "Toy"'s chorus was this.
- Memetic Mutation: "Toy" and "Bassa Sababa"'s music videos. The latter, set in Kiev at Christmastime (so therefore a lot of snow), includes an anamatronic version of her head spitting out a car, Netta turning into a rhinoceros after being rejected at a wedding, computer game style imagery, and dancers and drummers with Pink ball masks.
- Some contestants https://metro.co.uk/2018/04/15/eurovision-artists-attempt-to-sing-nettas-israel-entry-and-its-hilarious-7468186/ at the Tel Aviv Promotion gig prior to Netta's triumph (Romania, Switzerland, San Marino, Armenia, Montenegro, Georgia, North Macedonia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Iceland, Spain, France, Austria, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium) impersonating Toy in a hilarious video. Other acts, such as Eleni Foureira, who turned out to be Netta's only true title rival in Lisbon, not involved at any promotion gigs, but with strong associations to "Toy"'s writer Doron Medalie, danced to, or impersonated, the song at press conferences.
- Only One Name: She performs simply as Netta.
- Shout-Out: "Toy" mentions Wonder Woman, a character who has (most notably) been portrayed in live action by the Israeli actress Gal Gadot. It also namedrops Pikachu.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Whilst her hair colours were relatively sedate in Lisbon, she has since had pink, yellow, green, white, purple and red hairstyles at several points, for example a purple one when with Prince William when they met in central Tel Aviv during his trip to Israel, Palestine and Jordan.