Mazel Tov! Israel Wins Eurovision Song Contest

Mazel Tov! Israel Wins Eurovision Song Contest

Israeli singer Netta Barzilai won the 2018 Eurovision song contest Saturday night, May 12, on the strength of overwhelming support from viewers at home.

Netta Barzilai is an incredible talent and deserved to win Europe's most important song competition.

Organisers the European Broadcasting Union said the man - believed to be a so-called "philosopher, activist and DJ" who goes by the name of Dr ACactivism - made his way to the stage via a bridge.

Both the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Foreign Affairs regularly boast of Tel Aviv's progressive politics and its and vibrant nightlife - with a stated goal of re-branding Israel and hiding away Jerusalem, with its religious zealousness and occupation. The singer-songwriter took it in her stride and bravely kept the show going until she could sing once more - and was rewarded with rapturous applause and standing ovations from the crowd. Taking to Twitter hours after singing her song, Storm, which ranked in at 24th place, the singer wrote: "Well, I've always said anything can happen at Eurovision..."

The catchy electronic dance song entry had emerged as an early favourite to win the contest before bookies shortened the odds on her rival Cyprus's Eleni Foureira.

Eurovision is a odd world of European politics scrambled with an amped up celebration of difference and LGBTQ pride. But there is more to the competition than music with political and cultural statements. "The gift is that Eurovision will come to Jerusalem next year; we will be very proud to host it", the prime minister said.

It was a highly suspenseful evening. Jerusalem is mentioned in the Bible approximately 650 times. His performance featured a flaming staircase leading up to a piano, touches he said were inspired by the song's lyrics: "Nothing but your will sets you on fire, and fire lasts forever".

East Jerusalem is considered occupied Palestinian territory under worldwide law.

The BBC said an average of 6.9 million viewers watched the show on BBC One in the United Kingdom although numbers peaked at 8.1 million.

"Thank you President Trump for keeping your promise to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and to move your embasssy here", his tweet read.

They had seen someone, who was fun and quirky but who also carried a meaningful and substantial message of accepting who you are.

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