The track was written by Doron Medalie and Stav Beger,[fn 1] and produced by Beger. Israel’s Netta was the clear winner with 529 points while Cyprus’ Eleni Foureira, who had been tipped to storm to victory, had to settle for second place with 436 points. Ukraine and Italy, who had both fared poorly with the juries, were catapulted to the left hand side of the leaderboard, while Austria and Germany had their hopes dashed when they received fewer public votes. Israel performed twenty-second in the grand final, following Hungary and preceding the Netherlands. Following the performances, the four-member jury selected twenty contestants to go through to the heats.[15]. Among the contestants was Joseph Guedj, a relative of Nadav Guedj who represented Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 where he placed ninth with the song "Golden Boy".[8]. [16], The second heat was broadcast in two parts on 7 and 8 January 2018. From each duel, the performer with the higher score advanced to the next round while one contestant was saved by the jury at the end of the second part of the second heat. The winner of the Israeli national selection was Netta Barzilai and a committee of the Israeli broadcaster internally selected the song "Toy" for her. Following the semi-final, Netta joined the other new finalists in a press conference and a draw to see which half of the final she would perform in. The Israeli broadcaster Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (IPBC) collaborated with the commercial broadcaster Keshet and Tedy Productions, which organised the reality singing competition HaKokhav HaBa L'Eurovizion ("The Next Star For Eurovision") to select the singer. Zohar Raziel would have originally got eliminated, however the judges exceptionally gave her a second chance to perform another song where she eventually advanced to the next stage of the competition. This was the fourth time that the Israeli entry was selected through a collaboration with Keshet and Tedy Productions. In the second round the remaining four contestants were paired in two duels and had to perform one more song. NETTA Barzilai made Israel proud at Eurovision 2018 when she was crowned winner after being awarded a whopping 529 points. Find out more and see our cover come to life. The second part of the semi-final was broadcast on 11 February and consisted of two rounds: in the first round all the remaining five contestants performed behind the wall except for the first contestant Chen Aharoni who performed in front of the judges and the audience. Netta Barzilai (Hebrew: נטע ברזילי‎; born 22 January 1993), also known mononymously as Netta, is an In the end of the first round three contestants were saved by the judges and the remaining two contestants had to perform one more song in the second round. Thanks! In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. HaKokhav HaBa has been used since 2015 to select the Israeli artist for Eurovision. And it won televote by a big margin! Already have an account with us? From each duel, the performer with the higher score advanced to the next stage of the competition. Early bookies’ favourite Netta Barzilai claimed victory following a dramatic night of voting. The shows was hosted by Assi Azar and Rotem Sela and featured a judging panel composed of Asaf Amdursky, Keren Peles, Harel Skaat (2010 Israeli Eurovision entrant) and Static & Ben-El Tavori. It all came down to the final two – Israel and Cyprus – and it was Netta’s chicken clucking anthem, TOY, that won the viewer vote. The following five members comprised the Israeli jury: Eight of the eleven contestants advanced to the next phase following achieving at least 70% of the votes while one contestant who did not get enough votes to qualify was saved by the hosts. Following the jury vote, Israel was in third place behind Sweden in second and Austria first. The quarter-final was broadcast in two parts on 4 and 7 February 2018 and consisted of two rounds: in the first round the remaining eight contestants were paired in four duels. Israel was an early favorite with the bookies, sitting in second place to win on the day of the first semi-final. Five of the eight contestants advanced to the next phase following achieving at least 70% of the votes while one contestant who did not get enough votes to qualify was saved by the hosts. News, photos, videos and full episode guide, Israel wins Eurovision 2018 while UK’s SuRie finishes 24th. Everything you need to know about the former Eurovision winner. You're now subscribed to our newsletter. Get your gears turning with hundreds of puzzles, with new ones added each week - and enjoy a seven day free trial! The remaining seventy contestants performed in front of the jury. From each duel, the performer with the higher score advanced to the next stage of the competition. In the end of the first round the judges selected two contestants from the four first round qualifiers – Netta Barzilai and Riki Ben Ari – who got paired in a duel that determined the first finalist in the first part of the semi-final. The fourth audition was broadcast in two parts on 19 and 20 November 2017. Meet the acts competing in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, Who is Portugal’s Salvador Sobral? ". Four of the eight contestants advanced to the next phase following achieving at least 70% of the votes while one contestant who did not get enough votes to qualify was saved by the hosts. "Toy" (Hebrew transliteration: טוי) is a song recorded by Israeli singer Netta, and was Israel's submission to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, which it won. Israel's Eurovision 2018 winner and cultural ambassador, Netta Barzilai, toured Europe last November. The singer who performed the Israeli entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 was selected through the reality singing competition HaKokhav HaBa L'Eurovizion ("The Next Star for Eurovision"), the original version of the international format Rising Star, produced by Tedy Productions and Keshet Media Group. Who is Portugal’s Salvador Sobral? From each duel the contestant or contestants with the higher score advanced to the next stage of the competition. It was later revealed that Israel won the first semi-final, scoring 283 points, 116 points from the televoting and 167 points from the juries. 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[23], The final took place on 13 February 2018 and consisted of two rounds.[24]. And the wooden spoon went to host country Portugal, who found themselves in last place with just 39 points. The two contestants with the higher scores from each duel qualified for the final. Her vote was cast by Ben-El Tavori.[5]. Austria’s Cesar shocked bookies and viewers alike with his third place finish, while Germany’s Michael Schulte and Italy’s Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro placed fourth and fifth. How does the Eurovision Song Contest work? The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 was the 63rd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest.It took place in Lisbon, Portugal, following Salvador Sobral's win at the 2017 contest in Kyiv, Ukraine with the song "Amar pelos dois". To complement the jury panel, the winner of the second season and representative of Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, Nadav Guedj was invited to vote. According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. For personal reasons one of the judges, Asaf Amdursky did not attend the fourth heat. Noa Bell is the adopted daughter of Keren Peles, therefore Peles was not able to vote during her audition. Israel has produced four Eurovision winners: Izhar Cohen & the Alphabeta (1978), Gali Atari & Milk and Honey (1979), Dana International (1998) and Netta (2018). Each nation's jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. All the contestants performed behind the wall except for the first contestant Adva Omer who performed in front of the judges and the audience. Among the contestants was Keshet Ben Ze'ev, the nephew of Izhar Cohen who (together with Alphabeta) won the Eurovision Song Contest 1978 with the song "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" and who finished fifth in the Eurovision Song Contest 1985 with the song "Olé, Olé".[7]. In the end the contestant with the lowest score got eliminated. [19], The fifth heat was broadcast on 22 January 2018 and consisted of two rounds. In addition to their performances Barzilai and Ben Ari performed "Na'im achshav" by and together with Elai Botner & The Outside Kids before the duel. Among the contestants was Almog Kapach who previously took part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 and 2017 as a backing vocalist behind Hovi Star and IMRI and also participated in the previous edition of the competition as a member of the band Beatbox Element, finishing fourth.[9]. 2018年 2月には、 スパイス・ガールズ の「 ワナビー (Wannabe)」を歌い、リッキー・ベン・アリ (Ricky Ben Ari) との1対1の対決に敗れたものの、審査員たちのチョイスで次のステージに進出した 。 Israel has been announced as the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, storming to victory with TOY in Lisbon, Portugal. [20], The sixth heat was broadcast in two parts on 28 and 29 January 2018. The semi-final was broadcast in two parts on 8 and 11 February 2018. And Sweden’s chances were ruined when they received just 21 points from the viewers. The United Kingdom’s SuRie finished in 24th place, despite a respectable result in the viewer vote following an incident with a stage invader. Out of the selected 120 contestants ninety-nine were shown in the televised auditions where performers were required to achieve 70% of the votes during their performance in order to advance; each member of the judging panel could boost a performer's score by 10%. Israel has been announced as the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, storming to victory with TOY in Lisbon, Portugal. Since the introduction of semi-finals to the format of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004, Israel has, to this point, managed to qualify to the final seven times, including three top ten results in 2005 with Shiri Maimon and "Hasheket Shenish'ar" placing fourth, in 2008 with Boaz and "The Fire In Your Eyes" placing ninth, and in 2015 with Nadav Guedj and "Golden Boy" placing ninth. During each performance the votes were cast only by the viewers through the official mobile application, without the scores appearing on screen. The Israeli entry for the 2018 Contest in Lisbon, Portugal was selected through the reality singing competition HaKokhav HaBa L'Eirovizion ("The Next Star for Eurovision"), which was organised by Keshet and Tedy Productions. Eight of the twenty qualified contestants were paired in four duels. The sixth audition was broadcast in two parts on 3 and 4 December 2017. The first audition was broadcast in two parts on 29 and 31 October 2017. [17], The third heat was broadcast on 14 January 2018 and consisted of two rounds: in the first round six of the remaining twelve contestants were paired in three duels. Advertisement How does the Eurovision Song Contest work? Her shows were protested by human rights campaigners after a call from Palestinian queers , who highlighted Barzilai’s recruitment as an ambassador for Israel, making her activities subject to the institutional boycott that Palestinian civil society calls for. 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