Should every other country just stay home? Probs.
Ah, Eurovision. It’s a barmy night of technical difficulties, language barriers, and bizarre performances. There’s also the odd chance that a few good songs might sneak their way into the competition too.
To be held in Lisbon, this year’s Eurovision contest is already in full swing with semi-finalists being announced left, right, and centre. There could be a surge of LGBTQ+ representation too. One of Ireland’s semi-finalists recently unveiled a music video with a same-sex couple, whilst Croatia will be represented by LGBTQ+ activist Franka Batelíc.
Oddschecker recently revealed that 25 per cent of all bets placed on Eurovision so far have been on one particular country winning. Could it be the United Kingdom? Yeah, no. Nobody is placing bets on the United Kingdom winning. Israel is currently the sure-fire win for the contest, to be held in May.
So, what’s got punters in such a frenzy? Despite the fact that this year’s contest will be the last appearance for Israel in Eurovision (booo!), their entry is also balls-to-the-wall insanely catchy… and unusual. Which always helps.
Netta Barzilai, who is representing Israel in the content, is no stranger to winning music competitions. She recently won season 5 of HaKokhav HaBa (Hebrew for The Next Star), a show which finds the next performer to represent Israel in Eurovision.
Barzilai’s song ‘Toy’ has already racked up over 5 million views on YouTube and that’s perhaps down to the fact that the song is quirky to the max, thanks to its unique use of loop stations that record elements of sound so that they can be used again in performance.
We don’t want to spoil too much about the song, so hit the play button below and see for yourself why ‘Toy’ could be going down in Eurovision history…
The track is co-written by gay composer Doron Medalie and Stav Beger, who also serves as producer. Medalie will also take on directing duties for the performance of the song.
To strengthen the likelihood of their potential win, the song has also become a bit of a viral sensation. Spoon Youth, an African charity, recently posted posted a video of their youth group and dance crew performing to the track. The group work with the Little Light Children’s Centre Uganda, a self help community care service, and are trying to raise funds for a brighter future for their performers. You can donate here.
Their video has already gathered over 150k views, which you can see below.
Nessa herself has already seen the video, and we’re think she’s quite impressed!
— Netta Barzilai (@NettaBarzilai) March 18, 2018