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Israel: Netta Barzilai Will Mark 70 Years of Israel at The Torchlighting Ceremony

Netta Barzilai is among a number of Israeli singers and artists who will be performing as to part of the Torchlight Ceremony, marking 70 years of the state of Israel.

Netta Barzilai will be among singers from across Israel taking part in the Torchlighting Ceremony. The ceremony which has been held annually that combines Yom Hazikaron and Israeli Independence Day. Netta is expected to perform “על הדבש ועל העוקץ” (About the honey and the sting) by the famous Israeli singer Naomi Shemer.

Netta is 25 years old and comes from Tel Aviv. She became one of the standout contestants of the show due to her use of a vocal looper. Her performance of “A Ba Ni Bi”, the winning song of Eurovision 1978, earned her praise from Izhar Cohen, the original performer of the song. Netta’s song for Lisbon will be selected at a later date. A public call for songs is currently open until February 19.


Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest

Israel debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1973, and were represented by Ilanit who finished in 4th place with the song “Ey Sham”. Their first victory came in 1978 with Izar Cohen and the Alphabeta. Israel won again the following year with Gali Atari & Milk and Honey. Israel’s most recent victory came in 1998 when Dana International performed “Diva” in Birmingham, beating Malta to victory in a tense voting sequence. Israel struggled in the contest during the early-2010s, failing to qualify for the final from 2011-2014. However since the HaKokhav HaBa selection process was introduced in 2015 they have qualified three times, with Nadav Guedj finishing in 9th in 2015, Hovi Star finishing in 14th in 2016 and Imri finishing in 23rd in 2017.

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