Netta Barzilai, the Israeli representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, has filmed her postcard for the contest in Lisbon.
Netta filmed her postcard in various locations throughout the city, including Praça dos Restauradores, with Avenida da Liberdade as the backdrop, the ruins of the Carmo Convert and Largo do Intedente.
Located in the Lower Town, at the southern end of Avenida da Liberdade and a few meters from Rossio, Praça dos Restauradores is characterized by the high obelisk, 30 meters high, inaugurated on April 28, 1886 and commemorating the liberation of Portugal from Spain in 1640. A few metres away and overlooking the square are the ruins of the Carmo Convent, former convent of the Order of the Carmelites of the Old Observance, founded in 1389 by Nuno Álvares Pereira. The group, which was the main Gothic church in Lisbon, was ruined by the earthquake of 1755, and the habitable part of the convent, the Carmo quarter, was one of the main centres of the Carnation Revolution.
The postcards are short clips that are shown to the audience while the artist gets ready on stage. The following artists have also filmed their postcards:
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
Netta Barzilai will represent Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal in May. Netta was selected after she won The Next Star for Eurovision. Her song “Toy” was then selected for her at a later date.
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.