Conchita Wurst has praised Israel’s song for Eurovision 2018 and said that she would “love” to see Netta win the contest.
Speaking in a new interview for British newspaper, The Independent, the Eurovision 2014 winner was asked her opinion on she thought would win Eurovision 2018. Conchita remarked:
Germany could have won it had they sent Ryk with the song You and I. You must listen to it. This song was so good, he would have been the best contestant in Lisbon but Germany went with a different choice.
I would run with Netta from Israel. If she wins I will love it. The first time I heard Toy [Netta’s track] I was like “oh my god, this is so good, so incredible”, it’s a little bit Bjork, it’s a little bit quirky. But then I have to say the chorus, to me, was a disappointment – it becomes a little bit obvious. Again, who am I to judge? I had a song that was called That’s What I Am, so it doesn’t get any more obvious than that! But y’know that’s just my taste.
According to bookmakers, Netta is the current favourite to win the upcoming contest in Lisbon. Netta has also emerged victorious in various preview shows across Europe including in Iceland and in Germany.
The popularity of “Toy” since its release has stretched beyond Europe. The Ugandan youth charity Spoon Youth went viral on social media after posting their dance routine to the song.
Conchita herself has good form in choosing a Eurovision winner – last year she supported Salvador Sobral who ultimately took the trophy for Portugal.
Netta will be performing her song “Toy” in the first semi-final of the contest on Tuesday 8 May. The song has been written and composed by Doron Medalie and Stav Beger. Doron is known for having written the Israeli entries for the Eurovision Song Contest in both 2015 and 2016. Netta was chosen as the Israeli singer for 2017 after winning The Next Star talent contest in Israel.
Source: The Independent
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.