Congratulations Israel! Netta has officially been crowned the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, giving Israel their fourth win.
“Toy” was first drawn to compete at the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, in which it was performed seventh in a field of nineteen songs, and achieved first place, based on a combination of fourth placing from televote and first from jury. In the final the song was performed 22nd in a field of 26, and won, based on third placing with 212 points from the jury and winning the televote with 317 points, achieving overall first place with a combined score of 529 points.
Netta spoke during the press conferences for Eurovision about the meaning of the song, citing female empowerment and that it was inspired by the #MeToo movement.
She explained: “The song has an important message. The awakening of female power and social justice, wrapped in a colourful, happy vibe.”
“Toy” will now be performed by Netta next year during the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 Grand Final hosted in Israel. The exact venue to host the competition has yet to be announced or decided with most fans hoping for a venue in or close to Tel Aviv due to the 24-hour culture and lively nightlife.