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11:22WATCH Netanyahu Celebrates Israel's Eurovision Win With Chicken Dance

16 May 2018

Since then nothing until last night.

This was the first time Israel has won the competition in 20 years.

Hours before the Eurovision song contest's kickoff, Rafi Kishon posted on Facebook a sobering message and a picture of himself wearing a head of lettuce for a hat.

Long favored by the Eurovision betting charts, and a serious fan favorite, "Toy" has become an global hit for its #MeToo theme.

The lyrics say, "I'm not your toy, You stupid boy, I'll take you down".

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"Look, it's an fantastic time when women are searching for and finding their voices", she added. But it's an empowerment song for everybody in general, for everybody who's been struggling being themselves, struggling with their bosses, with the government. "Toy" won the match with a combined score of 529 points, giving it a huge lead of 93 points over Cyprus, which came in second, and a 187-point lead over Austria in third place. Earlier this spring Rabin Square hosted the Eurovision preparty Israel Calling, which was reportedly attended by some 30,000 people.

The Eurovision 2018 contestant secured Israel's fourth victory in Lisbon this weekend, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu quickly tweeted to congratulate her. "To think Australia is now part of [this], we're representing each other, we're competing, we get to write and deliver songs on that stage", she said.

Those are not just empty words.

The team, who analysed data collected around the time of the Eurovision Song Contest (May and June) between 2009-2015, found that people reported being more satisfied with their life if their country had done well in the Eurovision Song Contest that year. This controversial day in the Israeli calendar marks the date that the whole of Jerusalem was brought under Israeli rule. The victory means Israel will host the event next year. That's because the 1980 contest dates conflicted with Israeli Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron).

The three Israeli songs that had won the contest before "Toy" - "A-Ba-Ni-Bi" in 1978, "Hallelujah" in 1979 and Dana International's "Diva" in 1998 - were sung in Hebrew.

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Netta responded that she won't be able to attend the June 8 event because she'll be marching in Tel Aviv Pride, a rally which she said was "much more important" to her.

Her experience has given her plenty of poise onstage.

Nevertheless, the victory had her overcome with emotion.

"Thank you for choosing me". Thank you so much for accepting differences between us. "Thank you, I love my country!" "Because we are separated with so many views and political sides and all that, this contest made us one country, one people and I'm so happy for that". "It's so fun that we got it and we deserve it", she said in her acceptance speech.

Americans who find themselves in Israel in May discovered with a sense of surprise that there exists a major global competition that is important to much of the world...and has nothing to do with soccer....but Americans barely know it.

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11:22WATCH Netanyahu Celebrates Israel's Eurovision Win With Chicken Dance