America, get ready for Netta
The powerhouse singer from Israel who won Eurovision is about to make her big break in the States.
She beat out more than 40 artists from around the world to become the Eurovision 2018 champion. She's shaken hands with a prince, performed to sold-out venues and watched her first single reach 85 million views on YouTube.
Hard to imagine that just a few months ago, no one had ever heard of Netta Barzilai. But now, having dominated the world's longest-running and most popular talent show with a quirky tune about female empowerment (with the added bonus of clucking!), the 25-year-old Israeli is making sure you'll remember her name.
"I'm not your toy, you stupid boy," goes the refrain of "Toy," her winning single, and with that, the artist now known only as "Netta" has been thrust into the pop spotlight.
Just this week, the beatboxing, chicken-dancing, cricket-chirping songstress from Hod HaSharon, Israel, made her U.S. debut, performing "Toy" on the "Today" Show.
After winning Eurovision, Netta inked a record deal with S-Curve/BMG.
This past week, she performed for Billboard in a Facebook Live broadcast.
In late June, she joined Britain's Prince William on a walk around Tel Aviv.
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, meets Barzilai, who won the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, at the Espresso Bar Kiosk at Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv city, during his official tour of Jordan and Israel on June 27, 2018, in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The singer, who has frequently said that "Toy" is a response to the "Me Too" movement against sexual harassment, vowed to be a voice for women who don't fit the traditional "it" girl mold.
“I didn’t want to be an inspiration but I guess it needed to happen," she told BUILD. "I realized when I won, this is bigger than me and I have to serve the cause."
Netta performs on April 10 in Tel Aviv during a pre-Eurovision Song Contest promotion event, presenting 30 artists in front of a crowd of thousands of people from Israel and Europe. (Photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)
You can still catch Netta's winning song, which has now surpassed 85 million views:
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