Sunday, May 13, 2018

Another Mizrahi Eurovision winner: Netta Barzilai

Mabrouk to Netta Barzilai, Israel's winning contestant in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. From her surname, Netta is of Mizrahi origin. She is the latest of a string of Mizrahi entrants.

Israel won in 1978 with the song  AbaNibi performed by Izhar Cohen and the Alphabeta; in 1979 with the song Hallelujah performed by Milk and Honey and in 1998 with Diva perfomed by Dana International.

 Since the introduction of semi-finals  in 2004, Israel has managed to qualify for the final seven times. In 2005,  Shiri Maimon and Hasheket Shenish'ar was placed fourth. In  2008, Boaz and The fire in your eyes came ninth. In 2015 Nadav Guedj came ninth with Golden Boy. In 2017 Imri Ziv represented Israel in Kiev in the Ukraine. The song came 23rd out of 26th in the final.

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