Eurovision 2018: Israel's Netta Barzilai song SLAMMED by Lorraine Kelly 'Beyond bad'

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Netta Barzilai is sassy, she's fun and she can sing - and now the Israeli has won the Eurovision Song Contest with a catchy techno dance tune about women's empowerment.

And President Reuven Rivlin tweeted, "We're proud of you".

'The gift was that Eurovision will be coming to Jerusalem next year, and we are proud to be hosting it'.

Those are not just empty words. The choice of the city where the contest will take place remains at the discretion of the winning country's leadership.

It may be tricky to pin down a date since the May calendar is full of Israeli holidays including Independence Day. But unlike other nations, in order for it to do battle within the parameters of an global contest, Israel must also fight the forces of "BDS" - the Palestinian-initiated effort to isolate the Jewish state by not participating in cultural, academic, sporting or professional events. That's because the 1980 contest dates conflicted with Israeli Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron). The previous Israeli to win was Dana International in 1998 with the song "Diva".

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Upon her arrival to her home country, Netta was greeted enthusiastically by thousands of people at Tel Aviv's Rabin Square.

Her experience has given her plenty of poise onstage.

The representative of Sweden at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, Loreen, with her song "Euphoria" topped the poll (1,807 votes, or 25%).

Nevertheless, the victory had her overcome with emotion. Thank you for choosing different. "I am happy that we managed to create a reason for joy in a country that does not have a lot of reasons to celebrate". Thank you so much for accepting differences between us. Netta Barzilai's "excellent" song could not win Eurovision "because Europe is imbued with bi-coloured anti-Semitism: The classic Christian anti-Semitism of Holocaust's perpetrators and Muslim anti-Semitism that's striking root" there, he wrote, vowing to eat his own "hat" if he's proven wrong. At a short press conference held alongside the plane, Barzilai said: "This is a great moment for me, for the [Israeli] delegation and for the country". Announced by President Donald Trump last December, the move upended a decades-old USA policy of refraining from recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's sovereign capital until peace is reached between Israelis and Palestinians. You shouldn't be surprised to know that I had never heard of Netta Barzalai before reading all sorts of negative things on news sites and social media.

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