Eurovision Returns To Glitz, Politics And Censorship

Netta, representing Israel, celebrates her win in Lisbon, Portugal, Saturday, during the Eurovision Song Contest grand final.

Israel has won the Eurovision Song Contest, held this year in Lisbon.

The winning song, “Toy,” by Netta, was a return to the over-the-top, cheesy style that many people associate with the singing competition.

When he won last year, Portuguese singer Salvador Sobral told the crowd he hoped his victory would bring back “music that means something.” He said, “Music is not fireworks, music is feeling.”

He couldn’t have been feeling too good, then, when he handed the Eurovision trophy to Netta.

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Netta Performs “Toy”

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Her song was pure pop weirdness, and the fans in the arena loved it. Sobral, on the other hand reportedly criticized the song in an interview with Portuguese newspaper Público earlier in the week.

After winning, Netta told the crowd “thank you so much for choosing different.”

And different she was.

During her performance Netta was flanked by two walls with shelves and shelves of the maneki-neko cat figurine, each waving its paw.

Her backup dancers, dressed in black-and-pink jumpsuits, danced in jerky movements while making expressive faces. Frequently, both they and Netta would break out into a chicken…

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