Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does quirky Eurovision dance

Israel's singer Netta Barzilai aka Netta reacts after winning the final of the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon

Israel's singer Netta Barzilai aka Netta reacts after winning the final of the 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 at the Altice Arena in Lisbon

He told Barzilai she "charmed the whole world", that she was Israel's greatest ambassador and how he was cheering her on while watching the competition with his whole family. I woke up to the exciting news.

A chorus of congratulatory messages from Israeli lawmakers, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, celebrated both Netta's win and the opportunity for Israel to host.

She confessed she was in disbelief and her "jaw was on the floor" during the performance.

The 20th place in the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest was not the achievement Jessica Mauboy hoped to book on behalf of Australia. "I really, honestly felt like I gave my all and sang my heart out as much as I could".

Kishon, a political hawk and the son of the late humorist Ephraim Kishon, failed to predict the future: Barzilai's unconventional song "Toy" in fact did win the contest, earning the fourth-highest score in the pan-European song competition's 63-year history.

A new study has shown that the view of the worldwide song contest Eurovision has an impact on the level of life satisfaction. Last night she proved them all wrong.

A win at the hugely popular Eurovision contest is as big as it gets.

Apparently the "show" and lyrics of "Toy" broke the hold of the BDS and other anti-Israel groups.

She won the competition with her song "Toy", a pop anthem that is all about female independence. It's clear that she won't starve herself into submission.

From Semester 2 this year the University of Melbourne will offer a subject called Eurovisions (EURO10002).

The prospect of Israel hosting next year's contest in Jerusalem shines a spotlight on the contested city just as Israel marks the annual Jerusalem Day, the anniversary of what it refers to as the city's "unification" following the 1967 war, and a day before the United States is set to officially open its embassy in the city.

In a country with a perpetual sense of siege, Israel tends to go gaga over any global success that reinforces its image of itself as a normal country.

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

The move has alienated Palestinians, who see it as step away from peace and the chance for them to create an independent state alongside Israel, also with Jerusalem as its capital.

And President Reuven Rivlin tweeted, "We're proud of you". It was the very first time Portugal hosted the contest.

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