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Prior to departing Israel for the Eurovision song contest, Neta Barzilai promised to “conquer” European hearts and minds. She did not disappoint.

By Yossi Aloni |
Neta Barzilai,
Photo: Flash90

“I’m not your toy, you stupid boy,” Barzilai belted out during the chorus of her song “Toy,” which brought Israel its fourth ever victory in the Eurovision, a massive international spectacle with an estimated 200 million viewers. Barzilai managed to tally up an impressive 529 points, awarded by viewers calling in their votes, which gave her a comfortable victory over runner-up Cyprus (436 points).


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