Netta Barzilai was crowned dawn of yesterday in Lisbon winner of Eurovision, but way to summit has not been easy. His childhood — as she has recognized on several occasions — was "riddled with derision" by his physique, which made him take refuge in music. He found a weapon in front of harassers who reinforced his personality and his determination to show world as it is, regardless of criticism of his peculiar image or his music, also unusual.More information
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Netta was born 25 years ago in Hod Hasharon — norast of Tel Aviv — in a Jewish family that had to emigrate to Nigeria for labour reasons. There he spent more than four years of his earliest childhood before returning to Israel. While listening to Toy — song with which Netta has conquered Europe — does not appear, musical start of Israeli artist was strongly marked by soul and rhythm and blues of figures such as Aretha Franklin and Etta James. Partly because of that childhood in Nigeria surrounded by African rhythms.
He specialized in electronic music and jazz at School of Music Rimon, in his hometown, and a few years later when he discovered Looper, a device with which he could record his voice and play it instantly adding electronic effects. Netta found in him an ideal instrument to unleash his creativity and presented to popular talent contest HaKokhav Haba ( next star), Israeli version of Operation Triunfo, which serves to elect representative of country in Eurovision .
The first appearance in program of versatile DJ that, in addition to animate weddings and to make vibrate with its music nights of parties of some premises of Tel Aviv, touches acoustic guitar, left no one indifferent. In front of initial stupor, little by little his inexplicable guttural sounds and his surprising stagings made him win heart of public and jury. In quarterfinals he won direct pass to final where he took title of representative of Israel in Eurovision.
Despite success, it was followed by raining criticism from most conservative Israeli sectors and even some colleagues by profession, such as singer, Maya Buskila, who thought that use of digital devices that manipulate voice would disqualify for Eurovisivo Contest. The rapid intervention in defense of Netta of one of judges of Israeli talent contest, Assi Azar, silenced criticisms.
Israel overturned Crows, grotesque grimaces and extravagance of its representative. The catchy Toy, inspired by feminist movement MeToo, little by little began to be in all pools. Without winning, Netta had already achieved one of his great goals: that people enloqueciese dancing to rhythm of ir music.
Already in Lisbon, at pre-Eurovision press conference, he showed that his proposal was more than just an extravagant staging with strange electronic arrangements. Without dressings, nor his beloved Looper, he gained admiration of audience when singing Toy a capella. At all times he said to be calm and focused because what was behind this sudden success was a very hard job. "If you can dream it, you can get it," was his motto.
The boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which advocates economic isolation of Israel to end occupation of Palestinian territories, called for a boycott of its candidacy Eurovisiva because Hebrew artist did Mili in music band of Israeli navy. A period of military service — compulsory in Israel for both men and women — coincided with Israeli offensive in Gaza of 2014 in which more than 2,200 Palestinians and 71 Israelis died.
At end of first qualifying gala for contest, Netta — who is also vocalist of Experiment group — suffered a precipitous fall as staircase descended from Lisbon stage, which could cost him a displeasure. But Israeli, as in his life, took it with humor, rose more strongly than ever and last Saturday did not stumble. It sampled with its throat, raffled all obstacles and European public surrendered to its originality, its contagious rhythm and its powerful jet of voice: 529 points gave him triumph, well above second classified, Cypriot Eleni Vegas, who achieved 436..