And the winner is… Israel with its song “Toy” performed by the 25-year-old singer Netta Barzilai. 43 countries participated in the Eurovision Song contest 2018, which took place at the Altice Arena hall in Lisbon (Portugal).
It was Israel’s fourth victory in the history, after winning the contest respectively in 1978, 1979 and 1998. Netta’s triumph generated enthusiasm in Israel. In fact, thousands of fans expressed their joy, dancing in front of Tel Aviv’s town hall.
Netta was congratulated by political leaders, such as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who wrote on his Facebook page “Next year in Jerusalem”, and the mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat.
Both politicians expressed their willingness to organize the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Jerusalem. As a matter of fact, Israel is already getting ready to welcome the next Eurovision song contest. The mayor assured that Jerusalem’s municipality would provide all the assistance to complete this ambitious project.
Obviously, organizing such an event comes at some price for Israel. However, a study realised by Aliza Fleischer et Daniel Felsenstein in 2001, highlighted the return on investment that would arise. In fact, it appears that nowadays, the Eurovision gathers an audience estimated at around 200 000 people.
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