Winners Of The Decade! – Israel 2018

Photo By: Andres Putting

On this new series of weekly posts, we remind you of the winners of the past decade! Can you believe it that another Eurovision decade has passed? The 10 songs that got the gold for their countries will be presented in random order!

In this decade we saw, of course, ten winners. From that number Sweden won two times. Azerbaijan and Portugal won for their first time and Germany and Austria for second time. The Netherlands won for the fifth time after 44 years! Moreover, Ukraine, Denmark and Israel mark their 2nd, 3rd and 4th win respectively. 

Israel in ESC

Israel debuted at the contest in 1973 with the song “Ey Sham” by Ilanit. Her entry finished 4th with 97 points.

From 1973, until today Israel has participated a total of forty-two times, missing the contest four times – more recently in 1997. From the 42 contest, the country has missed the finals 6 times, missing it in 1997, 2007 and from 2011 until 2014. The country has won four times in 1978, 1979, 1998 and 2018.

It has achieved the Top-10 twenty times, four times the 1st, two times the 2nd place and one time the 3rd. It has also placed two times in 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th and 9th place and three times 7th. Its worst result in the final is the 24th place, whilst in the semis, it has finished 24th with 17 points in 2007.

Israel in 2018

In 2018, the contest was held in Lisbon, Portugal, after its last year’s win. Israel chose its representative for the contest through a national final, HaKokhav HaBa (Rising Star). The winner of the national final was Netta. Her song “Toy” was internally selected.

The song was composed by Doron Medalie and Stav Beger. The song came first in the semi with 283 points and on the night of the final achieved again the first place with 529 points.


Netta was born on 22nd January 1993, in Hod HaSharon, Israel. Her full name is Netta Barzilai. As a child, she lived for a couple of years in Nigeria. She has studied electronic music but didn’t take her degree. In 2017, Netta competed in HaKokhav HaBa, the original Israeli format of Rising Star. This music competition was used to select the artist for the 2018 contest. After all, Netta was the winner and a couple of months later gave her country its fourth win.

What do you think about the song? Do you like it? Do you think is it one of the most memorable entries from Israel? Let us know in the comment box below.

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