The singer Netta Barzilai, who won the Eurovision Song Contest 2018
for Israel with the song "Toy", will go on tour in Europe later this month.
Barzilai will visit Austria, France, Germany, Switzerland and Great Britain. The dates of the tour are below:
November 12 Vienna, Austria on Grelle Forelle
November 13 Zurich, Switzerland in the Plaza
November 15 Berlin, Germany no Lido
November 17 Paris, France on Salle Wagram
November 18 Cologne, Germany at Club Bahnhof-Ehrenfeld
November 21st London, United Kingdom at Heaven
With a multicolored kimono, clucking sounds and chicken-like dance moves, Netta Barzilai won the crowd with a #MeToo-inspired hit to claim the Eurovision Song Contest.
Now that she's starting her first tour in Europe, the pop star told AFP in an interview that she plans to deliver a message of empowerment after overcoming her own doubts.
Her winning song, "Toy," became a hymn to others who, like her, were bullied or made to feel left out.
She said her childhood was marked by teasing about her body and bouts of bulimia.
"We're made to feel small in all sorts of situations. I do not want to feel smaller," the 25-year-old said Saturday at her apartment in Tel Aviv.
"I want to empower and love, be empowered and empower others. Because when we send good energy, it comes back to us and makes the world a better place."
Articulate and intense, Barzilai said that she applied for a place representing Israel in 2018 at Eurovision in Lisbon because she was not managing to survive as an experimental musician. "I did not know anything about Eurovision," she confessed.
Before the contest rocked her life, Barzilai said she and her band would be "paid for in beer and basically in jelly."
"I got drunk, sang on the tables, ate fries on people's plates and sang about them," she said.
"I tried to get a job in music, but it was very special to stand behind someone like a backing vocal or singing at weddings."
Barzilai's mother pushed her to leave Tel Aviv and return to her home in Hod HaSharon, while her father suggested that she learn agronomy and join him in the family business.
In desperation, she turned to an Israeli reality show whose winner would represent the country in Eurovision. She never expected something to come from the local show beyond, perhaps, "make shows."
But she finally got through and took her eccentric look and show to Lisbon, where her win won Israel the right to host Eurovision 2019, which will take place in Tel Aviv.
Based on the "superman powers" he received after his victory, Barzilai can now return to Europe as a star with a repertoire that blends his Eurovision fame and avant-garde roots.
There have been calls for artists to boycott next year's Eurovision in Tel Aviv over Israel's military presence in Palestinian territory, but Barzilai does not think a boycott will solve anything.
"Instead of boycotting, we should think about how we can help, how to improve the situation," she said. "Tell me where to sing to solve the world's problems and I will."
Unconcerned that calls to stay away could undermine the event next year, she added, "I think you will be very happy here and these voices are small."
For tickets and more information, visit Netta official site