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By Pete Devine

It's hardly surprising that the dance number Toy has attracted the attention of devotees of the Eurovision.

In fact, it has proved to be the out and out favourite to date, but the chances are it's because fans have taken an early punt on this year's Israel entry Netta, who for them ticks all the boxes for them.

However, for those who exercise a little more objectivity, please beware!

Netta was chosen by the public at this year’s Rising Star reality music show, HaKokhav HaBa L'Eurovizion ('The Next Star For Eurovision').

Netta, 25, comes from a musical background, studying the topic at hight school before going on to study in the renowned Rimon School of Music.

In 2012, Netta was an instructor at a camp for young musicians  and has served in the Israeli navy band as a singer. 

After leaving the navy, she became a house singer at the Bar Giora club where she organised weekly blues nights for three years.

In 2016, Netta co-founded an improvised singing ensemble The Experiment, with whom she toured around the country and at the same time collaboarated with the famous Bat Sheva ensemble. 

More recently, she landed a leading role in the theatre production Running on the Sea, with theatre professor Ruth Kanner and composer Avshalom Ariel, who is one of her backing vocalists this in this year's Eurovision Song Contest. 

In 2017, she landed a role in Noam Inbar's composition The Book of Challenges.  

Netta has also been an active soloist for two years in the successful show group Gaberband and performing both at home and abroad.

Previous Entries

2017 - Imri Ziv "I Feel Alive"

2016 - Hovi Star "Made of Stars" - 14th (135 points)

2015 - Nadev Guedj "Golden Boy" - 9th (97 points)

2014 - Mei Finegold "Same Heart" - Failed to qualify to final

2013 - Moran Mazor "Rak Bishvilo" - Failed to qualify to final

2012 - Izabo "Time" - Failed to qualify to final

2011 - Dana International "Ding Dong" - Failed to qualify to final

2010 - Harel Skaat "Milim" - 14th (71 points)

2009 - Noa & Mira Awad "There Must Be Another Way" - 16th (53 points)

2008 - Bo'az Ma'uda "The Fire In Your Eyes" - 9th (124 points)

2007 - Teapacks "Push the Button" - Failed to qualify to final

2006 - Eddie Butler "Together We Are One" - 23rd (4 points)

2005 - Shiri Maimon "HaSheket SheNish'ar" - 4th (154 points)

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