Netta representing Israel Wins the Eurovision Song Contest 2018

This year's Grand Final ended with a big surprise and celebration when Israel won the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. It was Israel's fourth time winning, exactly 20 years after that last victory in 1998 by Dana Internation.

The winning song Netta Barzilai's "Toy" has been bookies favorite for weeks, up until the last weeks prior to Eurovision when countries like Cypus and Austria seemed to take ahead and challenge the long time bookies favorite.

Barzilai is a 25-year-old Israel-born singer known for her looping singing technique and arrangements. Last year she won the "Hakokhav Haba," qualifying her to represent Israel the the most watched entertainment show in the world. As part of the final performance she was accompanied by dancers and her signature looping machine delivering a summer anthem with a strong message.

The winning song "Toy" is truly a #metoo anthem covering topics of female empowerment and celebration of differences. As part of her acceptance speech Netta gloriously said "thank you for so much for choosing different". While the Eurovision viewers seems to love her, she has received criticism for her appearance and an odd musical style, which seemed to work in advantage of her, making her highly distinctive and memorable. The quirky electronic tune has already received over 70 million views on YouTube.

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Valev Laube is an Estonian-born brand manager, artist, and designer currently based in New York.

He is an alumnus of the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY) and the United World College of the Adriatic (Duino, Italy). 
His works have been exhibited both in the United States and Canada, and his performed world-wide.

His most recent projects include a web presence and design project for a world-wide brand consultancy Marquee Brand Builder, branding for a promotional goods design and production company Sacatelle, and many other design work for companies such Kenneth Cole, Steve Madden, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and many others. His most recent independent projects include organizing a multidisciplinary concert "Tonality of Culture" (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.), creating a music video for an Estonian-Finnish indie-pop band Popidiot, branding and curating works for The Foundation for Estonian Arts and Letters (New York, NY).

In 2016 and 2017 he was the creative director of the Estonian Cultural Days in New York, and collaborated as a video artist on a performance-art show "Reflection Spectrum" at Anita's Way (New York, NY).