Netta Barzilai, the 2018 Eurovision winner from Israel, was welcomed with open arms in China, where she performed her hit, “Nana Banana” before an audience of 500 million people on Chinese television. She performed on the show with Naomi Wang, the singer who has been dubbed “China’s Beyoncé.” Wang flaunts her tanned, freckled skin, which challenges the Chinese stereotype of the porcelain-skinned demure pop princess, just as Netta’s fuller figure is at odds with the image of the skinny singers who usually top the charts.
Netta, who triumphed at Eurovision in 2018 with “Toy,” a defiant anthem of female empowerment, also performed at the 2019 contest and has had a successful career in Israel and abroad since her victory. Her video for “Toy” received more than 20 million views even before she performed it at Eurovision. The China performance is just the latest example of how her fame has spread all over the world, far beyond Europe and the Middle East. Recently, the postal service of Chad issued stamps that pay tribute to Eurovision featuring two images of Netta. Chad recently renewed diplomatic relations with Israel. It has also been reported that Netta will have a role in a new Netflix movie about Eurovision starring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams.View this post on InstagramI just can't believe how fortunate I am. I got a CRAZY opportunity to sing my song in front of 500 million people that know nothing about me -- live on Chinese television. It felt so surreal. In China they do not use our social media like FB or IG, and all the streaming platforms are different. It's like starting from scratch and there's nothing more beautiful and painful than that. I want to say thanks to @naomiwangjv who welcomed me so well and sang so beautifuly with me . I Also wanna thank @degoinsta and @pangea_music_official for this Killa Arrangement