Israel has become the shock favourite to win Eurovision with a song inspired by the #MeToo movement.
Netta Barzilai’s Toy shot to the top of betting charts this week with odds of 3-1 for victory, up from 20-1 before its release, ahead of the contest in May.
The song, almost entirely in English apart from the phrase, “I am not a doll” sung in Hebrew, was written by Doron Medley and Stav Beger, and has already been hailed by critics for its quirkiness.
Riding the wave of #MeToo, the global campaign against sexual harassment, the track includes references to Wonder Woman, played by Israeli star actress Gal Gadot. The chorus states: ‘Wonder woman don’t you ever forget, you’re divine and he’s about to regret. I’m not your toy, you stupid boy”.
The song is “current, catchy and powerful” according to Metro, which adds that “Netta can own a stage. Expect this one to go big in the Eurovision arena.”
With comparisons to the smash-hit song Gangnam Style, viewers can also expect to see something very different thanks to the inclusion of chicken noises and a chicken dance.
Israel has previously won Eurovision three times. Barzilai is set to perform at the semi-finals in Lisbon on May 8 and if successful, will appear in the live final on May 12.