Netta Barzilai of Israel wins Eurovision Song Contest

Israeli singer Netta Barzilai has won the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, the annual international singing competition, on a night disrupted by protest.

Barzilai, 25, won on Saturday by singing “Toy,” written and produced by Doron Medalie and Stav Beger. Barzilai has an “extensive background in music,” according to Eurovision’s website. She studied music in high school and at Israel’s Rimon School of Music.

Barzilai thanked her fans Saturday in a video on Eurovision’s Twitter account.

“Thank you for choosing me. Thank you for choosing different. Thank you for choosing daring. I love you, keep that going. Do good to others, be good to yourselves,” she said with a smile. “That’s about it, let’s party!”

This year’s contest, featuring singers from 43 countries, was broadcast from Lisbon, Portugal.

Cyprus took home second place in this year’s competition and Austria came in third.

But perhaps the biggest talking point of the evening was the protester who charged the stage during British singer SuRie’s performance of her song, “Storm.”

Wearing a bandana and a backpack, the man apparently shouted “Nazis of the UK media, we demand freedom,” after grabbing the microphone from the singer. He was quickly dragged offstage by a security agent, and SuRie was handed another microphone while barely a missing a beat.

“Well, I’ve always said anything can happen at Eurovision,” tweeted the performer afterward. She finished 24th out of 26 countries.

Eurovision is staged by public broadcasters who are members of the European Broadcasting Union, which stretches from western Europe to Russia and the Middle East.

This is the 63rd year of the competition, according to the contest’s website.