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New Song by Israeli Eurovision Winner Gets Nearly Two Million Views in Three Days

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Israel’s Netta Barzilai performs after winning the 2018 Eurovision song contest at the Altice Arena hall in Lisbon, Portugal, May 12, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Pedro Nunes.

CTech – Israeli Eurovision winner Netta Barzilai’s new song has reached over 1.8 million views on YouTube since its release Thursday.

The video for the song called “Bassa Sababa” — a combination of two Hebrew-Arabic slang words translated as “bummer” and “that’s cool,” respectively — portrays Barzilai as a bride who, after being left at the altar, chases her groom around a video game-like city, threatening to ram him with a horn attached to her forehead. She later turns into a pink rhino to complete the chase.

“Bassa Sababa” is the first song released by Barzilai since she took home the trophy at the Eurovision international song contest held in Lisbon in May with her hit “Toy.” In July, Universal Music Group threatened to sue the creators of “Toy,” claiming it plagiarizes the song “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes. The suit was later settled outside of court, according to an August report by Israeli news website Ynet.

Thanks to Barzilai’s win, Israel was chosen to host the 2019 Eurovision contest for the fourth time. The event will take place in May in Tel Aviv and is expected to draw some 20,000 tourists. In January, Tel Aviv posted a tender for setting up a large-scale camping site at its northern Yarkon Park to house some 2,000 people for a period of about six weeks, which include the Eurovision and the Gay Pride events scheduled for June in the city.

View the video for “Bassa Sababa” below:

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