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Tel Aviv parties as Israel's Netta Barzilai wins Eurovision Song Contest

Thousands of Israelis took to the streets of Tel Aviv early on Sundayto celebrate Netta Barzilai's win in the Eurovision song contest.

Barzilai's win in Lisbon was Israel's fourth in the glitzy pageant, watched by over 200 million people around the world. It also guarantees their right to host the event next year, which will be Israel's first since 1998.

Crowds of Israelis joined the party in Tel Aviv's Rabin square, dancing in a pool under the glow of a municipality building lit up with the word 'TOY' -- the name of Netta's lively dance mix that has a women's empowerment twist.

Cyprus and Israel had been the bookmakers' favourites going into the 63rd edition of the Eurovision contest, which was hosted in the Portuguese capital Lisbon.

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