Netta is among the top favourites to win this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Toy’, her high-energy track which has raised eyebrows with its vocal loops and chicken-inspired beatboxing.
But while it’s the entry every Eurovision viewer will have an opinion on during this year’s competition, it seems current victor Salvador Sobral - who won on behalf of Portugal last year - is no fan.
Hitting out at Netta, and the Song Contest in general, he told Eurovision fansite Wiwibloggs: “YouTube thought I would like the Israeli song. I opened it and a horrible song came out of it. Luckily this year I do not have to hear anything.
He added: “Last year people would say, ‘Now that you’ve won things [at Eurovision] will change!’ I do not think so. Maybe in the future.”
Fortunately, it doesn’t sound like Netta is too bothered with what Salvador thinks of her musical offerings, tweeting: “Sending only love to Salvador, and to all artists of all genres.”
Netta was previously praised by this year’s UK Eurovision entrant SuRie, who told HuffPost UK earlier this year: “I want to see how [‘Toy’] is done live, I cannot wait.
“I think she’s a class act with her vocal looping, I’ve gone down a YouTube black hole watching all of her amazing looping live, and how she integrates that within the chicken beatboxing.
“She’s a pro… I think she’s going to smash it.”
Salvador’s win last year, with acoustic ballad ‘Amar Pelos Dois’ was a change of pace for Eurovision, with its stripped-back arrangement and minimal staging.
The track was written by his sister, who performed it with him at the end of the ceremony, following his victory.
Take a listen to Netta’s ‘Toy’ below: