But they have a very proud musical tradition here in Portugal, so they're not doing Swedish-style parody songs. "They haven't taken this lightly and I think it's a move in the right direction so I'm happy about it.". ... May 12, 2018. Host nation Portugal suffered from the infamous winners’ curse, entering a rather forgettable bit of blissed-out balladry that sank right to the bottom of the scoreboard (a similar fate to that of Austria in 2014, and Ukraine in 2017). . Find out how. Voters in the UK can vote for the country of their choice by phone, either from a landline using a regular 11-digit phone number, or from a mobile phone using a shortened 7-digit number. I can see why everyone hates #Eurovision if they just tune into the first 20 minutes of pageant nonsense. Both the title of her song and its fabulous genderbending video recall Lady Gaga. You can’t put a price on experience, and he might do very well indeed, but it’s possible that Europe will feel he’s already had his time in the sun. "It's a slow start..." says Graham Norton. With its billowing sails and haunting lyrics, Higher Ground could be the theme song for any of the popular swords-and-sex television series du jour, and Rasmussen’s similarity to a certain Game of Thrones character has not gone unnoticed. Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018 was the national final format developed by PBS to select the Maltese entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. More than one hack in the Telegraph office was left with a trembling lip. 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If she were telling us that Pikachu is brilliant, the powers that be might be less relaxed about it. A quick reminder, in case you weren't listening to Graham: Voting opens after all of the countries have performed. He’s actually only been doing the job since 2011, and is just 56, so Graham’s teasing feels a little cruel. Along with SuRie and Lea Sirk, Cláudia is the third woman to be sporting rose-tinted hair at Eurovision. He was jailed for his political activism in his home country in 1969, and later spent two years living in London.Â. Personally, we’re in favour of seeing more fictional superheroes take part in Eurovision. Was Logan right? The man, who is thought to be the serial stage-crasher who goes by the name ‘Dr Activist’, shouted what sounded to be “For the Nazis of the UK media, we demand freedom!” into the live mic before he was grabbed by security and taken off-stage. O’Shaughnessy’s performance was censored from a recent Chinese broadcast, allegedly because the choreography features a love story between two male dancers. 48 points. To fill the last few minutes before tonight's final, have a look at what some of the best audience members are wearing. Watch this space to find out which one. European Broadcasting Union, However, the empowering dance song had the audience captivated and cheering. The United Kingdom’s entry  is a classically trained pianist: for proof, here she is applying her full musical chops to the oeuvre of the Spice Girls. If it's not the doctor himself, it's certainly the fan. A post shared by Hair Metal Heröes (@hairmetalheroes) on Apr 13, 2016 at 12:22pm PDT, Next up is Czech Republic's Mikolas Josef with Lie to Me. It's likely that phone-votes for both Germany and Serbia will have taken a dent after this. We're blushing. . #ISR #Eurovision, Beyond the chicken oddness, the Israeli entry at #Eurovision just seems to be amazingly racist. After last year's winner, Pascoal has a tough act to follow. It's still lovely, even though he's been rather rude about this year's entries. The country has become the world's finest Euro-pop factory in recent years; Swedish songwriters have been responsible – in part, or in whole – for 50 of the 257 songs that have made it through to the ten most recent grand finals. Read our deep-dive investigation into the Swedish pop world. And it's made an impression on the crowd - even the jaded journalists. "Big, big clapalong for Israel in the chorus here – the first time that's happened in the press centre," reports Chris Lochery from Lisbon. Or should that be a  kimmotion? Nova deca means “our children”. Well, at least we're not last. We take back everything rude we've ever said about Netta's chicken dance. . But producers have placed them in a forgettable spot, early in the running order, which could hamper their chances. Like UK entry SuRie, he has taken part in Eurovision before as a backing singer, supporting Bulgaria in 2016 and 2017. The stage performance is a little shambolic. #yellowface. It was the first time Portugal had hosted the contest - 54 years after the country made its debut. Hopefully it'll be all androids next year. Eurovision 2018: Israel's Netta is the winner The 25-year-old singer Netta Barzilai has won the Eurovision Song Contest with her song Toy, inspired by … 56 countries and an additional 34 Associates in Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Americas. We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. It still wrongfooted us in the press centre though; we had no idea it was so popular! Subscribe to the official Eurovision Song Contest YouTube Netta plays behind her looper where colourful words like Hey and Toy appear illuminated. 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Johnny Logan – namechecked by Graham Norton tonight, the man who twice sung his way to victory for Ireland – complained that the rule-change had reduced Eurovision to a karaoke contest. After last year’s winning Portuguese ballad, a lot of countries have followed suit this year with songs in their original languages. But why can't he play a real one? It happened after a Chinese channel called Mango refused to broadcast his song (as the stage performance features two male dancers acting out a love story). There were plenty of hand-claps, but not much in the way of group singing. The votes from the professional panel are decided after Friday night's dress rehearsal, rather than Saturday's live performance. Graham graciously gave a nod to a one familiar face during the flag-waving: Alexander Rybak. Eurovision Song Contest 2018 result: Israel won with the song "Toy" by Netta Barzilai with 529 points Date: 8 May 2018 Location: Altice Arena, Lisbon Broadcaster: Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) Hosts: Filomena Cautela, Sílvia Alberto, Daniela Ruah & Catarina Furtado Slogan: All Aboard! The contest’s close runner-up was the Greek-Albanian star Eleni Foureira, who represented Cyprus with “Fuego,” a … "Mélovin looks as if he’s escaped Bram Stoker’s Dracula to start a pop career, and though he has an appealing gothic-pop look, and a distinctive voice, this insistent dance song feels hurried and unspectacular, and unlikely to do particularly well considering strong competition this year.". EUROVISION 2018: Israeli singer Netta Barzilai was crowned victor last night after she charmed the crowds and judges with her incredibly upbeat song Toy. Oddly, it seems that what the public really, really wants is an old man in sunglasses playing the recorder. Read our full interview with SuRie. While we twiddle our thumbs through the voting, why not take a look back at our guide to the UK's former entries? This unlikely cowboy was part of The Common Linnets who came second in 2014 with Calm Before The Storm. He’s the head honcho of the show: the executive supervisor who makes sure everything runs smoothly. This is your last chance to grab a drink before it kicks off. . In a Danish-language interview, Rasmussen explained that Higher Ground has “a message of peace.” It’s a message as relevant now as it was in the 12th century, but will it sway the voters? Predict the winner. Austria and Sweden looked all but unshakable in their eyes, so it wasn’t until we got the results from the viewers at home when Israel barrelled to victory. There's a lot of passion in tonight's performance, though it's a shame the music itself isn't a bit more original. Even if one Spanish fan thinks he looks more like a Chemistry professor than a musician: Serbia se ha llevado al profesor bacterio a #Eurovision #FinalEurovision pic.twitter.com/ddvz711UF7. This entry was selected by a public vote; the first time that Serbia has done this for nearly a decade. Italy managed to pack more of the real fire, with their defiant song about terrorism. Moldova snatched the crown for the night’s most ambitious staging, acting out an entire end-of-the-pier farce in their three minutes, with body doubles, costume changes and a bit of Paul Daniels magic thrown in for good measure. Aw, shucks Latvia. After an admirably brief acceptance speech ("Thank you for accepting differences between us – thank you for celebrating diversity"), a visibly moved Netta was back onstage to make clucking noises one final time. That must smart, given that they’re hosting. Here’s a look at the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, Netta Barzilai from … Lithuania has a last-minute surge in the betting over the last few days, and has been widely expected to do very well in the voting. Sit back, and soak it in. It’s totally unlike recent entries from Slovenia, and the punky attitude makes it memorable.  Every year, certain countries can rely on support from a few old friends. "She got a huge round of applause for carrying on in here," says Chris Lochery, although it seems no-one got a very clear view of the stage-intruder. If you're unfamiliar with his work, our Eurovision expert Charlotte Runcie is on hand to explain more: "Is he the once and future king of Eurovision? Metal band AWS are performing a song inspired by the death of the lead singer’s father. We think we understand why: middle-aged joint pain is, of course, the best topic for anthemic pop. The ensuing publicity has been a boon for O’Shaughnessy. Not everyone was pleased by the decision. It might just be the speakers. behind-the-scenes material and our regular updates. And now Graham Norton's gone and spoiled it. It’s intended to represent the openness and welcoming spirit of the song contest. Magnus was the Earl of Orkney, and famous for his piety and aversion to bloodshed. Next year, we’re voting for Wakanda. Its sales bode well, too:  We Got Love entered the iTunes chart in 12 countries this week.". The juries fell hard for Austria’s impressive vocals, as Cesar blasted out his Sam Smith-sounding entry Nobody But You; as well as Benjamin Ingrosso’s Bieber-lite pop jam, Dance You Off, which was exactly the sort of masterclass in music production Sweden is known for.Â, As is often the case though, the juries’ favourites sat somewhat at odds with the audience at home.Â, Millions of viewers across Europe and beyond (hello, Australia!) Reminiscent of Katniss’s flame dress in The Hunger Games, the sweeping ball gown is brought to life by a series of swirling effects. For viewers in the UK, Graham Norton is also back providing his usual sharp-witted commentary. Starting out with the looped sound of her making noises like she had just sniffed pepper, Netta sang a quick chorus about her Barbies and Pikachus before breaking into a very peculiar chicken clucking bridge, and bringing in a huge, arena-filling chorus. Dressed like a butterfly in a black and pink kimono-style dress, against a back wall of Japanese maneki-neko “beckoning cat” ornaments, her song Toy was nothing if not arresting.Â. They won in Riga in 2003 and entered something of a Eurovision golden age: their contest in Istanbul in 2004 was seen as a landmark year for Eurovision: they held the first ever semi-final, and introduced the now-familiar Eurovision logo with the heart-shaped flag. As we wait for more updates on that stage invasion - during an otherwise flawless rendition of her song Storm -  here's a bit of background on SuRie, or Susanna Marie Cork. Netta had been the bookmakers’ favourites for months prior to Saturday night, but in a field of 46 songs there is always some last minute crisis of confidence.Â. “You let in Australia, and they're barely on the planet.” Ryan Reynolds, the Canadian actor who plays him, might well feel the same way. Hungary's AWS are admittedly outsiders, but stranger things have happened: Lordi, a heavy metal band dressed as monsters (looking a bit like Lord of the Rings' Orcs) became Finland's first ever Eurovision winners in 2006. Pop critic Charlotte Runcie writes:Â, "It's a moment of calm, a quiet and intimate love song performed with real beauty thanks to Ieva Zasimauskaitė’s spine-tingling voice. Look out for her performance in sixth position. The press huddle in Lisbon is still trying to work out what exactly went on. "It’s one of the most fun, interesting and exciting songs in Eurovision memory, with a vibrant sense of humour and quirkiness to it," writes pop critic Charlotte Runcie. 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