Read our community guidelines in full, The latest offers and discount codes from popular brands on Telegraph Voucher Codes, Israel's Netta reacting to her Eurovision win, A man takes the microphone from Britain's singer Susanna Marie Cork aka SuRie as she performs "Storm"Â, Israel's singer Netta Barzilai aka Netta celebrates with the trophy after winning the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, Well, it's one way to boost your book-sales, Estonia's Elina Nechayeva is somewhere in there, presumably. Lithuania’s selection process for Eurovision involved a gruelling competition spanning nine TV shows, so Zasimauskaitė has already proved she has the stamina to perform and to wow audiences. Just like the violin, you can't talk about the use of instruments in Eurovision without mentioning the live orchestra, which accompanied the Contest from 1956 all the way to 1998. As the winning nation, Israel is now invited to host the show in 2019. You shouldn't have. In Eurovision’s early years, live instruments were compulsory (that bongo-player backing Cliff Richard in 1973 was certainly banging real bongos). Read the full story. The contest’s close runner-up was the Greek-Albanian star Eleni Foureira, who represented Cyprus with “Fuego,” a … Aw, shucks Latvia. One Hungarian journalist in particular was going crazy with his applause in rehearsals yesterday, screaming full-throatedly after two songs: their own metal opus and (weirdly) Australia's entry, Jessica Mauboy's We Got Love...". "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. Eurovision Song Contest winner Salvador Sobral has made public his first musical performance since undergoing a heart transplant.The 28-year-old Portuguese singer has posted a solo piano performance on his Facebook page on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. I can see why everyone hates #Eurovision if they just tune into the first 20 minutes of pageant nonsense. The Vicar of Dibley in Lockdown, review: did the Vicar taking a knee warrant such pearl-clutching? Thousands of Eurovision fans have descended on Lisbon for the final, and some of them have created outfits that put tonight's contestants to shame. The national final took place on 7 February 2018 at the Brighton Dome. We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. Drama! The press huddle in Lisbon is still trying to work out what exactly went on. Lithuania's Ieva Zasimauskaitė can't even be bothered to stand up for the first two minutes of her song, When We're Old. 12 May 2018 at 20:30 CEST Besides the viewers at home and the music industry professionals who decide upon the actual winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, composers, press, and commentators also award additional prizes: the Marcel Bezençon Awards. . Cyprus’s Beyoncé-esque dance number, Fuego, took the silver medal – but the evening’s runaway winner, with 529 points, was Israel’s Netta. His aunt is Helen "Pepsi" DeMacque, of Pepsi &  Shirlie. "There was a BIG response in the hall to Estonia - it seems opera plays surprisingly well with the public. If you're not sure what they were talking about, read our guide to Envelopegate, the unforgettable snafu from last year's Oscars. pic.twitter.com/Uh1H17cWGs. singer. A nice reminder, amid the point-scoring, that tomorrow is faux-fiddler Alexander Rybak's 32nd birthday. 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). For the next seven years, they regularly made the top ten and only missed out on the Grand Final once, in Dusseldorf in 2011. There's a lot of passion in tonight's performance, though it's a shame the music itself isn't a bit more original. Oh Greece, with your 15-month-old topical humour. Still, it seems to have gone down well on social media, where the rock-emoji are out in force. Here are the winners of the Marcel Bezençon Awards 2018! . That year it was hosted in Israel, and to save money the broadcaster cut the orchestra, so every entry sang to a backing track, which became the preferred choice for the next few years, too, until all live instruments were banned in 2004 to ensure consistency from one entry to another. They pick their top ten songs: the favourite gets 12 points, the second favourite gets 10 points, and the remaining eight get one to eight points. 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? ", Netta's song Toy references trademarks such as Barbie, Pokemon and Wonderwoman, which is surprising as the contest has rules about mentioning brands. For viewers in the UK, Graham Norton is also back providing his usual sharp-witted commentary. "Our 12 points go to... La La Land!" But what does our pop critic Charlotte Runcie think? Next year, we’re voting for Wakanda. Sorry, SuRie. Sadly, the stage invasion didn’t appear to engender a huge sympathy vote for the UK, but we did at least manage to avoid the dreaded nul points. They scored nul points, so it’s not exactly a good omen. That must smart, given that they’re hosting. "Apparently Australia's Jessica Mauboy was dancing along doing Sweden's moves in the green room – she was so hepped up after her show," writes our man in Lisbon, Chris Lochery. Watch her winning performance … 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. For us? That stage invasion might just be the best thing that could have happened for the UK. Something Beginning With… came out in 2016 and features a self-penned song called Storm, which is much darker than her Eurovision entry. A massive boost for Ukraine's vampiric goth-pop in the public vote. SuRie’s song got a final score of 48, placing 24th overall – just ahead of Finland and Portugal. We take back everything rude we've ever said about Netta's chicken dance. voted in their droves for Italy’s plucky little banjo song about the recent spate of terror attacks in Europe – which ended up finishing fifth.Â. 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. Erm, right. If you want to know more about the Eurovision Song Contest, visit https://eurovision.tv tags Israel winner live Eurovision Song Contest winning performance toy 2018 Lisbon Netta If she were telling us that Pikachu is brilliant, the powers that be might be less relaxed about it. Live music became optional for the first time in 1999. There had been a slight ripple of controversy which occurred after the first semi-final on Tuesday, when a Chinese broadcaster took objection to Ireland’s same-sex dancers and refused to air it, but everything seemed to have been settled by curtain-up on Saturday. Salvador Sobral was clearly a tough act to follow. I don't need a reminder of country flags, just get to it!!!!  Austria entry is doing remarkably well with the professional jury. Some puppetry. The numbers to call for each country will appear on TV during tonight's broadcast. Not everyone is in a cheery mood about Eurovision. People on social media have started accusing the singer of "yellowface", for choosing an Asian-inspired pink top. The Netherlands triumphed at a controversial Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel, taking home the title in a kitsch competition that found itself … 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. However, Poland's DJ-infused performance of Light Me Up in 2018 had a less successful finish coming in 14th place in the Second Semi-Final. Retreating from battle, at one time in his life he took refuge in Scotland. Shub-dubba-do-wop, anyone? Amid all the capes and pyrotechnics, they’ll fit right in. The competition was filled with plenty of the usual primetime fare we’ve come to expect from these Saturday night shows. "It's a slow start..." says Graham Norton. ), this potted history of Portugal's Eurovision entries is actually very amusing.Â. Once again: these votes are not based on tonight's show, but on last night's dress rehearsal. One person who won’t be happy tonight is last year’s winner Salvador Sobral. Watch this space to find out which one. 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. Does Saara Aalto look familiar? And an excellent singer in his own right, too. Will this be the winning performance of #Eurovision? As a member of the " Big 5 ", the United Kingdom automatically qualified to compete in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. Israel's fears can’t have been allayed by the relatively new scoring system that Eurovision uses, where the hosts slowly read out the juries’ scores first. 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. We imagine he won’t be sending the new queen of Eurovision a congratulatory bouquet then. When his cousin challenged his rule, instead of going to war against each other, the pair decided to rule jointly, taking the moral “Higher Ground” of the song. And watching him embrace his favourite musician, before duetting on that song? Now that the polls have closed, let’s refresh our memories as to how Eurovision voting actually works. 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. That's it from us, but before we head off to the Euro-disco to strut our stuff (or, more accurately, head straight to bed with a mug of Horlicks), it's worth noting that one possible UK contender for 2019 has already thrown her hat in the ring. The song is a bit slow-going in the verses but in the chorus it all kicks off, and she’s singing in Italian, as befits her operatic style, which may well ensure her an enthusiastic score from Italy if nobody else.". Israel massacred 62 Palestinians in Gaza, including six children, just two days after its May 12th 2018 Eurovision win. It's difficult to joke about. The top 10 entries from the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest and their combined point totals from the jury and the popular votes are: 1) Israel (529 … "Apparently they're in talks as to whether she can go on again. We think we understand why: middle-aged joint pain is, of course, the best topic for anthemic pop. 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. He was born for this moment. Â. Alternatively, it could be because the toys are framed in a negative context: "I'm not your toy," she sings. That's the kind of pedantic accuracy that brings a patriotic lump to the throat, isn't it? It's still lovely, even though he's been rather rude about this year's entries. What's Eurovision without a bit of strobe lighting?Â. How that show will look remains to be seen – but it doesn’t look as though the competition’s politics are going to dampen down any time soon. It sounds pretty easy: step 1 is apparently “believe in it and sing it all day long”, which doesn’t sound too complicated.  They are cunningly overcoming the language barrier by encouraging the audience to sing nonsense words. Look out for her performance in sixth position. What is the logo and slogan of Eurovision 2018? More than one hack in the Telegraph office was left with a trembling lip. It’s time to dust down your glitterball, cover everything you own in sequins and start practicing your flag-waving skills. She has a close relationship with her fan-base, and even ended up getting engaged to a fan called Meri. Later that day, Israel’s winner Netta Barzilai performed a celebratory concert in apartheid Tel Aviv, hosted by the mayor, and said, “we have a reason to be happy.” "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.". Who are we to argue with the will of the people? But producers have placed them in a forgettable spot, early in the running order, which could hamper their chances. As we may have mentioned, he's related to Pepsi of Wham fame. It took place in Lisbon, Portugal, following Salvador Sobral's win at the 2017 contest in Kyiv, Ukraine with the song "Amar pelos dois". That's all the judges votes in, and we're lagging behind on the wrong side of the board.Â. Unlike the wretched Planet Earth parodies we were forced to sit through in the semi-final ("David Attenburger", anyone? It might just be the speakers. As a monoglot listener, though, it’s easy to feel you’re missing out on the full experience - though maybe not with Hvala, ne! The 2018 edition was held in Lisbon’s Altice Arena which has a seating capacity of more than 20,000. Me, the cats and a hard core techno beat. EUROVISION 2018 is in full flow now with the second semi-final this evening. Or should that be a  kimmotion? Both the title of her song and its fabulous genderbending video recall Lady Gaga.  Mariza, a traditional fado singer, gave a haunting rendition of her song Barco Negro. 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Whilst we are quite busy feeling sorry for the UK, spare a thought for Portugal, currently languishing second from last above Ukraine. Sit back, and soak it in. They keep sending respectable, enjoyable songs, too, so they’re more than welcome to join in the fun. Say you'll be there UK. We're blushing. It’s intended to represent the openness and welcoming spirit of the song contest. Viewers around the world must be grateful for the clarification. Israel has won the contest four times, and has hosted the contest in Jerusalem twice in 1979 and 1999. The final starts on BBC One at 8pm, and should be finished by 11.35pm. The United Kingdom's entry, SuRie, is expected to take the stage shortly before 9pm. If we’re going to lose every year let’s do it in style. But he just can’t keep away, so he’s competing for his country again. read our profile of the singer. Israeli singer Netta wins the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with Toy Israel's Eurovision winner Netta's accused of racism over costume​ Protester interrupts the … 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. There were plenty of hand-claps, but not much in the way of group singing. Barzilai’s win means the next Eurovision contest will be hosted by Israel. 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One of our live-bloggers, Tristram Saunders, gave his take on relative merits of these two songs earlier today. #ISR #Eurovision, Beyond the chicken oddness, the Israeli entry at #Eurovision just seems to be amazingly racist. Here’s a look at the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, Netta Barzilai from … SuRie could be given the chance to perform Storm from the top, after "a man grabbed the mic, started shouting about war," reports Chris Lochery in Lisbon. And now Graham Norton's gone and spoiled it. Britain's Eurovision Song Contest entries: where are they now? ", Pop critic Charlotte Runcie adds: "Stage invasion! This flag waving is such a waste of my life #Eurovision #ESC18, A flag ceremony? 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. A four-strong line-up of Portuguese TV personalities will be hosting tonight's final: Portugal's Got Talent presenter Sílvia Alberto, TV presenter Filomena Cautela, actress Catarina Furtado and NCIS: Los Angeles star Daniela Ruah. 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. What do you think. An iconic Spice Girls cover from @SuRieOfficial. A fun but morbid fact: one of our ex-contestants ended up running for election whilst dead. We look at the Eurovision 2017 winner.  Every year, certain countries can rely on support from a few old friends. Next year, it's time for a novelty act. Oddly, it seems that what the public really, really wants is an old man in sunglasses playing the recorder. Another unexpected wave of popular support for Denmark's sea-faring ballad, too. "They've gone crazy for Netta in the Eurovision Village Square (Praça do Comércio) too. Triumphant, Netta took the hallowed trophy and thanked Europe for embracing diversity and taking a chance on someone like her. Singing in Italian is likely to get her points from Italy too – so a canny way to prevent nul points.". Fingers crossed for a last-minute reversal. A few bookies may have SuRie down as a 500/1 outsider, but it’s not for lack of talent. Albania was one of the acts censored in China’s broadcast of the semi-finals. If you have a smartphone, you can also vote using the official Eurovision app - visit bbc.co.uk/eurovision for more info. 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!) We're digging these mellow vibes from someone called Branko. Personally, we’re in favour of seeing more fictional superheroes take part in Eurovision. Whilst Sampson’s music video inspired much toe-tapping in the office (and even some rhythmic swaying), this performance feels a little flat. Netta won the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon with the song Toy. The smooth-voiced Sampson used to be a social worker. She kept going and if anything it gave her song an added edge of determination and power. "However worth noting that apparently 15% of tickets for these shows were sold to Brits.". If the Norwegian entry doesn't get a trophy, at least he's sure to get a slice of cake. To find about a bit more about SuRie (who can also play the oboe!) As Netta would put it: "Mbuck-mbucka-mh? Sadly, many viewers will have been too busy gossiping about SuRie's stage invasion to listen to him properly. Always a risk at Eurovision, and SuRie dealt with that absolutely brilliantly. He's a cut-price Edward Cullen, with a hint of the Phantom of the Opera. To fill the last few minutes before tonight's final, have a look at what some of the best audience members are wearing. (You can't vote for the UK if you're in the UK, of course). After a bit of impromptu host-and-crowd patter – which is almost uniformly awkward and uncomfortable to watch, even when things are running smoothly – things were quickly back to normal. If you’ve been following the odds, you’ll have seen Ryan O’Shaugnessy leap from a rank outsider to one of this year’s favourites in just the last two days. "They haven't taken this lightly and I think it's a move in the right direction so I'm happy about it.". SuRie has shown that musical talent isn't enough to cut it. No-one knows why.Â, France’s moving song is inspired by the birth of a baby aboard a migrant boat in the Mediterranean and rescued aboard the humanitarian boat Aquarius. Charlotte Runcie writes: "Everyone loves France’s attitude to Eurovision, which is to insist that everyone reads the scores out in French, and most years to send an uncompromising French-language song and act like they don’t care at all if they win or not. It's the man responsible for bringing Eurovision to Portugal for the first time ever: last year's winner, Salvador Sobral. The contest’s major incident occurred during the show’s ninth song (Storm by UK entrant, SuRie) when an invader managed to rush the stage, running up to the singer and wresting the mic from her hand.Â. Subscribe to the official Eurovision Song Contest YouTube This unlikely cowboy was part of The Common Linnets who came second in 2014 with Calm Before The Storm. is only a good idea if you're sure people will actually sing along. This band was apparently originally formed with the aim of preserving Serbian medieval musical tradition. 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. It's ironic that the audience said "no thanks" to a song called No Thanks. in the last decade, you can find out with our interactive tool. He’s also already won Sweden’s version of Strictly Come Dancing and a children’s version of their Eurovision selection show, Lilla Melodifestivalen. 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