It’s one of the most famous song contests in the world watched by more than 200 million people, providing hours of entertainment and some unforgettable performances. Top of Form Bottom of Form The 63rd Eurovision Song Contest ended with the Grand Final on Saturday, May 12th.
Eurovision 2018 took place for the first time in Portugal, at the Altice Arena in Lisbon. Portugal achieved its first Eurovision victory at the 2017 contest in Kiev. The song contest was a flurry of sequins, power ballads, and controversies, as well as the usual sheer quirkiness. The grand final had a security breech when a man ran on stage during SuRie’s performance of “Storm” as the UK contestant was belting out her number when a man ran on stage. Finally it came down to the wire with the public voting.
The final two countries to receive the public vote were Cyprus and Israel, the two hot favorites leading into the grand final. But it was Israel who went on to take the title with Netta (Barzilai) performing “TOY.” The Israeli performer was awarded 529 points, beating favourites Cyprus into second place. The catchy electronic dance song entry had emerged as an early favourite to win the contest.
It is Israel’s fourth Eurovision win after coming first in Paris in 1978, winning in Israel the next year and most recently in 1998. Accepting her prize in the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Netta told the Eurovision hosts: “I’m so happy, thanks for choosing difference, thank you for celebrating diversity.”
Fans were charmed by the “chicken dance” moves of the choreography, while some commentators have noted the song’s lyrics – “I’m not your toy / You stupid boy” – are apt for the first post #MeToo Eurovision.