Whilst we are quite busy feeling sorry for the UK, spare a thought for Portugal, currently languishing second from last above Ukraine.  Perhaps he's struggling to get his groove on in those drop-crotch trousers. No, but she can't dance either – and yet she became the highlight of last year's Strictly Come Dancing.  Austria entry is doing remarkably well with the professional jury. The press huddle in Lisbon is still trying to work out what exactly went on. Hopefully it'll be all androids next year. This is your last chance to grab a drink before it kicks off. For the next seven years, they regularly made the top ten and only missed out on the Grand Final once, in Dusseldorf in 2011. “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. However, apparently 15 per cent of tickets have gone to Brits and the bar had run out of beer quite early – so maybe it's not so surprising there was a singalong. We thought the pastel-pink hair trend had died in 2017; will these singers bring the look back into fashion?  Every year, certain countries can rely on support from a few old friends. Two whole points? Always a risk at Eurovision, and SuRie dealt with that absolutely brilliantly. #yellowface. Shub-dubba-do-wop, anyone? O’Shaughnessy’s performance was censored from a recent Chinese broadcast, allegedly because the choreography features a love story between two male dancers. 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. But what does our pop critic Charlotte Runcie think? It’s time to dust down your glitterball, cover everything you own in sequins and start practicing your flag-waving skills. Or "nul points" Jemini? However, the empowering dance song had the audience captivated and cheering. And now Graham Norton's gone and spoiled it. 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. 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. It was the bookies' favourite early in the running, and it seems they called it right. What is the logo and slogan of Eurovision 2018? He was jailed for his political activism in his home country in 1969, and later spent two years living in London.Â. The 2018 edition was held in Lisbon’s Altice Arena which has a seating capacity of more than 20,000. Personally, we’re in favour of seeing more fictional superheroes take part in Eurovision. Before the UK's points were doled out, we were treated to this offbeat greeting: “Hello from London – well, actually I’m in Uxbridge, which is just outside London, near Ruislip.”. Pop critic Charlotte Runcie writes: "Yes, Australia are in Eurovision now, and will keep on being invited forever, it seems. 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.  Now you can know. 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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. 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. He's a cut-price Edward Cullen, with a hint of the Phantom of the Opera. We imagine he won’t be sending the new queen of Eurovision a congratulatory bouquet then. 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. 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. "They haven't taken this lightly and I think it's a move in the right direction so I'm happy about it.". Turkey has taken part in Eurovision 34 times, but their first appearance in 1975 saw Greece withdraw from the competition in protest. But let's not forget about Wham. 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? Once again: these votes are not based on tonight's show, but on last night's dress rehearsal. Next year, it's time for a novelty act. Austria’s The Makemakes had one in 2015. That's the kind of pedantic accuracy that brings a patriotic lump to the throat, isn't it? Not everyone was pleased by the decision. "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. It's a welcome return for former winner Rybak's fake violin-playing. Israel's Netta had been the bookies' favourite to win in the weeks leading up to the contest, but it seems audiences may be growing tired of her signature "chicken dance" for the satirical pop song Toy. The commotion didn’t throw the contest off its stride for long however. 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. "Don't give me that c--p about Canada not being part of the European family,” he complains in a new campaign video. 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. (You can't vote for the UK if you're in the UK, of course). The crooner is very much Sweden’s Justin Bieber. Ireland participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with the song "Together", performed by Ryan O'Shaughnessy and written by himself, Mark Caplice and Laura Elizabeth Hughes. "It's a slow start..." says Graham Norton. The smooth-voiced Sampson used to be a social worker. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov, file) The Eurovision Song Contest is organized by the read our profile of the singer. 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. Huzzah! Another unexpected wave of popular support for Denmark's sea-faring ballad, too. "Our 12 points go to... La La Land!" Netta plays behind her looper where colourful words like Hey and Toy appear illuminated. Well, that sent a shiver down the spine. It was hosted by Raiven and Vid Valič. As Graham rightly points out, second place isn’t an ideal slot (no one has ever won in this position before). Along with the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 being announced, the grand final had a security breech when a man ran on stage during SuRie’s performance of “Storm.” The UK contestant was belting out her number when a man ran on stage , security close behind. Both Chinese and international audiences criticised the choice to axe O’Shaughnessy’s song, and the extra publicity saw it gain a boost at the bookies. 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 … For us? It’s part of the act. Bookies are now offering odds between 10/1 (Betway) and 18/1 (Ladbrokes) on SuRie to win. Find out more, The Telegraph values your comments but kindly requests all posts are on topic, constructive and respectful. Meanwhile, the EBU, which broadcasts Eurovision, has now cut all ties with Mango, meaning Chinese Eurovision fans will be missing out on tonight’s final. Unusually for Eurovision, the dark and moody Bones feels like an actual song – though admittedly more of an album track than a single.Â. Don’t be alarmed.]. ", The UK singer is confident that politics won’t play a part in tonight’s final. 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. Magnus was the Earl of Orkney, and famous for his piety and aversion to bloodshed. Reminiscent of Katniss’s flame dress in The Hunger Games, the sweeping ball gown is brought to life by a series of swirling effects. The Vicar of Dibley in Lockdown, review: did the Vicar taking a knee warrant such pearl-clutching? 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. It's ironic that the audience said "no thanks" to a song called No Thanks. Here’s a look at the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, Netta Barzilai from … He’s also already won Sweden’s version of Strictly Come Dancing and a children’s version of their Eurovision selection show, Lilla Melodifestivalen. She has a close relationship with her fan-base, and even ended up getting engaged to a fan called Meri. Me, the cats and a hard core techno beat. If the UK received a boost from sympathetic fans after the stage-invasion, we won't be seeing any sign of it yet. "There was a BIG response in the hall to Estonia - it seems opera plays surprisingly well with the public. You’ve awakened a sleeping moose, Europe. Number of participants: 43 in Eurovision 2018, 26 in the Grand Final. "However worth noting that apparently 15% of tickets for these shows were sold to Brits.". One person who won’t be happy tonight is last year’s winner Salvador Sobral. [NB: This does happen. Graham graciously gave a nod to a one familiar face during the flag-waving: Alexander Rybak. What do you think. She gives an opera-pop crossover performance with a belting voice, while wearing an enormous dress. No lyrics. . They were formerly bottom of the table, but perhaps the professional judges are a bit old for the Twilight demographic. Did you know that one of this year’s entries is the nephew of a backing-singer from Wham? is only a good idea if you're sure people will actually sing along. Refresh your memory of the full line-up with our expert guide.  It's Cesár Sampson! He’s actually only been doing the job since 2011, and is just 56, so Graham’s teasing feels a little cruel. 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.". Eurovision 2018 “chose different” this year, handing the win to Israel’s Netta Barzilai. 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. ", After a couple of very downbeat songs, Slovenia has picked up the pace.  Let’s hope nothing goes wrong during their performance such as the music cutting out at a crucial moment! It's not too late for a last-minute flutter, if you're so inclined. Albania was one of the acts censored in China’s broadcast of the semi-finals. It’s the bloody singing olympics indeed. . Sit back, and soak it in. singer. The show kicked off with a huge blast of fire as Ukrainian goth-vampire, Melovin, emerged from his piano crypt, whipping the crowd up with a high-octane singalong chorus. 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. Italy managed to pack more of the real fire, with their defiant song about terrorism. 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. It’s intended to represent the openness and welcoming spirit of the song contest. Graham Norton joked that he has never aged and has been "preserved in aspic", but who is Eurovision’s Jon Ola Sand? Salvador Sobral was clearly a tough act to follow. Will this be the winning performance of #Eurovision? Higher Ground is inspired by 12th-century Viking chieftain Saint Magnus Erlendsson the Martyr, but unlike the television interpretation of Vikings, it isn’t about violence and battles. The main logo is a seashell, but 12 additional sea-themed icons will also be used as part of the branding. The competition was filled with plenty of the usual primetime fare we’ve come to expect from these Saturday night shows. Alexander Rybak has already won Eurovision for Norway, in 2009, with his song Fairytale and his aggressive on-stage fake violin playing (actual live instruments are banned on stage at Eurovision). The pillock who climbed onstage during SuRie's performance is reportedly one "Dr AC Activism" – who has perpetrated similar stunts at the National Television Awards earlier this year, and on The Voice in 2017. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP), the contest was held at the Altice Arena, and consisted of two semi-finals on 8 and 1… But calling for a singalong (twice!) "Apparently they're in talks as to whether she can go on again. This unlikely cowboy was part of The Common Linnets who came second in 2014 with Calm Before The Storm. Along with SuRie and Lea Sirk, Cláudia is the third woman to be sporting rose-tinted hair at Eurovision. If she were telling us that Pikachu is brilliant, the powers that be might be less relaxed about it. Eurovision was, of course, a big deal in medieval times. Some puppetry. He slammed Netta’s quirky tune Toy as “a horrible song”. . Barzilai’s win means the next Eurovision contest will be hosted by Israel. Cyprus's Eleni Foureira has overtaken her as the hot bookies's favourite; her fiery song Fuego (or "Fire") is accompanied by impressive onstage pyrotechnics, which seem to have set the audience alight – metaphorically speaking, of course.Â, Being censored might just be the best thing that could have happened to Ireland. If the Norwegian entry doesn't get a trophy, at least he's sure to get a slice of cake. If anything, she’s more worried about her costume: “There’s always a trip hazard with a 'bum cape', but I’ve got it under control,” she told The Telegraph. This year, however, they might stand a better chance than usual: Mercy is sleek, modern electropop and has a beautifully beguiling quality, as well as a catchy chorus.". 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