Now that the polls have closed, let’s refresh our memories as to how Eurovision voting actually works. Anyone who's been following this blog all evening will remember we promised the dramatic revelation of which Eurovision singer was the nephew of a Wham! Sit back, and soak it in. 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. 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 was the first time Portugal had hosted the contest - 54 years after the country made its debut. Ever wondered what happened to Scooch? #deadpool2 pic.twitter.com/ZgpTUwLAJZ. Viewers around the world must be grateful for the clarification. No lyrics. A quick reminder, in case you weren't listening to Graham: Voting opens after all of the countries have performed. What a professional.". The Eurovision Song Contest is organized by the The final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest kicks off in just one hour on BBC One. 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. Cesár Sampson: inspired by Madness's Baggy Trousers? 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. Some puppetry. But they have a very proud musical tradition here in Portugal, so they're not doing Swedish-style parody songs. . We're enjoying his new wild-west image. Although Netta probably wasn’t authorised to make the decision officially, she suggested in her victory speech that Jerusalem may be the city that welcomes the song contest next year. . Germany's answer to Ed Sheeran took the stage with an earnest and heartfelt tribute to his late father. I can see why everyone hates #Eurovision if they just tune into the first 20 minutes of pageant nonsense. Not everyone is in a cheery mood about Eurovision. 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. Erm, right. Once again: these votes are not based on tonight's show, but on last night's dress rehearsal. Was there a minor hiccup?Â, "Expect repetitive flashing images." Also, the song just isn’t as good as Fairytale was.".  Every year, certain countries can rely on support from a few old friends. One of the most chic songs this year, it’s likely to be a high finisher.". The national final took place on 7 February 2018 at the Brighton Dome. Salvador Sobral's favourite musician, currently singing with him on stage, is a 75-year-old Brazilian jazz legend. It's still lovely, even though he's been rather rude about this year's entries. Netta plays behind her looper where colourful words like Hey and Toy appear illuminated. in the last decade, you can find out with our interactive tool. We know Norway is in a different time-zone, but it seems they're in a different century, too, with a robot announcer. Me, the cats and a hard core techno beat. "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. It's ironic that the audience said "no thanks" to a song called No Thanks. The vampiric Mélovin is our goth crush for the evening. the world's foremost alliance of public service media, representing 116 member organizations in She gives an opera-pop crossover performance with a belting voice, while wearing an enormous dress. "They've gone crazy for Netta in the Eurovision Village Square (Praça do Comércio) too. It's the man responsible for bringing Eurovision to Portugal for the first time ever: last year's winner, Salvador Sobral. O’Shaughnessy responded favourably to the ban: "From the very start we've said love is love - whether it's between two guys, two girls or a guy and a girl so I think this is a really important decision," he told the BBC. That must smart, given that they’re hosting. 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. Refresh your memory of the full line-up with our expert guide. Watch this space to find out which one. The Harlow-born singer started writing songs at the age of 12, and is the only British entry since Bonnie Tyler in 2013 to have already released an album.  Austria entry is doing remarkably well with the professional jury. Find out how. Real-life couple Amaia and Alfred have only been together a few months, but their chemistry during this tender ballad is undeniable. The commotion didn’t throw the contest off its stride for long however. Did you know that one of this year’s entries is the nephew of a backing-singer from Wham? “I really don’t see any evidence of someone hearing a song that totally speaks to them, and then thinking about a political agenda,” she says. If you'd like to see which countries have voted for the UK (or anyone else!) Fun fact: the dress Estonia has entered for Eurovision actually contains a singer. Glad you asked. After last year's winner, Pascoal has a tough act to follow. There's a camel in the official music video for this song. Final (24 February 2018) The final of EMA 2018 took place on 24 February 2018. Netta won the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon with the song Toy. 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. singer. 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. It's very 2007 emo-metal. As we take a short interval break, our Lisbon pop correspondent Chris Lochery  gives his verdict on the first half: "Thinks kicked off with quite a solemn and serious start. Malta Eurovision Song Contest 2018 was the national final format developed by PBS to select the Maltese entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. . 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. Turkey has taken part in Eurovision 34 times, but their first appearance in 1975 saw Greece withdraw from the competition in protest. The Vicar of Dibley in Lockdown, review: did the Vicar taking a knee warrant such pearl-clutching? 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. . 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. Ukraine opens the show with a flaming piano, which might sound exciting and edgy, but actually pianos-on-fire are a bit of a Eurovision tradition. The numbers to call for each country will appear on TV during tonight's broadcast. As a closing double-bill, Cyprus and Italy couldn't have been more different. He’s also already won Sweden’s version of Strictly Come Dancing and a children’s version of their Eurovision selection show, Lilla Melodifestivalen. 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. 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. The 2018 edition was held in Lisbon’s Altice Arena which has a seating capacity of more than 20,000. . It's an odd set-up; the public are voting for an entirely different performance to the experts. Â. Alternatively, it could be because the toys are framed in a negative context: "I'm not your toy," she sings. "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. 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. I don't need a reminder of country flags, just get to 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. 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. A few bookies may have SuRie down as a 500/1 outsider, but it’s not for lack of talent. The stage performance is a little shambolic. . SuRie: the United Kingdom's Eurovision entry, Israel's Eurovision winner Netta's accused of racism over costume​, Protester interrupts the UK's entry SuRie by invading the stage, Netta, Toy review: 'Israel's winning song is gloriously bizarre pop' ★★★★☆, Eurovision Song Contest 2018 Final, in pictures, The countries to give points to the UK in Eurovision, the highlight of last year's Strictly Come Dancing, The countries to give winners Israel the most points, Eurovision Song Contest 2018 - How each country votes, even though he's been rather rude about this year's entries. The slogan for Eurovision 2018 is “All aboard!”. . Along with SuRie and Lea Sirk, Cláudia is the third woman to be sporting rose-tinted hair at Eurovision. It’s intended to represent the openness and welcoming spirit of the song contest. It's often said that Eurovision voting is incredibly political (see our analysis of the various voting "blocs" here), and countries have even treated their participation in the contest as a way of showing disapproval with international affairs. To find about a bit more about SuRie (who can also play the oboe!) Hopefully it'll be all androids next year. 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. It was hosted by Raiven and Vid Valič. That’s because she came second on the UK X Factor in 2014. #eurovision. Well, at least we're not last.  Now you can know. According to the official translation, she’s singing about “a character of smiles and freedom as the most virtual trick of them all”. 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. 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. Or "nul points" Jemini? There are only 26 countries in the final, whittled down from 43. Lithuania's Ieva Zasimauskaitė can't even be bothered to stand up for the first two minutes of her song, When We're Old. The next contest, held in neighbouring Azerbaijan, was their last.Â, So why, after 34 consecutive performances, did Turkey leave the stage? An iconic Spice Girls cover from @SuRieOfficial. Israel massacred 62 Palestinians in Gaza, including six children, just two days after its May 12th 2018 Eurovision win. We're digging these mellow vibes from someone called Branko. Watch her winning performance … 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. Eight points from Israel! Albania was one of the acts censored in China’s broadcast of the semi-finals. But why can't he play a real one? He’s the head honcho of the show: the executive supervisor who makes sure everything runs smoothly. You shouldn't have. But what does our pop critic Charlotte Runcie think? ", Netta's song Toy references trademarks such as Barbie, Pokemon and Wonderwoman, which is surprising as the contest has rules about mentioning brands. 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. Its sales bode well, too:  We Got Love entered the iTunes chart in 12 countries this week.". Look out for her performance in sixth position. This song is pure pop, with a drum-heavy breakdown in the middle eight, a feature that tends to translate well in front of cheering Eurovision audiences. For viewers in the UK, Graham Norton is also back providing his usual sharp-witted commentary. It's a bit late for the backlash to start now, but if enough people feel this way it could scupper for the former favourite's chances.Â, Is... is Israel doing yellowface? Don’t be alarmed.]. As a member of the " Big 5 ", the United Kingdom automatically qualified to compete in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest. *Waits for the call*. The Hungarian press are enthusiastic, but we're not so sure. Cyprus is the bookies' favourite, but sounded oddly flat, as if unimpressed by her own flamethrowers. It’s part of the act. We (Tristram and Zoah) will be following every moment of the action, and providing the very best obscure Eurovision trivia. We're blushing. European Broadcasting Union, 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… 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. Albania’s 2018 Eurovision Song Contest entrant Eugent Bushpepa has performed Mall on the Altice Arena stage for the first time and it looks strong. 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. Pop critic Charlotte Runcie writes: "Yes, Australia are in Eurovision now, and will keep on being invited forever, it seems. It's a cover version of Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide," from 1975. If you have a smartphone, you can also vote using the official Eurovision app - visit bbc.co.uk/eurovision for more info. Laura Rizzotto will represent Latvia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest after she won Supernova, the Latvian national selection on the 24th of February with the song Funny Girl If you want to know more about the Eurovision Song Contest, visit https://eurovision.tv Thumbs through the voting, why not take a look at what some of the Phantom of branding! 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