Eurovision Song Contest 2018 results: Israel wins

13 May, 2018, 02:42 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • A general view of Sao Joao Castle and downtown Lisbon. – AFP

But she's also been buoyed up by how well her song has gone down with most of the Eurovision supporters in Lisbon singing along when she performs it.

More than 10,000 people are in the audience, and thousands more are watching the show at a downtown fan zone.

The singer said it was nerve-wracking to be up on that stage where she performed in front of 11,500 people in the arena and the estimated 200 million tuning in worldwide. "You want to get the party going".

Ukrainian entry MELOVIN was the first contestant up on Saturday night with his song "Under The Ladder".

One headache for organizers is the turnover time between acts of just 40 seconds.

A stage invader interrupted British singer SuRie's performance at the Eurovision Song Contest tonight.

The final gets under way at 8:00 pm (1900 GMT) at Lisbon's riverside Altice Arena, Portugal's largest entertainment venue.


The country which furnishes the victor organizes the following year's competition.

Portugal is hosting the event for the first time after its entry, jazzy solo ballad "Amar pelos dois" ("Love for two") by Salvador Sobral, won the contest past year in Ukraine.

The hugely popular worldwide event is organized by the European Broadcasting Union, an alliance of public service broadcasters.

The annual Euro-pop fest has always been the glittery home of outlandish costumes, high-voltage stage effects, forgettable tunes and kitschy acts like last year's dancing gorilla.

Despite an ever-increasing number of TV music contests such as Pop Idol, fans say the show - the longest-running global TV competition according to Guinness World Records - is in a category of its own.

The annual Euro-pop fest has always been the glittery home of outlandish costumes, high-voltage stage effects, forgettable tunes and kitschy acts like last year's dancing gorilla. Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan delivered the third of those wins, having entered their baby-boomer lament Rock "n" Roll Kids in the 1994 contest in complete contrast to all of the superdynamic superpop most commonly associated with the competition. And it's doing that with a $23.8 million budget that officials say is the most restrained since 2008.

Some Eurovision fans have taken to Twitter to call for Sobral to be jeered after he called Israel's entry this year "a disgusting song" in an interview published Wednesday Portuguese daily Publico.

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