The best, worst and weirdest moments of Eurovision 2018

The best, worst and weirdest moments of Eurovision 2018

Israeli singer Netta Barzilai scored a convincing victory at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, on May 12, racking up 529 points from the jury and voting by the television audience.

A statement from European Broadcasting Union, which operates Eurovision, said: "The EBU regrets a stage invasion took place during the United Kingdom's performance at the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final in Lisbon this evening".

Netta, who wore a kimono while performing her apparently trademark moves, thanked the public for "choosing different and celebrating diversity" as she celebrated her win on stage.

But because it's Israel, the competition was not free of politics. The fans make Eurovision what it is; the biggest and the most inclusive and open celebration of music in the world.

The UK's Eurovision hopeful SuRie was rushed by a stage invader as she performed in the annual song contest.

Netta was listed as the victor of the bookmakers at the very beginning of the song contest.

On the contrary. Embassies are moving to Jerusalem, exports (especially of Israeli weapons) are up, and next year's Eurovision competition will be held in the unified (read: occupied) Jerusalem.

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When he won past year, Portuguese singer Salvador Sobral told the crowd he hoped his victory would bring back "music that means something". "The gift is that the Eurovision will come to Jerusalem next year".

That image has been tested by worldwide grumbling about the 50-year occupation of the Palestinian territories and the policies of Israel's current government, including its campaign to expel African asylum-seekers. "We received another one last night with Netta's thrilling and suspenseful victory".

The winning song's main chorus is "I'm not your toy, You stupid boy, I'll take you down". But in the past few days, her star seemed to have waned in favour of Cyprus' hair-flicking Eleni Foureira.

Prior to the contest, Gadot encouraged her almost 20 million Instagram followers to "Vote for Netta!". "It's so fun that we got it and we deserve it", she said in her acceptance speech.

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

The lyrics "I am not your toy, you stupid boy" have drawn a chorus of approval from those who support the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.

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