Step forward Scottish comedian and News Quiz panellist Susan Calman. Final (24 February 2018) The final of EMA 2018 took place on 24 February 2018. *Waits for the call*. After last year's winner, Pascoal has a tough act to follow. I don't need a reminder of country flags, just get to it!!!! Lithuania has a last-minute surge in the betting over the last few days, and has been widely expected to do very well in the voting. More than one hack in the Telegraph office was left with a trembling lip.  Mariza, a traditional fado singer, gave a haunting rendition of her song Barco Negro. If the Norwegian entry doesn't get a trophy, at least he's sure to get a slice of cake. Whilst we are quite busy feeling sorry for the UK, spare a thought for Portugal, currently languishing second from last above Ukraine. He slammed Netta’s quirky tune Toy as “a horrible song”. 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. 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. The commotion didn’t throw the contest off its stride for long however. "It's a slow start..." says Graham Norton. The slogan for Eurovision 2018 is “All aboard!”. Predict the winner. Later that day, Israel’s winner Netta Barzilai performed a celebratory concert in apartheid Tel Aviv, hosted by the mayor, and said, “we have a reason to be happy.” 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. Well, that sent a shiver down the spine. 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. 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. 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. There are only 26 countries in the final, whittled down from 43. “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. The stage performance is a little shambolic. Sadly, many viewers will have been too busy gossiping about SuRie's stage invasion to listen to him properly. #deadpool2 pic.twitter.com/ZgpTUwLAJZ. 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. Dissatisfaction with the rules, particularly how the vote is split between the public and professional judges (Turkey does better with the popular vote) and the guaranteed inclusion of the "big Five countries: England, Germany, France Spain and Italy.Â, The official Eurovision website states that Turkish broadcaster TRT "Broadcaster TRT continues to be a member of the European Broadcasting Union and has the right to return to the contest in the future.". Ireland’s performance was censored because of its depiction of a same-sex relationship, but Albania’s performance was left out because of a slightly more unexpected reason: singer Eugent Bushpepa has visible tattoos, which aren’t allowed to be shown on Chinese TV. In Lisbon, reporters are already taking their places in the venue for tonight's final. Here are the winners of the Marcel Bezençon Awards 2018! 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). Salvador Sobral was clearly a tough act to follow. It’s time to dust down your glitterball, cover everything you own in sequins and start practicing your flag-waving skills. Oddly, it seems that what the public really, really wants is an old man in sunglasses playing the recorder. Incredibly toe-tapping. 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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. What a professional.". If the UK received a boost from sympathetic fans after the stage-invasion, we won't be seeing any sign of it yet. He’s the head honcho of the show: the executive supervisor who makes sure everything runs smoothly. Her three dancers add nothing to the performance to be honest. Eurovision Song Contest 2018 result: Israel won with the song "Toy" by Netta Barzilai with 529 points Date: 8 May 2018 Location: Altice Arena, Lisbon Broadcaster: Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) Hosts: Filomena Cautela, Sílvia Alberto, Daniela Ruah & Catarina Furtado Slogan: All Aboard! For a moment, it looked as though it was going to be a rather politically calm Eurovision for once. Will this be the winning performance of #Eurovision? ': how Kenneth Williams fell for Barbara Windsor, 2020 in TV: how comfort-viewing kept us going. There were plenty of hand-claps, but not much in the way of group singing. You shouldn't have. Personally, we’re in favour of seeing more fictional superheroes take part in Eurovision. What is the logo and slogan of Eurovision 2018? Still, it seems to have gone down well on social media, where the rock-emoji are out in force. It's ironic that the audience said "no thanks" to a song called No Thanks. Benjamin Ingrosso's reedy disco in Dance You Off is not one of this year's highlights, which is odd: Sweden can usually be relied on for a hit. A fun but morbid fact: one of our ex-contestants ended up running for election whilst dead. If you have a smartphone, you can also vote using the official Eurovision app - visit bbc.co.uk/eurovision for more info. I cannot describe how happy and grateful I am!😍💕💕💕 Say YESS to the DRESS! We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph website so that you can continue to access our quality content in the future. The national final took place on 3 March 2018 and featured ten entries. A post shared by Hair Metal Heröes (@hairmetalheroes) on Apr 13, 2016 at 12:22pm PDT, Next up is Czech Republic's Mikolas Josef with Lie to Me. Oh Greece, with your 15-month-old topical humour. Albania was one of the acts censored in China’s broadcast of the semi-finals. 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? As a monoglot listener, though, it’s easy to feel you’re missing out on the full experience - though maybe not with Hvala, ne! Nova deca means “our children”. But calling for a singalong (twice!) Not everyone was pleased by the decision. A special mention has to be made for that sizeable frock. It’s part of the act.  Perhaps he's struggling to get his groove on in those drop-crotch trousers. As happens every year, some of the best and most colourful contestants are knocked out in the first round (poor old Macedonia). "Light Me Up" performed by Gromee and Lukas Meijer was selected as the winner.  Austria entry is doing remarkably well with the professional jury. The top 10 entries from the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest and their combined point totals from the jury and the popular votes are: 1) Israel (529 … "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. This unlikely cowboy was part of The Common Linnets who came second in 2014 with Calm Before The Storm. This is proper, old-school Eurovision, with a bit of peek-a-boo to boot. Ooh, and some top pop trivia  from Graham Norton: it would be the first time a singer in a yellow dress has won since Britain's own Bucks Fizz in 1981. Ladbrokes is now putting SuRie's chances at just 14/1. Does Saara Aalto look familiar? Not everyone is in a cheery mood about Eurovision. It's difficult to joke about. But they have a very proud musical tradition here in Portugal, so they're not doing Swedish-style parody songs. What's Eurovision without a bit of strobe lighting?Â. The song and the singer were internally selected in January 2018 by the Irish broadcaster Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) to represent the nation at the 2018 contest in Lisbon, Portugal. Italy managed to pack more of the real fire, with their defiant song about terrorism. Reminiscent of Katniss’s flame dress in The Hunger Games, the sweeping ball gown is brought to life by a series of swirling effects. That's the kind of pedantic accuracy that brings a patriotic lump to the throat, isn't it? Fingers crossed for a last-minute reversal. His aunt is Helen "Pepsi" DeMacque, of Pepsi &  Shirlie. Germany's answer to Ed Sheeran took the stage with an earnest and heartfelt tribute to his late father. 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. If you'd like to see which countries have voted for the UK (or anyone else!) 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. It happened after a Chinese channel called Mango refused to broadcast his song (as the stage performance features two male dancers acting out a love story). She has a close relationship with her fan-base, and even ended up getting engaged to a fan called Meri. 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. It was the bookies' favourite early in the running, and it seems they called it right. Only seven songs in and Norway decide to intervene and tell everyone how to write a song. Sit back, and soak it in. Remarkably, SuRie managed to pick the song back up and finish it as intended (high notes and all) to a rapturous ovation. Its sales bode well, too:  We Got Love entered the iTunes chart in 12 countries this week.". The album also includes backing vocals (well, a poetry recital) from her biochemist grandfather. One person who won’t be happy tonight is last year’s winner Salvador Sobral. Lithuania’s selection process for Eurovision involved a gruelling competition spanning nine TV shows, so Zasimauskaitė has already proved she has the stamina to perform and to wow audiences. Austria’s The Makemakes had one in 2015. The final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest kicks off in just one hour on BBC One. That must smart, given that they’re hosting. Thanks to the support by @sakusuurhall , @estravelgram , @err_menu , Carglass, River Island and my loved ones I can represent Estonia with the great show in Eurovision 2018!🇪🇪 🇵🇹 . Erm, right. Aww... No, you're crying. Toy by Netta, the song everyone refers to as the "chicken song", has won it for Israel. We think we understand why: middle-aged joint pain is, of course, the best topic for anthemic pop. For the next seven years, they regularly made the top ten and only missed out on the Grand Final once, in Dusseldorf in 2011. 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. 56 countries and an additional 34 Associates in Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Americas. The final starts on BBC One at 8pm, and should be finished by 11.35pm. The United Kingdom's entry, SuRie, is expected to take the stage shortly before 9pm. We thought the pastel-pink hair trend had died in 2017; will these singers bring the look back into fashion? Glad you asked. "Oh, it's near Ruislip!” cry the excited millions in Moldova. Pop critic Charlotte Runcie writes: "Yes, Australia are in Eurovision now, and will keep on being invited forever, it seems. 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. Lithuania's Ieva Zasimauskaitė can't even be bothered to stand up for the first two minutes of her song, When We're Old. Unlike the wretched Planet Earth parodies we were forced to sit through in the semi-final ("David Attenburger", anyone? 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. A lesser talent might have been upstaged by the costume, but Nechayeva has the vocal strength and presence to pull it off. One of the most chic songs this year, it’s likely to be a high finisher.". That stage invasion might just be the best thing that could have happened for the UK. According to the official translation, she’s singing about “a character of smiles and freedom as the most virtual trick of them all”. A promising start for France - who were shortly behind Cyprus, Ireland and Israel in the bookies' odds earlier this evening. There's a lot of passion in tonight's performance, though it's a shame the music itself isn't a bit more original. This is your last chance to grab a drink before it kicks off. With its billowing sails and haunting lyrics, Higher Ground could be the theme song for any of the popular swords-and-sex television series du jour, and Rasmussen’s similarity to a certain Game of Thrones character has not gone unnoticed. It might just be the speakers. Find out how. And now Graham Norton's gone and spoiled it. . After last year’s winning Portuguese ballad, a lot of countries have followed suit this year with songs in their original languages. The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 was the 63rd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. Barzilai’s win means the next Eurovision contest will be hosted by Israel. We look at the Eurovision 2017 winner. Allegedly, the projection equipment was so expensive that Elina Nechayeva's team weren’t sure if they could afford to bring the performance to Eurovision, and they appealed to the Estonian government for cash. She kept going and if anything it gave her song an added edge of determination and power. It's likely that phone-votes for both Germany and Serbia will have taken a dent after this. For context, earlier this week bookies were offering 500-1 on her.Â. Drama! Magnus was the Earl of Orkney, and famous for his piety and aversion to bloodshed. This video content is no longer available, To watch The Telegraph's latest video content please visit, You need to be a subscriber to join the conversation. Something Beginning With… came out in 2016 and features a self-penned song called Storm, which is much darker than her Eurovision entry. Graham Norton joked that he has never aged and has been "preserved in aspic", but who is Eurovision’s Jon Ola Sand? 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