Netta Barzilai won the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 for Israel with the song “Toy”. The Eurovision took place at the Altice Arena, Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday 12 May. It was again hosted by Graham Norton. Previous Winners of the Eurovision Song Contest have included Lordi, Bucks Fizz, ABBA, Brotherhood of Man, Celine Dion and Dana International. Former champion Conchita Wurst and current finalist Saara Aalto (Finland) were also both there.
There was also controversy when SuRie’, representing the UNITED KINGDOM had a tense moment when a man invaded the stage during her performance and grabbed the mic to protest about “Nazis” and the “UK media”. The United Kingdom eventually came third last, despite SuRie’s best efforts to keep her composure during the stage invasion. Organizers Gave her the option of re performing the song.
The competition eventually seemed to be down to, Austria’s Cesár Sampson and Sweden’s Benjamin Ingrosso. However Netta, representing Israel eventually won Eurovision with her bonkers rendition of the song “Toy”, a song which she said celebrated diversity and Positive outlook. However Netta’s outfit sparked more controversy and not everyone was happy about the win with many citing”cultural appropriation” due to her wearing a Kimono and referencing many Japanese customs during the performance. Many were also displeased about the large amount of Miming to backing tracks which appeared to be going on during the contest.
From the ridiculous to the sublime….