Eurovision 2018 victor: Israel wins Eurovision Song Contest with Netta Barzilai

Posted May 13, 2018

Credit has to go to the Eurovision Song Contest organisers, the EBU for monitoring and updating the Eurovision format to reduce the ability of neighbourly voting or so called "political voting" from affecting the results.

Noway's Alexander Rybak is a previous Eurovision victor, but he seems unlikely to make it to the top a second time with his offering this year, That's How You Write A Song. His performance featured a flaming staircase leading up to a piano, touches he said were inspired by the song's lyrics: "Nothing but your will sets you on fire, and fire lasts forever".

"The producers look at the genre of music, whether a song is performed by a solo singer or group, the use of props, music tempo and various other aspects of each act", they say.

Those who want to see if the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 victor turns out to be correct can also check here to see the entire show and find ways to watch both on television and online. "You want to get the party going", Bjorkman said.

The 25-year-old accompanies the up-tempo song with trills, clucking sounds and chicken-like dance moves.

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

But Portugal is putting on a show with stylish, elegant performances by a strong field of competitors. And it's doing that with a $23.8 million budget that officials say is the most restrained since 2008.

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This year, the annual singing contest - which has become increasingly global in recent years, is held in Lisbon, Portugal.

Cash-strapped public broadcaster RTP has vowed to stage a more "theatrical" contest that makes less use of flashy electronic visual effects, following in the footsteps of Sobral who said after his win that "music is not fireworks, music is feeling".

Twenty-six acts take part with the so-called "Big Five" - France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom - as well as host country Portugal already pre-qualified. K., as well as the host country.

After the announcement and before a repeat performance of her winning song "Toy", Netta Barzilai cried out to a wildly applauding audience in Lisbon, "Thank you for accepting differences between us".

This year saw the return to competition of Russian Federation, a traditional favorite, after missing last year's event amid a diplomatic spat with host Ukraine.

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