Eurovision 2018 Grand Final Summary – Looking forward to 2019-
Look back at your favourite songs from Eurovision 2018 and forward to 2019 in Jerusalem.
Netta battled it out all night with Cyprus in the Eurovision Grand Final. With an outstanding Semi Final 1 performance from Eleni Foureira, Cyprus came from nowhere into outright Eurovision favouritism just 2 days before the final with the dance hit
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Austria’s Nobody But You by Cesár Sampson finished in an unexpected third place.
Other huge shock results and fan favourites included:
Fourth Place – Germany – Michael Schulte – You Let Me Walk Alone
Sixth Place (and big in the popular televote results);
Seventh Place – The highly listenable and radio friendly Swedish entry. Another televote fan’s favourite;
Eurovision 2019 in Israel
In Israel, the phrase “Next Year in Jerusalem” has special significance. In the years before Israel’s existence, it was a rallying call for a Jewish homeland. Since the creation of Israel, however, the meaning of the phrase has changed. “Next Year in Jerusalem” is an invite to travel to Jerusalem for Passover the next possible year.
By uttering the phrase ‘Next year in Jerusalem’, only seconds after her victory, Eurovision 2018 winner, Netta Barzilai has invited not only Europe, but the world to Israel.
Speaking to Israeli TV, Netta said she looked forward to the world seeing “an Israeli carnival” when Jerusalem hosts the contest.
An outdoor spectacle at Jerusalem’s Teddy Soccer Stadium with 31 000 capacity would provide the spectacle Netta is speaking of, whilst the 15 600 capacity of the Pais Arena could also host Europe’s biggest song party.
If you haven’t heard of Eurovision before then you must have been living under a rock. The Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s largest and longest-running annual TV song competition. Performers from all over the world battle it out in song, dance and stage antics to be crowned the winners of Eurovision.
It’s not only popular with pop lovers, but it’s also a major event highlight in the bookmakers calendar. Punters from all over the world place their bets on which countries will make it to the final, and who will be the ultimate winner of Eurovision.
Eurovision 2018 event took place on the 12 May at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal, the winning country from 2017 extravaganza.
A total of 43 countries took part in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. The 37 semi-finalists were whittled down to 20 (10 from each event), and joined the ‘Big Five’ of France, Germany, Italy, UK and Spain, plus Portugal as the host country in the Grand Final on the 12 May.
Australia is relative newcomers to the contest, but they have made quite the impression. Since entering the ring in 2015, they have been placed in the top 10 finalists three years in a row, and even made it to 2nd place in 2016. They are certainly on a roll and are likely to continue that trend going into 2018.
Mikloas Josef represented the Czech Republic with a song he wrote himself, ‘Lie to Me’. Having undergone a rewrite to sanitise the song’s quite explicit content of a young man who is two-timed by his girlfriend, ‘Lie to Me’ was one of the favourites to progress to the final on May 12 from Semi Final 1 and he did. Overall, the song is a strong and massive surprise from a nation that doesn’t traditionally do well at Eurovision.
In previous years Finland selected their Eurovision representative by public national selection, but this time around Finnish broadcaster, YLE, have chosen the performer internally. Bearing the country’s Eurovision hopes for 2018 will be Saara Aalto, who placed 2nd in The X-Factor in 2016. Aalto is just one of many former TV song contests to represent their country.
2017 was meant to be Israel’s final Eurovision appearance with Imri Ziv’s performance impressing in the semi-finals at the knockout stage. However, after going through several legal wrangles and protracted court battles, the 3-time-winner (1978, 1979, 1998) is back in 2018, better than ever. Israel was represented by Netta Barzilai’s entry ‘Toy’ which delightfully and stylishly brings the ‘playful’ factor back to Eurovision. However, Netta’s song carries a powerful message with the lyrics seemingly inspired by the Global #MeToo movement. Netta won the chance to represent Israel after owning the stage on the Kochav Haba television talent show earlier this year and her ‘Toy’ is exactly the type of catchy ditty that Eurovision winners are made from.