Her three dancers add nothing to the performance to be honest. ... May 12, 2018. Our critic Charlotte Runcie writes: "Lea Sirk brings some serious swagger to the stage with this song in Slovene, featuring rapping, energetic dancing, and a serious breakbeat. There's a lot of passion in tonight's performance, though it's a shame the music itself isn't a bit more original. Not everyone is in a cheery mood about Eurovision. The pillock who climbed onstage during SuRie's performance is reportedly one "Dr AC Activism" – who has perpetrated similar stunts at the National Television Awards earlier this year, and on The Voice in 2017. Both the title of her song and its fabulous genderbending video recall Lady Gaga. It might just be the speakers. For context, earlier this week bookies were offering 500-1 on her.Â. #laforza #elinanechayeva #eurovision2018 #laforzaelinanechayeva #sayyesstothedress, A post shared by Elina Nechayeva 🎶Soprano (@elinanechayeva) on Apr 23, 2018 at 1:28pm PDT. European Broadcasting Union, Things seem to have got off on the wrong foot. Some puppetry. 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!🇪🇪 🇵🇹 . If you enjoyed Denmark's Rasmussen and that mournful neo-sea shanty Higher Ground, here's a bit of fun background info about the singer.  Jonas Flodager Rasmussen is best known to Danish audiences as the frontman of Hair Metal Heröes, a cover band who specialise in camp classics by Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe, so this sombre song is a bit of a departure for him. Eurovision was, of course, a big deal in medieval times. That stage invasion might just be the best thing that could have happened for the UK. [NB: This does happen. "It’s one of the most fun, interesting and exciting songs in Eurovision memory, with a vibrant sense of humour and quirkiness to it," writes pop critic Charlotte Runcie. Oh Greece, with your 15-month-old topical humour. We think we understand why: middle-aged joint pain is, of course, the best topic for anthemic pop. 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. 48 points. ", Pop critic Charlotte Runcie adds: "Stage invasion! Sadly, many viewers will have been too busy gossiping about SuRie's stage invasion to listen to him properly. She has a close relationship with her fan-base, and even ended up getting engaged to a fan called Meri. 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. ': how Kenneth Williams fell for Barbara Windsor, 2020 in TV: how comfort-viewing kept us going. "Oh, it's near Ruislip!” cry the excited millions in Moldova. One Hungarian journalist in particular was going crazy with his applause in rehearsals yesterday, screaming full-throatedly after two songs: their own metal opus and (weirdly) Australia's entry, Jessica Mauboy's We Got Love...". Did you know that one of this year’s entries is the nephew of a backing-singer from Wham? Lithuania's Ieva Zasimauskaitė can't even be bothered to stand up for the first two minutes of her song, When We're Old. The numbers to call for each country will appear on TV during tonight's broadcast. For a moment, it looked as though it was going to be a rather politically calm Eurovision for once. Not everyone was pleased by the decision. It's likely that phone-votes for both Germany and Serbia will have taken a dent after this. "A solid heavy metal number is a brave choice for a Eurovision entry," says our Eurovision expert Charlotte Runcie. 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. Frankly, it would have made a very good entry in its own right (although we'd hate to have missed out on the sight of Portugal's pink-bobbed Cláudia Pascoal and her remarkable hair). The song is a bit slow-going in the verses but in the chorus it all kicks off, and she’s singing in Italian, as befits her operatic style, which may well ensure her an enthusiastic score from Italy if nobody else.". Israel massacred 62 Palestinians in Gaza, including six children, just two days after its May 12th 2018 Eurovision win. Moldova snatched the crown for the night’s most ambitious staging, acting out an entire end-of-the-pier farce in their three minutes, with body doubles, costume changes and a bit of Paul Daniels magic thrown in for good measure. Before the UK's points were doled out, we were treated to this offbeat greeting: “Hello from London – well, actually I’m in Uxbridge, which is just outside London, near Ruislip.”. The Eurovision Song Contest is organized by the Ukraine opens the show with a flaming piano, which might sound exciting and edgy, but actually pianos-on-fire are a bit of a Eurovision tradition. Eurovision 2018 “chose different” this year, handing the win to Israel’s Netta Barzilai. We're only a few minutes in, and some viewers are already flagging (sorry). “I really don’t see any evidence of someone hearing a song that totally speaks to them, and then thinking about a political agenda,” she says. It's often said that Eurovision voting is incredibly political (see our analysis of the various voting "blocs" here), and countries have even treated their participation in the contest as a way of showing disapproval with international affairs. 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