Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

The victor of the Eurovision song contest called song of Israel's bad

The victor of the Eurovision song contest called song of Israel's bad

It's a duet for the ages: last year's victor Salvador Sobral is on the Eurovision Song Contest stage singing his successful song alongside Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso.

Favourites include Cyprus' fiery song "Fuego" by Eleni Foureira and Israeli singer Netta Barzilai's "Toy", whose lyrics "I am not your toy" sum up the concerns of many women who have adopted the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.

"SuRie and her team are extremely proud of her performance and have together decided that there is absolutely no reason to perform the song again", he tweeted.

Jessica told Fairfax Media that the song, which she co-wrote with Sydney musicians David Musumeci and Anthony Egizii, is dear to her and is "strong with a simple message".

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

O'Shaughnessy will perform third from last, while SuRie will be ninth to appear.

Eurovision was first held in 1956 with the aim of uniting Europe after World War II.

This year's final won't be seen in China though.

In the first semi-finals to the finals were: Austria, Estonia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Israel, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Albania, Finland, Ireland.

But sharing a stage at the Grand Final with Caetano, 75, on Saturday night was too good to miss.

Despite an ever-increasing number of TV music contests such as Pop Idol, fans say the show - the longest-running worldwide TV competition according to Guinness World Records - is in a category of its own.

Dozens of people gathered on Saturday morning at a "European Village" set up in the central Praca do Comercio, sitting on lounge chairs and discussing the upcoming final.

As of now, it is unclear whether the United Kingdom will be able to perform their entry for a second time.

"Music isn't fireworks, it's feeling", Sobral said to explain his 2017 triumph.

Barzilai, who was the favorite to win ahead of Saturday's Grand Final, saw off competition from 42 other countries' performers to claim the music extravaganza's annual crown at a show in Lisbon, Portugal.

Sobral, 28, underwent a heart transplant last December and has been limiting his public appearances. "Fortunately, this year I can do nothing to listen", he said.

Tonight's final is the climax of the week-long Eurovision contest, which has already seen its share of controversy and surprises.

Host Portugal also automatically qualified.

You can vote up to 20 times, but you cannot vote for the country you are voting from.

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