On its 63rd edition, the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 was held in Portugal for the first time, in Altice Arena, Lisbon. Eurovision, the longest running yearly music competition on television in the world, is known for its widely diversified musical styles – often a mix of traditional elements and contemporary trends.
There were a total of 26 countries who participated during the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in the Grand Final round. Prior to the Grand Finals, there were two semi-finals that were held on May 8th and 10th. There were 17 nations who got eliminated from the two semi-finals rounds.
This year’s Eurovision competition took place on May 12 and was hosted by RTP or Radio e Televisao de Portugal. Meanwhile, American viewers got a glimpse of the anticipated final show down via LogoTV. More than 10,000 crowds have gathered to witness the live performances of the representatives from the competing countries inside the arena. Netta from Israel went home triumphant marking Israel’s fourth time to win in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Here is the list of the top 5 performance entries for this year’s Eurovision Contest:
Netta Barzilai from Israel, Song Entry: Toy
The song ‘Toy’ was written by Stav Beger and Doron Medalie. Israel’s win this year is the country’s fourth, having won in previous years – 1978, 1979 and then on 1998. It garnered a total of 529 points the 212 points coming the jury’s score and 317 points via the televoting system.
Eleni Foureira from Cyprus, Song Entry: Fuego
Fuego which translates as fire in English is written by Alex Papaconstantinou together with Andrez Wrethov, Didrick, Geraldo Sandell, and Viktor Svensson. Although the song entry was just second to Israel’s entry, it was so far the best position for Cyprus in the contest. It garnered an average of 436 points.
Cesar Sampson from Austria, Song Entry: Nobody but You
‘Nobody But You’ is Austria’s song representation and is written by Boris Milanov, Sebastian Arman, and Joacim Persson. The song got 342 points and was actually the jury’s vote but fell short by ranking only at number 13 in terms of televote.
Michael Schulte from Germany, Song Entry: You Let Me Walk Alone
Germany’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, ‘You Let Me Walk Alone’ was written by Michael Schulte himself along with Thomas Stengaard, Nina Muller and Nisse Ingwersen. It earned a total of 340 points and was released on February 20, 2018.
Ermal Meta and Fabrizio Moro from Italy, Song Entry: Non mi avete fatto niente
‘Non mi avete fatto niente’ which translates in English as “You haven’t done anything to me” is an Italian song written by the duo Fabrizio Moro and Ermal Meta. The song has represented Italy in this year’s Eurovision contest and got 308 points in the final scoring.
The Eurovision Song Contest for 2019 is slated to be hosted by the Israeli Broadcasting network, KAN and is expected to offer the global audience with yet another mesmerizing and sundry performances.