With most of us waking up Sunday morning eager to see how homegrown favourite Jess Mauboy placed at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, it’s safe to say that whether we were happy, disappointed, or even outraged by the result, it definitely did not leave us feeling unsatisfied.
Those lucky enough to be in attendance at the three-day event held in Lisbon were treated to spectacular performances from all over the globe, while the rest of us at home glued ourselves to the live stream and left reeling when this year proved to be more dramatic than ever. Chicken impressions, overly passionate fans and comical Twitter comparisons were just the start of some of the good, bad and downright weird moments that wrapped up the 63rd year of Eurovision.
Another year, another stage invasion…
Last year it was us Aussies hanging our heads in shame when some idiot donning the Australian flag jumped on stage, exposing his bare buttocks for the audience of millions to see, and this year left the world wondering how on earth could it happen again?!
Poor UK singer SuRie was interrupted mid performance when a man leapt onto stage, snatched the microphone out of her hands and shouted “Nazi’s” and “freedom” before being tackled by security and dragged away. While many viewers rallied behind SuRie’s response to the rattling incident and praised the organiser’s decision to let her sing again, BBC’s Eurovision correspondent Graham Norton kept fans updated, tweeting that “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.”
Jess Mauboy’s stellar performance
All drama aside, us Aussies were left beaming with pride when Eurovision returnee Jess Mauboy blew the crowd away with her powerhouse performance of We Got Love – and thankfully free from any stage invasions. Unfortunately, her performance didn’t quite resonate with Europe, and Australia received its worst placing in our four years of the competition – a dismal 20th place.
It appears the novelty of Australia being part of Eurovision has well and truly worn off, finishing in last place in the public votes, with the nine public points awarded combined with the 90 jury points bringing us to a measly total of 99.
At home in Australia and abroad, fans were left outraged by the result and immediately took to social media to name it the biggest robbery in Australian history since Shannon Noll. Jess was, however, as gracious as ever saying that despite the poor result she was just happy to be up on stage and entertaining the crowd.
The chicken impressionist is the winner?
Israeli contestant, Netta arrived in Lisbon as the crowd favourite and emerged victorious with a 90 point win over her closest competitor, the polished to perfection Eleni Foureira from Cyprus.
Her upbeat song which consisted of chicken noises and comical dance moves had memes flooding in to Twitter, with viewers immediately spotting the uncanny resemblance between her performance and comedian Dawn French’s renowned impersonation of Bjork. However, the quirky girl power anthem Toy, had a deeper message, focussing on the power of the #MeToo movement and the importance of female empowerment in today’s society.
The 24-year-old performer was ecstatic with the win and having the chance to express the important message to a crowd of millions. “The noises are supposed to imitate the voices of a coward — a ‘chicken’. Someone who doesn’t act the way he/she feels and treats you like a toy,” she explained.
And lastly… the fashion
Estonia’s entry Elina Nechayeva had a stellar performance with operatic sensation La Forza, hitting high notes that Christina Aguilera would envy. However, it was her dress that garnered the most interest from viewers who despite the hefty price tag of 65,000 euros was compared to none other than a toilet roll holder.
But we also had Vikings, weird we-still-living-in-the-80-Eastern European threads but also some pretty fire outfits like the Jean Paul Gaultier numbers on chic French duo, Madame Monsieur.
Well that’s it for the Eurovision 2018 wrap up folks. With all the excitement and controversy this year brought, we can hardly wait for what 2019 will deliver. Although a closer look into a new security company might not go astray.
Header image via Twitter.