Eurovision Song Contest 2018 results: Israel wins

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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.

He will perform third last with his song "Together" in Lisbon's Altice Arena.

Recall that the Grand final of the Eurovision song contest will start at 22.00.

She skated close to the prize with her performance of the song, Sound of Silence.

The event's producer, Christer Bjorkman, assesses each of the annual event's 26 performers, figuring out how to create the best show.

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Ukrainian entry MELOVIN is first up on Saturday night with his song "Under The Ladder".

The 25-year-old won season five of the Israeli reality show HaKokhav HaBa, an X Factor-style singing competition. After MELOVIN, it was Spain's turn.

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SuRie chose not to perform for a second time after the incident. That's not much time to get the props off stage, though the commercial breaks offer more breathing space for the crew.

The annual Euro-pop fest has always been the glittery home of outlandish costumes, high-voltage stage effects, forgettable tunes and kitschy acts like last year's dancing gorilla. And it's doing that with a $23.8 million budget that officials say is the most restrained since 2008.

Cash-strapped public broadcaster RTP has vowed to stage a more "theatrical" contest that makes less use of flashy electronic visual effects, following in the footsteps of Sobral who said after his win that "music is not fireworks, music is feeling".

After two semi-finals held this week, 20 countries moved to Saturday's final while Britain, Italy, Spain, France and Germany got free passes as they are the biggest contributors to the European Broadcasting Union.

Of course, there are countries more likely to vote for each other because of shared values, but with Ireland and Australia both in tonight's final, that's something that the United Kingdom has as much chance of benefitting from than anyone else.

After the announcement and before a repeat performance of her winning song "Toy", Netta Barzilai cried out to a wildly applauding audience in Lisbon, "Thank you for accepting differences between us".

Last year, the event took place in Kiev, Ukraine, and the year prior in Stockholm, Sweden.

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