LISBON • The lyrics “I am not your toy, you stupid boy” have drawn a refrain of approval from these who assist the #MeToo motion in opposition to sexual harassment.
Yesterday, voters additionally gave the thumbs-up to the uptempo music Toy – the place the lyrics come from – paving the way in which for Israeli singer Netta Barzilai to win the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon in Portugal after she beat 25 different contestants.
The 25-year-old former singer within the Israeli Navy band accompanied her profitable efficiency with trills, clucking sounds and chicken-like dance strikes in an eye catching efficiency that’s typically typical of the Eurovision contest.
Cyprus completed second and Austria, third.
The annual extravaganza has lengthy been recognized for high-tech stage results. But the cash-strapped Portuguese state broadcaster stripped the stage of the partitions of LED screens that have shaped a backdrop to performances in recent times.
Nonetheless, many finalists found different gimmicks to fish for votes.
Norway’s Alexander Rybak performed an imaginary guitar, violin, piano and drum as graphics of these devices had been overlaid onto the feed of his efficiency on viewers’ TV screens at home.
Italy used the identical trick, however with brightly designed subtitles spelling out the lyrics of a music about terrorist assaults in Europe.
Estonian soprano Elina Nechayeva wore an enormous, interactive gown which flowed down from her waist, past her toes and out throughout the sprawling stage. The gown, which weighed about 8kg, got here to life with vibrant animations whereas she sang.
But British singer SuRie had unintended assist when her efficiency was interrupted by a person who jumped on stage and snatched her microphone.
Eurovision, which was first held in 1956, has an estimated global viewers of about 200 million folks and has been a launching pad for the likes of Abba and Celine Dion.
Dion, who is Canadian, represented Switzerland in 1988, with the foundations permitting anybody to sing for a specific nation.