Israel has won the Eurovision Song Contest with Netta’s “Toy” scoring 529 points.
Cyprus was second with 436 points and Austria third with 342 points. Austria also won the jury votes.
First and second placings reflected the two favourites as predicted by the bookies.
Australia finished with 99 points, in #20th place, pulling the lowest televoting result of just 9 points and leaving commentators Joel Creasey & Myf Warhurst lost for words. It was our lowest placing across our 4 appearances.
Lisbon turned on a spectacular show at Altice Arena with infectious pop, powerful ballads, opera, heavy metal, country and slapstick. Songs this year were marked by themes surrounding anti-bullying, #MeToo, asylum seekers, anti-terrorism and same-sex romance.
The evening was marred by a protester bursting onstage during a performance by the United Kingdom. SuRie was momentarily thrown but continued on as security grabbed the protestor, with added encouragement from the crowd. Respect. Last year a Ukrainian streaker interrupted the show draped in an Aussie flag.
Australian spokesperson Ricardo Goncalves with a Bondi beach backdrop delivered Australia’s 12 jury points to Sweden.
This post updates.