Denmark sang the Vikings, Ukraine's candidate rose from a coffin to play on a huge flame-reinforced piano, and an Estonian opera singer performed in a 26-foot dress.
But it was Israeli singer Netta Barzilai who won the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon on Saturday with "Toy," a pop anthem about female independence, accompanied by her signature chicken dance.
In a glittering corset and kimono, Ms. Barzilai, 25, stepped onto the stage and sang, "I'm not your toy, you stupid boy," "piercing the verses with arm flaps, beatboxing, and chicken sounds." The song was "by the #MeToo Barzilai said in an interview after a semifinal this week, "Look, it's a great time when women seek and find their votes."
"Fuego" is about "the power of women," said Ms. Foureira in an interview before the final, "Nothing can knock you down. So you just have to fly high, fly, fly, "she added, repeating the lyrics of her song.
Cesár Sampson from Austria landed a surprisingly third place with his comparatively gentle pop song" Nobody but You. " The Carnival of the high camp attracts 200 million viewers a year, and most winners are not world-famous – exceptions are Celine Dion, who represented Switzerland in 1988, and Abba, who sang for Sweden in 1974 – but they can still lead a passionate sect.
The winners are determined by a combination of juries and audience voting, and each contest is hosted in the home country of the previous winner (Salvador Sobral of Portugal won his ballad "Amar Pelos Dois" in 2017).
This year 43 participants divided into 26 finalists who performed in the Altice Arena in Lisbon The competition is open to members of the European Broadcasting Union, which includes countries throughout Europe as well as Israel and Australia.
The most unexpected moment of the evening was when a man stormed onto the stage and the microphone of British singer SuRie snapped it just before the safety tugged him. Graham Norton, the BBC's on-air commentator, announced that the man was in police custody.
SurRie gave a chance to re-appear, according to a statement from a BBC spokeswoman: "SuRie and her team are very proud of their performance and have decided together that there is absolutely no reason to perform the song again."  The European Broadcasting Union bans politically staged performances, but politics tends to follow the competition nevertheless. Last year, Russia failed due to ongoing tensions with the host country Ukraine.
This year, China did not show the competition after a Chinese television station had censored the semi-final performance of Irish Ryan O & # 39; Shaughnessy, two men dancing to his ballad "Together". In response, the European Broadcasting Union banned the broadcaster Mango TV from broadcasting the second semi-final and the final by saying in a statement that the censorship was "out of line" with "the values of universality and inclusiveness."
The sound effects in "Toy," the song that won this year's competition, have their origins in Ms. Barzilai's childhood.
The beatboxing, she said, comes from a bully: "I was fat, and I was teased, and I had to find my thing." And the chicken sounds represent how bullying is about fear: "Afraid of something else, fear of someone taking your place."
Ms. Barzilai said she used to feel crowded under the soulful voice of Adele or Aretha Franklin – "to stand as a diva, to cover herself with black clothes and stretch my arms and sing out of my heart" – because the audience is not a " "A big star of my size, who looks like me and sounds like me, is groundbreaking in Israel."
"I'm so happy," Ms. Barzilai said after winning the stage. "Thank you for accepting differences between us Thank you for celebrating diversity Next time in Jerusalem."