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Eurovision 2018 - as it happened: Israel's Netta wins in close final as UK's SuRie avoids 'nil points' after stage invasion

After the initial jury votes seemed to place Sweden and Austria as the main contenders, popular votes ensured Israel a last moment victory

Roisin O'Connor,Clarisse Loughrey
Saturday 12 May 2018 23:36
Stage invader crashes SuRie's Eurovision performance

Israel's Netta has won the Eurovision song contest 2018.

It was a night filled with drama, including the tense moment a man invaded the stage during UK entry SuRie's performance and grabbed the mic to shout about "Nazis" and the "UK media".

After the night's jury votes, it seemed the competition was down to two of the night's charmers, Austria's Cesár Sampson and Sweden's Benjamin Ingrosso.

However, the public vote changed all that: the favour shifted first to Israel and Cyprus' Eleni Foureira, with Netta finally triumphing with her bright, bonkers pop anthem 'Toy'.

"Thank you for celebrating diversity. Thank you! I love my country! See you in Jerusalem!" she said in her acceptance speech, as a member of the crowd waved their stuffed Pikachu in triumph, referencing the song's lyrics.

You can check out all the action as it happened below:

Netta recently spoke to The Independent about her own body confidence: "[I was told] dress like you have nothing to celebrate Dress in black. Dress big. Short skirts are not for you. Short sleeves are not for you. You’re not sexy or beautiful. You’re funny - that’s what you are. And you are a good friend.

"Well I am here to break that because this is a great evil that is done in the word to so many people."

"People are locked in this state of mind and when I decided that this [gestures to herself] is who I am then that was that. I always wanted to explore pop culture in my music and I didn’t have a chance because being me and presenting that music… it’s not existing."

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