The finale of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest was an intense nail-biter, but Israel officially took home the gold with Netta Barzilai’s quirky and catchy earworm of a song, “Toy.”


The competition featured an eclectic mix of power ballads, bubblegum pop, chicken clucking, and even a metal band that captured the attention of viewers with their elaborate costumes and jaw-dropping choreography.

Netta was a frontrunner going into tonight’s competition. The song’s music video has clocked more than 26 million views on YouTube and charted in countries around the world, including hitting the number two spot in Israel.


Organized by the European Broadcasting Union, the competition is in its 63nd year, drawing more than 200 million viewers worldwide. The 2018 Grand Final competition had the theme of “All Aboar,” and was held in Lisbon, Portugal, where acts representing 42 countries battled it out for the coveted trophy and the right to host next year’s contest in their home country.

The show was going smoothly until SuRie, the performer representing the U.K., was interrupted during her performance by a man who jumped onstage and took her microphone, reportedly shouting, “for the Nazis of the U.K. media we want freedom,” before being escorted away by security guards.


This was the third year in a row that Logo broadcast the competition in the U.S. This year RuPaul’s Drag Race squirrel friends Ross Mathews and Shangela were the cable net’s correspondents adding colorful commentary between the performances.

Watch Netta’s performance below.

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