Behind the scenes of this year’s song contest, the usual political tensions between Israel and Palestinians played out.
Anna Korsun, whose stage name is Maruv, was officially dropped after a contract dispute. But officials had doubted her loyalty because of a planned tour in Russia.
The European Broadcasting Union said that a Chinese TV channel’s censorship of sections of the song contest’s semifinal was not in line with its values.
When accepting his award, Salvador Sobral said: “Music is not fireworks, music is feeling, so let’s try to really change this, and bring music back.”
Romania has been expelled from the Eurovision song contest for failing to pay debts.