Hosting an annual international song contest, Tel Aviv has tried to remain an island of secular liberalism divorced from Israel’s troubles.
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 former White Stripes frontman was added to the credits for the 2018 Eurovision winner, “Toy,” a pop anthem sung by Netta Barzilai of Israel.
Netta Barzilai’s victory helped eased, at least for now, some Israelis’ deep-seated fears of cultural boycott and isolation.
In a competition known for campy excess, the exuberant Israeli singer Netta Barzilai triumphed with a feminist anthem and a chicken dance.
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.
The performer, who won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest while performing in drag, and whose real name is Thomas Neuwirth, said a former boyfriend had threatened to reveal the diagnosis.
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.”
What to look for as the participants enter the semifinal and then the final stage.