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.
Geopolitics and pop culture clash as Ukraine bars Russia's entry into the 2017 Eurovision contest because of a visit by the contestant, Yulia Samoylova, to Crimea.
Ukraine’s domestic intelligence agency said on Wednesday that it had prohibited Yulia Samoylova from entering the country for the contest.
Jamala’s choice of song, a ballad that seemed to evoke Soviet abuses in World War II, spurred challenges that cited a ban on political subject matter.