Despite pulling off a spectacular performance at the Eurovision grand final in Portugal, Jessica Mauboy has finished in 20th place for Australia.
The Darwin born singer helmed Australia’s fourth bid for Eurovision success on Saturday night, and belted out her pop song We Got Love, in front of a 11,500-strong crowd at Lisbon’s Altice Arena.
Dressed in the same purple frock she wore during the semi-finals, Jess’ joyful and energy-filled act came as a refreshing change as she took to the stage straight after Denmark’s singer Rasmussen performed Viking rock song, Higher Ground.
Jess described the experience – that saw her perform to an estimated television audience of 200 million – as ‘nerve-wrecking’, but was buoyed by how well her song had been received by Eurovision fans who quickly started singing along with her.
“That is what my song is about, feeling the love, or maybe the synergy, and I felt that back – it was amazing,” she said.
“Because of you guys, we have love tonight.”
While Jess’ performance was flawless, the 63rd Song Contest wasn’t without its drama.
At one point a protester stormed the stage in the middle of the UK’s entry and wrangled the microphone from singer SuRie, before being led off by security.
It didn’t stop the show from continuing, and Israel’s Netta Barzilai was crowned 2018’s Eurovision winner, with Cyprus coming in second.
Unfortunately for Jess, she finished a rather dismal 20th, far from Australia’s second place finish at the 2016 finals.
With additional reporting by AAP
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