MELOVIN will perform first at the Eurovision song contest 2018

MELOVIN will perform first at the Eurovision song contest 2018

A peaceful Danish Viking, an Estonian soprano in a giant dress and a gay-themed dance will be on display at Saturday's Eurovision final in Portugal, which is toning down the frills at the annual song contest.

"I love the different countries coming together", Bhushan Joshi, a 35-year-old doctor from Sydney who came to Lisbon for the song contest, told AFP. This year, the UK's entry, singer SuRie, was mid-song when a man leapt on stage and snatched the microphone out of her hands.

A lot of thought went into the lineup for the Eurovision Song Contest's Grand Final.

The Dubliner is now third favourite to win and he will perform third from last.

The event's producer, Christer Bjorkman, assesses each of the annual event's 26 performers, figuring out how to create the best show.

The favorite of the bookmakers after the first semi-final was the 31-year-old Greek pop singer of Albanian origin, Eleni, Purara, the representative of Cyprus, with the song "Fuego".

Ukraine has won the competition twice.

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One headache for organizers is the turnover time between acts of just 40 seconds.

Italy, the 26th act, was set to close out the night before voting begins. And it's doing that with a $23.8 million budget that officials say is the most restrained since 2008.

Some Eurovision fans have taken to Twitter to call for Sobral to be jeered after he called Israel's entry this year "a disgusting song" in an interview published Wednesday Portuguese daily Publico.

Cash-strapped public broadcaster RTP has vowed to stage a more "theatrical" contest that makes less use of flashy electronic visual effects, following in the footsteps of Sobral who said after his win that "music is not fireworks, music is feeling".

The Grand Final is hosted in Lisbon, Portugal, with 26 nations battling it out to be crowned victor. Two semifinals have cut the overall field from 43 to the 26 who will compete on Saturday night. Netta Barzilai, Israel's singer, with the song Toy is on the 2 place (index - 3,75).

This year saw the return to competition of Russian Federation, a traditional favourite, after missing last year's event amid a diplomatic spat with host Ukraine.

The hugely popular worldwide event is organized by the European Broadcasting Union, an alliance of public service broadcasters.

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