The night we’ve been waiting a whole year for is finally back, and we couldn’t be more excited.
That’s right, it’s Eurovision: the best night of the year.
Where pop sensations from across Europe – and, for some reason, Australia (we’ll get to that) – compete for the highly-acclaimed title of Eurovision Winner.
Created in the aftermath of the Second World War, as a way of unifying Europe once again, the competition first took to the stage in 1956, and has been delighting audiences ever since.
Back in 1956, it wasn’t the extravaganza we know and love today: only seven countries participated (Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands and Switzerland), with the UK making it’s debut the following year.
Jumping forward over half a decade later, Eurovision is now one of the biggest music competitions in the world.
In 2008, Graham Norton took over from Sir Terry Wogan, commentating for British viewers, and thus the Eurovision we know and love today was born.
This year, the competition will be hosted in Tel Aviv, Israel, after their entrant, Netta, won in Lisbon last year. But who has made it through to the final on Saturday night (18 May)?
Opening the night is Malta’s entry, Michela, with her song, Chameleon.
The evening will also see Eurovision expert, Sweden, perform. This year’s entrant is John Lundvik, who will be singing Too Late For Love in a stripped-back performance featuring only him and some back up singers.
This contrasts Sweden’s previous competitors, which include Måns Zelmerlöw and, of course, ABBA. He’s currently one of the favourites to win.
But the act most likely to win is The Netherland’s Duncan Laurence, performing a ballad. If he wins, it will be The Netherland’s first win in 44 years.
The UK will perform sixteenth, with Michael Rice from Hartlepool representing the country on the stage. Michael’s odds are currently 200/1, but we’ll be looking forward to dancing along, either way.
Australia will perform second to last. They joined the competition in 2015, as a one off, to mark the 60th anniversary, however they have become an integral part of Eurovision over the last five years.
So, grab your dancing shoes, crisps and settle in for another evening of fun, singing, and Graham Norton’s sassy commentary: it’s not to be missed.
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