Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Eurovision carnival comes to Portugal for first time

Eurovision 2018 Eurovision 2018 Grand Final kicks off in Portugal
Rosie Leonard | 13 May, 2018, 00:48

The main favorite of Eurovision 2018 is Eleni Foureira, a singer from Cyprus, with the song Fuego, as William Hill bookmaker's office quotes demonstrate.

The British entry for the annual talent contest was singing her track "Storm" at the Altice Arena in Lisbon, Portugal, when a person ran on stage and stole the microphone from her hand.

The intruder was dragged off stage by security after shouting "we demand freedom" and the singer clapped along until she was given a new microphone.

Contestants from 26 countries are taking part in the hugely popular contest.

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.

More than 10,000 people are in the audience, and thousands more are watching the show at a downtown fan zone.

Beatbombers, a Portuguese DJ duo, mixed a classic fado song with a techno beat while the contestants representing 26 countries paraded across the stage with their national flags. An expected 200 million people will tune in across the world.

Recall MELOVIN will open the final of "Eurovision 2018": song lyrics "Under The Ladder".

"You want to start with good energy".

On to happier moments: Everyone's favourite European country, Australia, once again competed this year, with our very own mini-Beyonce Jess Mauboy putting in a powerhouse effort with her anthem We Got Love. "You want to get the party going".

The 25-year-old former singer in the Israeli Navy band accompanies the uptempo song with trills, clucking sounds and chicken-like dance moves.

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

Portugal is hosting the event for the first time after its entry, jazzy solo ballad "Amar pelos dois" ("Love for two") by Salvador Sobral, won the contest past year in Ukraine.

The annual Euro-pop fest has always been the glittery home of outlandish costumes, high-voltage stage effects, forgettable tunes and kitschy acts like last year's dancing gorilla.

Granted, Ryan O'Shaughnessy might have an evening to forget in Lisbon, but after impressing during the semi-finals, the bookies think that the 22-year wait to win the competition might come to an end.

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