Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Stage invader grabs mic during UK Eurovision performance

Stage invader grabs mic during UK Eurovision performance

Recall automatically in the finals enter the country, the founder of the Eurovision song contest: Germany, France, UK, Spain and Italy, as well as the winners of past year - Portugal.

Viewers and professional juries in all 43 participating countries will pick the victor, with the televoting and juries each representing 50 percent of the outcome.

The man reportedly shouted about "Nazis of the United Kingdom media" as the singer performed her track Storm at the annual event.

Viewers praised SuRie for her handling of the rattling moment, as security bounded on stage and dragged the man away.

Earlier, according to the results of toss, which was held after the 2 Eurovision 2018 semifinal, Melovin, Ukrainian contestant, will open the final of the song contest.

The show, watched by millions around the world, got underway at the riverside Altice Arena with performances by Portuguese fado stars Ana Moura and Mariza, a willowy singer with bleached blonde hair.

Beatbombers, a Portuguese DJ duo, then mixed a classic fado song with a techno beat while the contestants representing 26 countries paraded across the stage with their national flags.

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

Australia's Jessica Mauboy during rehearsals ahead of the Eurovision 2018 grand final. An expected 200 million people were expected to tune in across the world.

Given the fact that we've won the competition more times than any other country, another Irish success story at the Eurovision isn't beyond the realms of possibility. "You want to get the party going", Bjorkman said.

The 25-year-old accompanies the up-tempo 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 won past year with Salvador Sobral's subdued ballad "Amar pelos Dois".

The kitsch is conspicuously absent this year and the usual extravagant stage effects are nowhere to be seen.

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. And it's doing that with a $23.8 million budget that officials say is the most restrained since 2008.

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