Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

First finalists of Eurovision 2018 to be named on 8 May

First finalists of Eurovision 2018 to be named on 8 May

The annual song contest begins early Wednesday morning on May 9, with the first semi-final starting at 5am AEST.

43 countries in total are competing at Eurovision in 2018. Now, if the Eurovision song contest organisers get their way, these traits could find a bigger global audience.

Eurovision is the longest running worldwide televised song contest, bringing politics, extravagant stage sets, weird and glamorous costumes, and plenty of song and dance together in a fight to the glorious end.

The event was broadcast on the official YouTube-channel of Eurovision song contest. We had several bids proposed the to the Steering Group of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, which then decided on the host broadcaster.

"Lisbon, they don't have money, so this is austerity Eurovision".

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"I think I speak for us all when I say that I'm so happy other countries can understand what we're trying to do here".

"There have been talks with the BBC, they really want me to do it", Saara had told The Sun newspaper previous year. "I was always a musician and it helped me overcome these obstacles".

So, we have set you a quiz to test your knowledge of this year's participants.

Meanwhile, Cyprus are the firm favourites after an unprecedented move from 66/1 to 5/2 following Monday night's semi-finals jury show. Following countless days and hours of preparations, the first live show from the Altice Arena is already over, and its results are (yaaas) in!

But Jessica Mauboy jokes she has suffered a unique Eurovision-related injury - whiplash neck courtesy of that epic hair flick which features in the choreography of her We Got Love performance.

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