Eurovision: Pop, politics and a dancing ape _ but no Russia


Lucie Jones represents the United Kingdom in The Eurovision Song Contest Final this Saturday evening. Remain voters were 65% to 35% in favour of competing.

More recently, the contest has launched artists such as Lordi, who won with Hard Rock Hallelujah in 2006 and Conchita Wurst, whose anthemic Rise Like a Phoenix in 2014 has become one of the most memorable Eurovision songs of the past decade. The union has been criticized for not barring 1944 a year ago, allowing Russia-Ukraine tensions to fester.

The UK will be represented by former X Factor contestant Lucie Jones, who will sing her ballad Never Give Up On You, but according to YouGov only a fifth of Britons (22%) are intending to watch the show.

Our fate in the song competition which stops Europe now rests with the votes of fans around the world. Usual contender Russian Federation was forced to sit out of this year's contest after it was discovered that their competitor, Yulia Samoylova, entered annexed Ukrainian territory Crimea for a performance.

If the 17-year-old manages to swing all votes which would otherwise be for Russian Federation, he has a real shot.

The contest is organized by the Geneva-based European Broadcasting Union.

We're always hopeful of a strong British performance at the contest in this newsroom, but, just in case Lucie Jones doesn't win over the hearts of the continent in Kiev this weekend, here's our annual reminder of the time the show came to North Yorkshire.

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It's time to stick up the bunting, fill the drinks cabinet, sit back, relax and enjoy the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

Jones, 25, however, is not feeling the pressure and says she is "not too anxious about the outcome".

Moś, singing an original song entitled "Flashlight" was one of ten acts during the first semifinal round to qualify for the finals which will be held on Saturday.

This year, it seemed to be a given that Australia is now a member of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Australian Liam Clark is the head of press and assistant commentator for Estonia at this year's Eurovision Song Contest. All in all, Azerbaijan has quite an artistic act and performance in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

"Grand Final Sunday, 14 May at 7.30 p.m. SBS's LIVE broadcast of the Grand Final is Sunday 14 May from 5 a.m". Don't forget to follow all the buzz from backstage right here on!