How English is the Eurovision Song Contest?


Fans who want to watch the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 live online will be able to catch streaming video of all 26 finalists competing for the title - with some extra drama mixed in this year.

During the Grand Final, Ukrainian electronic music band ONUKA will perform featuring Ukrainian folk music and motifs, whilst Jamala, the victor of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will premiere her brand new single, I Believe In U. Participants from The Voice of Ukraine will also join Jamala during her performance. NaviBand will take the stage at number 3. The country has withdrawn from this year's Song Contest due to a dispute over its singer.

With this year making it twenty years since the UK's last win, the pressure is on for Lucie.

The contest's organising body, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), tried to negotiate a diplomatic solution, either by Russian Federation submitting a new song and artist or by having Samoylova perform via satellite, but neither side could be brought to a satisfactory solution.

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The elephant in the room at Saturday's contest is Russian Federation, which is boycotting the event after Ukraine barred Moscow's contestant from entering the country - a symptom of the countries' toxic relations after Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014.

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And the Sobral family's connection with the show didn't end there, as his sister Luisa - who penned his Eurovision-winning song Amar Pelos Dois and sung it with him onstage following his win - also took part in the show.

The most popular song for Eurovision 2017 remains Italy's Occidentali's Karma with nearly 13 million streams and more than 114 million views.

A 1966 rule change meant that songs had to be in one of the participating country's official languages.

The three decade long love affair Australia has enjoyed with the contest since SBS began broadcasting the show in 1983 has an impact on the charts and streaming services.

Those who wanted to stay included 65 percent of those who voted to remain in the European Union, 70 percent of those who intend to vote for the pro-EU Liberal Democrats and 69 percent of 18-24-year-olds.

Other hopefuls this year include Jacques Houdek, known as "Mr Voice" in Croatia, who blends pop and operatic singing styles in the song "My Friend". Sweden has won the contest six times, while Luxembourg, France and the United Kingdom have won five times. But the sweet intentions were soured this year when Russia's participation was scuttled by host Ukraine over the two nations' diplomatic and military conflict.