The Eurovision Song Contest is seen as one of the greatest all-singing all-dancing shows on TV, to which millions of viewers tune in year after year. And it’s that time again!
The Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final takes place tomorrow. It’s live on BBC1 from 8pm with Graham Norton, or you can tune in on BBC Radio 2 with Ken Bruce from 8pm.
Portugal’s Salvador Sobral won the contest last year. To honour tradition, this means that this year the competition is held in that country. Taking part at the Altice Arena, Lisbon has some serious talent to show off this year.
SuRie is United Kingdom’s artist, and she will be the ninth act to perform on the night, meaning she should take to the stage within the first hour of the competition. The song which she will perform is Storm, written by Nicole Blair, Gil Lewis and Sean Hargreaves.
The current favourite to win is Cyprus’ Eleni Foureira. Her song is called Fuego, which means fire. Second favourite is Israel’s Netta Barzilai, with the song TOY: and they were, in fact, originally tipped to take the top honours. France’s Madame Monsieur are currently third favourite to win in Lisbon.
But could SuRie become the first British winner of the Eurovision since 1997? When asked about the song she’s performing, SuRie said: “Storm is an uplifting, anthemic track, with an instantly catchy hook. The lyrics have a hopeful message, reminding us that our personal, national, global storms don’t last forever and we can and will get through them. Everything will be all right in the end; if it’s not all right, it’s not the end!
“The honour that comes with being the lead artist and representing your country is a very different ball-game, but I’m ready and raring to go!”
And host Graham Norton is optimistic about the UK’s chances of success: “Of course the United Kingdom can win! I think we are in a very safe pair of hands this year with SuRie and the song is a terrific floor filler.
“A great Eurovision song is simply a great song. What makes a winner is far harder to predict. There are so many factors, not just the staging but also the running order and simply what all the other songs are like.
On Tuesday and Thursday there were also two semi-finals to decide who would join the Big Five (Spain, France, Germany, Italy and the UK) and hosts Portugal in the grand final tomorrow. Other nations to have made it through to the grand final are Norway, Moldova and Sweden.
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