Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

The TOP 3 participants of Eurovision-2018 according to bookies

The TOP 3 participants of Eurovision-2018 according to bookies

Lisbon is hosting the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, the annual europop song fest that draws tens of millions of viewers from around the globe. In the finals, 26 of the participants, writes the with reference for Today. In the end Ukraine's entry that year was Jamala, who sang a song called 1944.

Cyprus' Eleni Foureira, who is a huge star in Greece, is tipped by bookmakers as the favourite to win with her fiery number "Fuego" that features a heavily choreographed routine.

The bookmaker's office is taking bets for Ukrainian Melovin with the song Under The Ladder with the index 101, which allows to count only on the 18 place.

Highlights will undoubtedly include Denmark's red-bearded Rasmussen, whose song is based on a legend about a Viking who refused to fight, and a special dress worn by Estonian soprano Elina Nechayeva which flows down from her waist, beyond her feet and out across the stage.

Coming after last year's much-seen stage invasion, the question has to be asked: How does this keep happening? The Chinese video service had edited out a romantic dance sequence by two men from Ireland's entry in the first semifinal and blurred out rainbow flags in the audience.

He first found fame in Ukraine on their version of The X Factor, auditioning for the show three times and failing to make it through before he finally succeeded - going on to win the entire series in 2015.

This year saw the return to the competition of Russian Federation, a traditional favorite, after missing last year's event amid a diplomatic spat with host Ukraine.

Despite an ever-increasing number of TV music contests such as Pop Idol, fans say the show - the longest-running global TV competition according to Guinness World Records - is in a category of its own.

"I think that's a wonderful position to be in", she told PA.

Salvador Sobral ended his nation's 53-year wait for a victory - or even a top-five finish - in Kiev with his song Amar pelos dois, finishing above Bulgaria and Moldova. "It's surreal", he said in an interview published Wednesday in Portuguese daily Publico.

A total of 26 countries will compete in Sunday's grand final, including the big five countries who automatically qualify, Germany, Italy, Spain, France and the United Kingdom, and hosts Portugal.

Host Portugal also automatically qualified.

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

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