Cyprus and Israel among favourites to win

Eurovision 2018

Eurovision 2018

The show will be broadcast on BBC One and hosted by Graham Norton, with the victor expected to be announced at 11.35pm this evening.

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.

But it was a short return: Russia's contestant, Yulia Samoilova, went out in the semifinals, while Ukraine singer Melovin advanced to the grand final.

She will be performing Storm, written by Gil Lewis, Nicole Blair and Sean Hargreaves.

The dress comes to life with lightening displays and laser effects while she sings.

With the finals of this year's Eurovision Song Contest just hours away, here's what you need to know about the weird and wonderful musical celebration.

Australia's Jessica Mauboy during rehearsals ahead of the Eurovision 2018 grand final.

21-year-old MELOVIN represent Ukraine with the song Under The Ladder. Netta Barzilai, Israel's singer, with the song Toy is on the 2 place (index - 3,75).

Today it has a combined global audience of around 200 million people - more than the Super Bowl in the United States - and has served as a global launching pad for the likes of ABBA and Celine Dion.

Ireland have made the Eurovision finals for the first time since 2013.

China have been banned from screening this year's final after one of its TV stations censored LGBT elements of Tuesday's semi-final, including Ireland's song Together, which included two male dancers depicting the end of a relationship.

Sobral will perform his winning song from previous year at the final with Brazilian music icon Caetano Veloso.

Australians can vote along with viewers and professional juries in all 43 participating countries to pick the victor.

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