The victor of the Eurovision Song Contest: Icelandair

Few surprises as dark horses gallop to Eurovision Final

Few surprises as dark horses gallop to Eurovision Final

Lucie Jones is prepared to walk on stage in just her trousers to win the "Eurovision Song Contest".

Whilst we're all rooting for Jones, anyone who has Italy in their office sweepstake may want to consider ditching the patriotism is support of the odd's on favourite.

Ireland's Eurovision entry Brendan Murray performed at the semi-final in Ukraine tonight. Russian Federation was originally due to perform in this semi-final but has withdrawn from this year's Song Contest due to a dispute over its singer.

The flair and dramatics are well worth tuning in for, and Eurovision is our glittery oasis in a sea of exam stress and anxiety.The Eurovision 2017 Final starts at 8pm on Saturday 13th May, and will air on BBC One.

Portugal and Bulgaria's entries are also both considered strong contenders; Portugal's Salvador Sobral, in particular, generates a massive reaction from the audience inside Kyiv's International Exhibition Centre. His performance features insane lightning style effects and a big screen.

With just hours to go until the Eurovision Song Contest gets under way, here is what you need to know.

In February Timebelle won the Swiss public vote to sing their English-language song Apollo in Kiev, Ukraine, at this year's contest.

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The six-decade old song competition has served as the launchpad for a string of high-profile artists, notably ABBA, who won in 1974 with Waterloo, Celine Dion, who won with Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi in 1988 and Brotherhood of Man, who won in 1976 with Save All Your Kisses For Me. As a outcome it is necessary to geoblock the live streams of the shows in these territories.

This year, Eurovision will be presented by a trio of male hosts - Oleksandr Skichko, Volodymyr Ostapchuk and Timur Miroshnychenko - who are well-known to TV viewers in Ukraine. Were there any surprises, or did you guess them right?

The haunting theme nabbed douze points across Europe and beyond, beating Australia and Russian Federation at the final hurdle.

Despite a spirited performance, Joe & Jake only managed to finish in 24th place with You're Not Alone.

Why does the UK NEVER win Eurovision?

The rocker has admitted he would love to help the United Kingdom out in the Song Contest, and help us to secure our first win in 20 years.