MELOVIN will perform first at the Eurovision song contest 2018

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The Eurovision Song Contest 2018 is being held in Lisbon and will be shown on the BBC and across the world.

The bookmakers' favorites this year are: Israel's Netta Barzilai, with her playful song "Toy"; Cypriot singer Eleni Foureira, with her fiery performance of "Fuego"; and France's Madame Monsieur with the politically charged "Mercy", about migrants who risk their lives crossing the Mediterranean on unsafe boats hoping for a better life in Europe. In the second semifinal of the competition, he took the stage last, at number 18, and the finals will be the first with the incendiary room.

Cyprus are the bookmakers' favourites to win Eurovision 2018.

Foreign viewers already have a nickname for artist: they call MELOVIN "singing Dracula".

Noway's Alexander Rybak is a previous Eurovision victor, but he seems unlikely to make it to the top a second time with his offering this year, That's How You Write A Song.

Today, it has a combined global audience of around 200 million and has launched the careers of a few of its winners, most notably ABBA and Celine Dion.

Graham Norton will present live coverage of this year's final from Lisbon, Portugal, on BBC One from 8pm.

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The European Broadcast Union has barred a Chinese video service, Mango TV, from airing the event after it edited out a romantic dance sequence by two men from Ireland's entry in the first semi-final on Tuesday, and blurred out rainbow flags in the audience.

Russian Federation failed to qualify for the final which came as a shock after last year's ban by Ukraine.

No country can vote for its own contestant.

"I think it is very cheerful, it is more about this than the songs".

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.

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.

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