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Eurovision 2016: Watch the 42 entries for the song contest

Who will win? Who will score nul points? How suggestive will the innuendos be? As the Eurovision kicks off, Keeley Bolger brings us up to speed

Published 14/05/2016

Joe and Jake fly the flag
Joe and Jake fly the flag

It's a good job the Eurovision Song Contest has more to offer the UK than just a ranking on the scoreboard. Old-timers, newcomers, boybands, novelty acts and Eighties legends have all gone home empty-handed over the last decade.

Indeed, our best place in recent years came courtesy of Blue, who limped in at 11th place in 2011.

Engelbert Humperdinck barely nudged into the double figures in 2012, Bonnie Tyler was totally eclipsed by the other entrants in 2013, and last year's vocal duo, Electro Velvet, finished 24th (though that's not as bad as Jemini, who netted the worst ever result for a UK act - last place - back in 2003).

But is a disappointing decade enough to dampen our singing spirits? Of course not.

The Eurovision, with its commentary, costumes and clashes, is greater than the sum of its parts, or indeed our lack of "douze points". And tonight Joe and Jake, two former contestants on The Voice, are in Stockholm to represent us.

To whet your appetite, here's our guide to what's in store ...

STOCKHOLM SYNDROME

This year's show will be broadcast live from Stockholm, Sweden, following singer Mans Zelmerlow's victory in Vienna last year, with his song Heroes.

As one of the 'big five' - countries who've made the biggest financial contribution,along with Spain, Germany, France and Italy - the UK doesn't have to qualify in the semi-finals and instead gains automatic entry. Tonight, 42 acts will compete in front of an expected 180 million viewers. No pressure, then.

ON POINT

Ira Losco representing Malta performs the song ÒWalk On WaterÒ during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Ira Losco representing Malta performs the song ÒWalk On WaterÒ during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
US pop superstar Justin Timberlake during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. AFP/Getty Images
A Eurovision Song Contest fan is pictured during the dress rehearsal of 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm,on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Barei representing Spain performs the song "Say Say!" during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Frans representing Sweden performs the song 'If I Were Sorry' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
US pop superstar Justin Timberlake and the host Mans Zelmerlow during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
US pop superstar Justin Timberlake and the host Mans Zelmerlow during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
File photo dated 08/05/16 of Graham Norton, who said he will have Sir Terry Wogan's voice in his head as he guides the UK's viewers through the Eurovision Song Contest grand final. PA
Eurovision hosts Mans Zelmerlow and Petra Mede perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Friday, May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Eurovision hosts Mans Zelmerlow and Petra Mede perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Friday, May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Eurovision hosts Mans Zelmerlow and Petra Mede perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Friday, May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
US pop superstar Justin Timberlake during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
US pop superstar Justin Timberlake preforms his new singel "Can't Stop The Feeling!" during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
US pop superstar Justin Timberlake and the host Mans Zelmerlow during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
US pop superstar Justin Timberlake preforms his new singel "Can't Stop The Feeling!" during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
US pop superstar Justin Timberlake preforms his new singel "Can't Stop The Feeling!" during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
US pop superstar Justin Timberlake preforms his new singel "Can't Stop The Feeling!" during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
US pop superstar Justin Timberlake preforms his new singel "Can't Stop The Feeling!" during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
US pop superstar Justin Timberlake preforms his new singel "Can't Stop The Feeling!" during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jonathan NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
US pop superstar Justin Timberlake preforms his new singel "Can't Stop The Feeling!" during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jonathan NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
US pop superstar Justin Timberlake preforms his new singel "Can't Stop The Feeling!" during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jonathan NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
US pop superstar Justin Timberlake preforms his new singel "Can't Stop The Feeling!" during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jonathan NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Amir representing France performs the song "I looked for" ("J'ai cherche") during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Amir representing France performs the song "I looked for" ("J'ai cherche") during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Amir representing France performs the song "I looked for" ("J'ai cherche") during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
US artist Justin Timberlake performs after the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016 / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
US artist Justin Timberlake performs after the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016 / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
US artist Justin Timberlake performs after the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016 / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
US artist Justin Timberlake performs after the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016 / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
US artist Justin Timberlake performs after the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016 / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
US artist Justin Timberlake performs after the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016 / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
US artist Justin Timberlake performs after the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016 / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
US artist Justin Timberlake performs after the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016 / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
US artist Justin Timberlake performs after the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016 / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
US artist Justin Timberlake performs after the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016 / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
US artist Justin Timberlake performs after the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016 / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
US artist Justin Timberlake performs after the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016 / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
US artist Justin Timberlake performs after the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016 / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Iveta Mukuchyan representing Armenia performs during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Iveta Mukuchyan representing Armenia performs during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitaz representing Georgia perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Iveta Mukuchyan representing Armenia performs during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Joe and Jake representing United Kingdom perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Joe and Jake representing United Kingdom perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Joe and Jake representing United Kingdom perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Jamala representing Ukraine perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Jamala representing Ukraine perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Nina Kraljic representing Croatia perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Nina Kraljic representing Croatia perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Donny Montell representing Lithuania perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Donny Montell representing Lithuania perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Sergey Lazarev representing Russia perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Sergey Lazarev representing Russia perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Sergey Lazarev representing Russia perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Sergey Lazarev representing Russia perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Ira Losco representing Malta perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Ira Losco representing Malta perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Ira Losco representing Malta perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitaz representing Georgia perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Sanja Vucic ZAA representing Serbia perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitaz representing Georgia perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Sanja Vucic ZAA representing Serbia perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Sanja Vucic ZAA representing Serbia perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Minus One representing Cyprus perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Minus One representing Cyprus perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Minus One representing Cyprus perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Justs representing Lattvia perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Justs representing Lattvia perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Barei representing Spain perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Barei representing Spain perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Barei representing Spain perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
ZOË representing Austria performs during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
ZOË representing Austria performs during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Dami Im representing Australia perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
ZOË representing Austria performs during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Dami Im representing Australia perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Dami Im representing Australia perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
Michal Szpak representing Poland perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
US pop superstar Justin Timberlake preforms his new singel "Can't Stop The Feeling!" during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Michal Szpak representing Poland perform during the second dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / TT NEWS AGENCY AND TT News Agency / Maja Suslin/TT / Sweden OUTMAJA SUSLIN/TT/AFP/Getty Images
US pop superstar Justin Timberlake preforms his new singel "Can't Stop The Feeling!" during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Joe and Jake of the United Kingdom perform during the first dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Friday, May 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Zoe of Austria performs during the first dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Friday, May 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Michal Szpak of Poland performs during the first dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Friday, May 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Ira Losco of Malta performs during the first dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Friday, May 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Nina Kraljic of Croatia performs during the first dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Friday, May 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Justs of Latvia performs during the first dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Friday, May 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Jamala of Ukraine performs during the first dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Friday, May 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Joe and Jake of the United Kingdom perform during the first dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Friday, May 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Joe and Jake of the United Kingdom perform during the first dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Friday, May 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Niko Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitaz representing Georgia performs the song ÒMidnight GoldÓ during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Joe and Jake of the United Kingdom perform during the first dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest final in Stockholm, Sweden, Friday, May 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Barei representing Spain performs the song 'Say Say!' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Barei representing Spain performs the song 'Say Say!' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Zaa Sanja Vucic representing Serbia performs the song 'Goodbye (Shelter)' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Nina Kraljic representing Croatia performs the song 'Lighthouse' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Sergey Lazarev representing Russia performs the song 'You Are The Only One' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Sergey Lazarev representing Russia performs the song 'You Are The Only One' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Sergey Lazarev representing Russia performs the song 'You Are The Only One' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Sergey Lazarev representing Russia performs the song 'You Are The Only One' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Justs representing Latvia performs the song 'Heartbeat' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Jamala representing Ukraine performs the song '1944' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Jamala representing Ukraine performs the song '1944' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Jamala representing Ukraine performs the song '1944' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Zoe representing Austria performs the song 'Loin D'ici' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Zoe representing Austria performs the song 'Loin D'ici' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Joe and Jake representing United Kingdom perform the song 'You're Not Alone' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Ira Losco representing Malta performs the song ÒWalk On WaterÒ during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Iveta Mukuchyan representing Armenia performs the song ÒLovewaveÓ during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Iveta Mukuchyan representing Armenia performs the song ÒLovewaveÓ during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Donny Montell representing Lithuania performs the song 'I've Been Waiting For This Night' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Joe and Jake representing United Kingdom performs the song 'You're Not Alone' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Minus One representing Cyprus performs the song ÒAlter EgoÓ during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Donny Montell representing Lithuania performs the song 'I've Been Waiting For This Night' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Dami Im representing Australia performs the song ÒSound Of SilenceÒ during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Zaa Sanja Vucic representing Serbia performs the song ÒGoodbye (Shelter)Ó during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Amir representing France performs the song 'J'ai Cherche' attends a press conference after the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Amir representing France performs the song 'J'ai Cherche' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Amir representing France performs the song 'J'ai Cherche' attends a press conference after the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Michal Szpak representing Poland performs the song ÒColour Of Your LifeÓ during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Poli Genova representing Bulgaria performs the song ÒIf Love Was A CrimeÓ during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Amir representing France performs the song 'JÕai Cherche' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Frans representing Sweden performs the song ÒIf I Were SorryÒ during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Amir representing France performs the song ÒJÕai ChercheÓ during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Francesca Michielin representing Italy performs the song ÒNo Degree Of SeparationÒ during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Frans representing Sweden performs the song ÒIf I Were SorryÒ during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Francesca Michielin representing Italy performs the song ÒNo Degree Of SeparationÒ during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Hovi Star representing Israel performs the song 'Made Of Stars' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Hovi Star representing Israel performs the song 'Made Of Stars' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Jamie-Lee representing Germany performs the song 'Ghost' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Poli Genova representing Bulgaria performs the song ÒIf Love Was A CrimeÓ during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Jamie-Lee representing Germany performs the song 'Ghost' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Dami Im representing Australia performs the song 'Sound Of Silence' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Freddie representing Hungary performs the song 'Pioneer' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Dami Im representing Australia performs the song 'Sound Of Silence' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Samra representing Azerbaijan performs the song ÒMiracleÓ during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Freddie representing Hungary performs the song 'Pioneer' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Samra representing Azerbaijan performs the song 'Miracle' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Douwe Bob representing the Netherlands performs the song 'Slow Down' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Gabriela Guncikova representing Czech Republic performs the song ÒI StandÒ during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Douwe Bob representing the Netherlands performs the song ÒSlow DownÒ during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Gabriela Guncikova representing Czech Republic performs the song ÒI StandÒ during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Laura Tesoro representing Belgium performs the song 'What's The Pressure' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Laura Tesoro representing Belgium performs the song 'What's The Pressure' during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
The hosts Petra Mede and Mans Zelmerlow during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
The hosts Petra Mede and Mans Zelmerlow during the dress rehearsal for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Zaa Sanja Vucic representing Serbia performs the song "Goodbye (Shelter)" during the 2nd semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Zaa Sanja Vucic representing Serbia performs the song "Goodbye (Shelter)" during the 2nd semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 12, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JONATHAN NACKSTRANDJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images
Denmark's Lighthouse X perform the song 'Soldiers Of Love' during the second Eurovision Song Contest semifinal in Stockholm, Sweden, Thursday, May 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Lithuania's Donny Montell performs the song 'I've Been Waiting for This Night' during the second Eurovision Song Contest semifinal in Stockholm, Sweden, Thursday, May 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Norway's Agnete performs the song 'Icebreaker' during the second Eurovision Song Contest semifinal in Stockholm, Sweden, Thursday, May 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Australia's Dami Im performs the song 'Sound Of Silence' during the second Eurovision Song Contest semifinal in Stockholm, Sweden, Thursday, May 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

This year sees the first major shake-up to the voting system since 1975, in an attempt to crack down on block voting.

In the past, votes from each country's official jury and the public were combined and announced in one go.

This time, the vote will be split, with the results from the official juries cast first, and then the public vote from all countries - via phone, SMS, or the official app - combined and announced at the end.

Hosts Petra Mede and Zelmerlow will reel off the results, starting with the country receiving the fewest points from the public, and climaxing with the country who received the highest number of points.

TAKE A CHANCE

Fans of The Voice may recognise UK hopefuls Joe and Jake. Joe Woolford (21), from Ruthin in Wales and Jake Shakeshaft (20), from Stoke-on-Trent, were competitors on the BBC One series last year. They bonded and decided to join forces. The duo won the public vote on the televised Eurovision: You Decide showdown earlier this year, with their song You're Not Alone. Scott Mills, who presented the semi-finals alongside The Great British Bake Off's Mel Giedroyc, thinks the lads stand a good chance.

"You're Not Alone has what a lot of other countries bring to the Eurovision - it's an out-and-out pop song, which is a tick from me," he says. "We also are sending two contestants from a reality show. The thing is with reality shows, you do have to be able to perform and sing live. They've been through that."

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

So far, the favourite to win is Russian former boyband member Sergey Lazarev, who will be performing You Are the Only One. Hot on his heels is French singer-songwriter Amir Haddad with J'ai Cherche. Meanwhile, the bookies have offered odds of 25/1 for Joe and Jake to scoop the prize.

EUROPEAN UNITY

In light of the ongoing refugee crisis, the theme of this year's contest is Come Together, with a special dance sequence planned to highlight the plight of those who've had to flee their homes due to conflict.

HOST WITH THE MOST

Graham Norton has been on commentary duties since the late Sir Terry Wogan bowed out in 2008. As this is the first Eurovision since Wogan's death earlier this year, Norton admits it's going to be melancholy.

"This year will be bittersweet because we will all be thinking of Terry," he says. "I'm sure I will say a few words about him as the night goes on, as it is a night that will forever be associated with Terry Wogan."

ON CLOUD NINE

Although Norton has made the commentary very much his own, there is one Eurovision tradition he will be carrying out in Wogan's honour.

"Song number nine is famous because Sir Terry always warned me not to have anything to drink until that point," explains Norton (53). "At song number nine this year, Sweden will be performing, and I will be encouraging everyone to raise a glass. Swedish people in the arena will be cheering their song in the stadium as everyone in the UK will join me and 'cheers' the memory and legacy of Sir Terry Wogan!"

Watch the 42 entries

Reviews by Jess Denham

There are 42 countries competing for a place in the final and a shot at the trophy this year, so here’s our quick run-down of all the tracks, complete withand gave our brief verdicts so that all voters can make informed choices on the big night:

“Sing It Away” by Sandhja for Finland


Think the Finnish version of Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off”, only with singing, not shaking. It’s good, but Taylor arguably did the whole ‘Take that haterz’ thing better.

“J’ai Cherche” by Amir for France


This one’s another upbeat number, sung in both English and French. Coming to a European club near you.

“Say Yay!” by Barei for Spain


Glittery leggings are the order of the day for this cheery, motivational track from Barei about finding the strength to fulfil your dreams. Hard not to enjoy.

“What’s the Pressure” by Laura Tesoro for Belgium


More glitter and some decidedly dodgy dance moves from Belgian singer Laura. It’s another happy one, but verging into classic Eurovision cheese territory.

“If Love Was a Crime” by Poli Geneva for Bulgaria


Something a little more sultry from Poli, with more edge than some of the other, more generic dance songs this year. One to watch out for.

“Walk on Water” by Ira Losco for Malta


Songstress Ira is up against some tough competition from other female vocalists. This is sadly nothing spectacular, despite her great singing voice, and will likely be quickly forgotten.

“Sound of Silence” by Dami Im for Australia


That’s right, Australia is back in Eurovision for a second year running despite being halfway across the world from Europe. This time, they’re backing a power ballad with a dance beat. Expect some half-naked male dancers, judging by the video.

“Miracle” by Samra for Azerbaijan


This really is the year of the ladies. Sara has a gritty voice and stunning look to match, but her song is cliched and, like Malta’s entry, possibly not individual enough to stand out.

“LoveWave” by Iveta Mukuchyan for Armenia


Iveta has definitely gone for the modern, cool vibe on this genre-mixing song, but it lacks the catchiness that Eurovision voters often love so. The high-pitched vocals occasionally grate, too.

“You Are The Only One” by Sergey Lazarev for Russia


Sergey is already a hotly-tipped favourite and with this rousing, dramatic track it’s easy to see why. It’s classic Eurovision and surely worth an each-way bet.

“1944” by Jamala for Ukraine


This one’s apparently about the mass deportation of Tatars under Stalin. Safe to say, it’s a moodier, more haunting number than many of the entries, but might well prove too arty for Eurovision voters.

“Goodbye (Shelter)” by ZAA Sanja Vucic for Serbia


Someone’s been taking style tips from a certain Amy Winehouse. Sanja will surely given a fierce, impassioned performance but the song itself is average at best.

“Lighthouse” by Nina Kraljic for Croatia


Pretty vocals, but there is absolutely nothing new here.

“Pioneer” by Freddie for Hungary


Freddie’s raspy vocals and good looks will surely prove popular, while pounding drums help add depth to an otherwise pretty boring song.

“I’ve Been Waiting For This Night” by Donny Montell for Lithuania


One Direction fans will likely fall for Donny and this soppy pop track about a girl’s smile lighting up his life etc. The rest of us, won’t.

“Sunlight” by Nicky Byrne for Ireland


It’s that bloke from Westlife! Nicky! Nicky from Westlife! He’s actually got a strong chance with this one - the lyrics are easy to sing along to and the chorus is as catchy as they come.

“Made of Stars” by Hovi Star for Israel


Eurovision’s emo entry will get the Stockholm crowd’s lighters waving. It could do well, too, as the contest does love a good weepy.

“Ghost” by Jamie-Lee for Germany


Expect eccentric costumes and stage design from Jamie-Lee, but this is a singing contest, and her vocals will need to be stronger if she’s to take home that coveted Eurovision trophy.

“Loin D’Ici” by ZOE for Austria


ZOE is singing in French and could do surprisingly well with this joyful, summery little song.

“You’re Not Alone” by Joe and Jake for United Kingdom


Our Brit boys seem set to do better than Electro Velvet’s dire result last year, but this song seriously lacks the ‘X’ factor.

“Soldiers of Love” by Lighthouse X for Denmark


Is that… a Danish Justin Timberlake? These three lads are almost guaranteed a place in the final with this poppy cheesefest. More vintage Eurovision coming right up.

“Hear Them Calling” by Greta Salome for Iceland


Greta’s dynamic entry is one of the best from the female singers this year, but whether it can beat Russia’s Sergey remains unlikely.

“No Degree of Separation” by Francesca Michielin for Italy


Francesca’s Italian singing is glorious, while the track itself is really quite beautiful. This one’s getting a lot of love on YouTube, so expect it to make the top five. One of my favourites.

Color of Your Life” by Michal Szpak for Poland


Some soul-searching here for Michal, another theme that Eurovision voters really go in for. His vocals are powerful and intense, and he’ll likely give a memorable performance to boot.

“I Stand” by Gabriela Guncikova for Czech Republic


Unfortunately for the solo female vocalists, there are simply too many of them this year to make an impact. It’s hard to see this song going far.

“Slow Down” by Douwe Bob for The Netherlands


The Netherlands have gone for the chilled-out country vibe this year, which may be a clever decision given the bland pop of much of the competition.

“Heartbeat” by Justs for Latvia


Justs’ minimalist electro-pop is at least a bit more unique and, if staged well, could deliver an impressive result for Latvia. There’s a really great beat to this one.

“Blue and Red” by ManuElla for Slovenia


There’s a country twang to this pop song - it’s inoffensive and fun, but not going to set the world on fire anytime soon.

“Falling Stars” by Lidia Isac for Moldova


More dancey stuff from Lidia and again, it’s just not blowing us away.

“Ljubav Je” by Dalal & Deen ft. Ana Rucner and Jala for Bosnia & Herzogovina


There’s some spectacular cello action here but a big question mark hangs over whether it works with the over-egged singing and rap interlude…

“Icebreaker” by Agnete for Norway


Sorry Agnete, but this is just more of the same and we’re really getting bored now.

“Play” by Juri Pootsmann for Estonia


Just a bit creepy, really.

“Help You Fly” by IVAN for Belarus


It’s Ivan! The one who wants to perform naked with lives wolves but clearly won’t be allowed to! His song is terrible!

“I Didn’t Know” by Serhat for San Marino


Easily the worst entry this year. Truly dreadful and also borderline traumatising.

“The Last of Our Kind” by Rykka for Switzerland


Rita Ora has a secret twin sister everybody, and she’s arguably a better singer.

“Fairytale” by Eneda Tarifa for Albania


This is another over-the-top bid for the top spot, but it’s not going to get there.

“If I Were Sorry” by Frans for Sweden


Frans gets a fast pass to the final as Stockholm hosts this year’s Eurovision. This is another strong entry for Sweden, with a Milky Chance edge to Frans’ distinctive vocals.

“Midnight Gold” by Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitaz for Georgia


There’s a slightly heavier one from Georgia this year, featuring some exciting intstrumentals. It’s all a bit too manic though, and probably won’t score a top ten place.

“Utopian Land” by ARGO for Greece


Musically interesting, but not a contender for the title.

“Dona” by Kaliopi for FYR Macedonia


Some great string work on this song, but it’s all too flamboyant without a pumping chorus to back it up.

“The Real Thing” by Highway for Montenegro


Let’s not forget that Lordi’s “Hard Rock Hallelujah” won the 2006 contest. Heavier tracks do have a place at Eurovision and Montenegro’s entry certainly has punch.

“Alter Ego” by Minus One for Cyprus


 

  • The Eurovision Song Contest, BBC One, tonight, 8pm

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