Cyprus and Israel among favourites to win

Charlene Craig
May 13, 2018

The intruder, who was dressed in a black and red bandana and slogan t-shirt, rushed the stage as SuRie was performing her track Storm, shouting "we demand freedom" before he was hauled off by security.

Host of the UK's Eurovision broadcast, Graham Norton, was shocked by the disruption.

Eurovision 2018 is well underway - and it's been a lively competition so far, with the UK's entry having to contend with a rowdy stage invader.

Cyprus is odds-on favourite to win this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal and Betfair are tipping them 5/4.

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"SuRie may be looking to win the UK's first Eurovision crown in 21 years but it would be against all the odds as a 200/1 outsider and the 2/1 favourite to finish last, with a first half draw not helping what has in recent years become a tough night for the United Kingdom".

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

The 25-year-old accompanies the up-tempo song with trills, clucking sounds and chicken-like dance moves. Netta Barzilai, Israel's singer, with the song Toy is on the 2 place (index - 3,75).

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The kitsch is conspicuously absent this year and the usual extravagant stage effects are nowhere to be seen.

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.

But Portugal - which hosting this year's event because its entry, Salvador Sobral, won with a restrained solo ballad last year in Ukraine - is putting on a show with stylish, elegant performances by a strong field of competitors.

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

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