Eurovision Song Contest 2018: running order, favourites and everything else you need to know

26 countries are set to vie for Eurovision glory tonight (pic: Thomas Hanses)
26 countries are set to vie for Eurovision glory tonight (pic: Thomas Hanses)
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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.

WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH

SuRie will represent the UK at Eurovision 2018, performing Storm (pic: Leigh Kelly)

SuRie will represent the UK at Eurovision 2018, performing Storm (pic: Leigh Kelly)

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

Coverage is scheduled to last for three hours and 35 minutes, with 26 countries vying for glory.

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Ken Bruce will present BBC Radio 2's coverage, while former Bake Off host Mel Giedroyc will deliver the result of the UK vote live from London.

WHO ARE THE FAVOURITES?

Cyprus are the bookmakers' favourites to win Eurovision 2018. They are represented by Eleni Foureira, singing Feugo (pic: CYBC/Panik Records)

Cyprus are the bookmakers' favourites to win Eurovision 2018. They are represented by Eleni Foureira, singing Feugo (pic: CYBC/Panik Records)

Cyprus are hot favourites to triumph this year, with bookmakers listing them as short as evens.

Israel could run them close, with odds as low as 5/2 for them to take the honours.

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Ireland (7/1), France (11/1) and Sweden (16/1) complete the list of bookmakers' top five favourites.

WHO IS REPRESENTING THE UK?

Israel - for whom Netta will perform TOY - are second favourites for Eurovision 2018 (pic: Daniel Kaminsky)

Israel - for whom Netta will perform TOY - are second favourites for Eurovision 2018 (pic: Daniel Kaminsky)

Singer-songwriter SuRie is flying the flag for the United Kingdom.

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

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The 29-year-old classically trained musician, whose real name is Susanna Marie Cork, has promised to put on a 'beautiful' performance aided by an array of dazzling stage effects, including a 'light tunnel'.

"It's got a really beautiful concept... a kind of light tunnel that I can move in and out of, supporting the story and enhancing the beats of the song," she said.

Ireland have made the Eurovision finals for the first time since 2013. Ryan O'Shaughnessy, singing Together, is the third favourite with bookmakers (pic: RT/Brigita Stankaityt)

Ireland have made the Eurovision finals for the first time since 2013. Ryan O'Shaughnessy, singing Together, is the third favourite with bookmakers (pic: RT/Brigita Stankaityt)

"It creates a really strong atmosphere on stage, letting the music - the melody and the lyrics - do their thing."

It is 21 years since the UK last won the Eurovision Song Contest and nine years since it finished inside the top 10.

SuRie is a rank outsider to reverse that trend, with odds on a UK victory ranging from 100/1 to 350/1.

CHINA TV BAN AND SHOCK EXIT FOR RUSSIA

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.

Russia will be absent tonight after making a shock exit during Thursday's semi-final. It is the first time the country has failed to make the final since the current system was introduced.

Also missing will be Azerbaijan, who failed to qualify for the first time since their debut in 2008

Ireland, represented by Ryan O'Shaughnessy, are back in the final for the first time since 2013. They will be hoping to add to their record-equalling seven Eurovision wins.

WHAT IS THE RUNNING ORDER?

According to the official Eurovision website, the order is as follows:

01. Ukraine

02. Spain

03. Slovenia

04. Lithuania

05. Austria

06. Estonia

07. Norway

08. Portugal

09. United Kingdom

10. Serbia

11. Germany

12. Albania

13. France

14. Czech Republic

15. Denmark

16. Australia

17. Finland

18. Bulgaria

19. Moldova

20. Sweden

21. Hungary

22. Israel

23. The Netherlands

24. Ireland

25. Cyprus

26. Italy