TThe Eurovision Song Contest Eurovision Song Contest is back with us, but with the grand finale scheduled for three hours and forty minutes non-stop, it is not for the weak. To help you plan your loo breaks and trips to the fridge around the indispensable moments, here's our guide to the weird, the great and the best tips for this year's competition in Tel Aviv, Israel.
San Marino – Serhat, say Na Na Na (as seventh)
Every song festival needs a song to get the party going, and this year comes with thanks to Serhat from San Marino. It's super catchy and cheesier than a parmesan cracker, but it will get you in the mood.
Sweden – John Lundvik, Too Late For Love (ninth)
Sweden has a rich history of Eurovision stoppers, and this piece of perfectly polished doll is no exception. Lundvik also contributed to the British entry this year, although this (unfortunately for us) is considerably better.
The Netherlands – Duncan Laurence, Arcade (12th)
This stripped-down, self-written ballad about lost love is one of the favorites to win and is definitely the moment for goose bumps this year. It is quite gloomy by the Eurovision standards, but spooky beautiful.
Norway – Keiino, Spirit in the Sky (15th)
Mixing a local folk tradition into a pop song is not always a hit at the Eurovision Song Contest, but Norway has done well this year – this uplifting anthem is interrupted by traditional Saami songs called joik.
Iceland – Hatari, Hatrið Mun Sigra (17th)
You might think that a techno BDSM punk merger with an anti-capitalist message has been called in Icelandic is not for you, but you are wrong. Hatari's Hatred Will Prevail is the must-watch of this year's Eurovision Song Contest. Do not miss it.
Italy – Mahmood, Soldi (22nd)
Just like the United Kingdom, Italy is one of the & # 39; big five & # 39; in the Eurovision Song Contest, which means that it automatically qualifies for the grand finale. Usually that is an excuse not to bother, but this year Italy entered with a hypnotic staircase number with Italian and Arabic influences. The coolest song of this year.
Switzerland – Luca Hänni, She Got Me (24th)
Switzerland has a rich history of safe play on the Eurovision stage, and has qualified only four times in the last 15 years for the grand finale. But this is a huge tune and a polished version – the song you'll hear this summer in bars and clubs across Europe.
Australia – Kate Miller-Heidke, Weightlessness
Staging is crucial at the Eurovision Song Contest – using treadmills, glass boxes or a burning piano can give you those critical extra points. This year Australia has raised the bar by raising Kate and her backing dancers on gigantic wobble poles for a pop / opera / EDM performance with a difference.
And finally, don't miss this interval this year – while it may be tempting to take a long break, pop legend Madonna performs live in Tel Aviv. Great Song Contest!