Eurovision 2018: Cyprus singer becomes favorite of bookmakers

May 13, 2018, 01:46
Eurovision 2018: Cyprus singer becomes favorite of bookmakers

The 25-year-old former singer in the Israeli Navy band accompanies the up-tempo song with trills, clucking sounds and chicken-like dance moves.

This year, the UK's entry, singer SuRie, was mid-song when a man leapt on stage and snatched the microphone out of her hands.

SuRie remained on stage, clapping with the crowd, until she was given another microphone to complete her performance.

Cyprus' Eleni Foureira, who is a huge star in Greece, is tipped by bookmakers as the favourite to win with her fiery number "Fuego" that features a heavily choreographed routine.

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But he's also signaled that the festival is reanalyzing its procedures and making its selection committees gender-balanced. Festival director Thierry Fremaux earlier this week hailed Saturday's event as a way for women "to affirm their presence".

Eurovision was first held in 1956 with the aim of uniting Europe after World War II.

Granted, Ryan O'Shaughnessy might have an evening to forget in Lisbon, but after impressing during the semi-finals, the bookies think that the 22-year wait to win the competition might come to an end.

Britain will be represented SuRie, who will be singing "Storm" to an audience of more than 200 million people worldwide.

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

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No country can vote for its own contestant.

This year's contest will cost around 20 million euros ($24 million) to stage, the lowest amount since 2008 when it started to have two semi-finals.

"Cyprus have overtaken previous favourites Israel, with entrant Netta's unconvincing rehearsals performance of Toy seeing the entry drift before coming back into 3/1 second favouritism thanks to getting a highly advantageous second half slot in the draw".

Host Portugal also automatically qualified.

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

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