Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

MELOVIN will perform first at the Eurovision song contest 2018

MELOVIN will perform first at the Eurovision song contest 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.

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.

The dress comes to life with lightening displays and laser effects while she sings.

Lisbon is hosting the final of the Eurovision Song Contest, the annual europop song fest that draws tens of millions of viewers from around the globe.

That means the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest is heading to what many predict will be an exceptional year.

The show, watched by millions around the world, got underway at the riverside Altice Arena with performances by Portuguese fado stars Ana Moura and Mariza, a willowy singer with bleached blonde hair.

Cyprus are the bookmakers' favourites to win Eurovision 2018.

The favorite of the bookmakers after the first semi-final was the 31-year-old Greek pop singer of Albanian origin, Eleni, Purara, the representative of Cyprus, with the song "Fuego".

Vying for first place is Israel's Netta Barzilai's "Toy", whose lyrics "I am not your toy" sum up the concerns of many women who have adopted the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.

Ireland made it to Saturday's final.

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.

No country can vote for its own contestant.

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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