Eurovision 2018: Cyprus singer becomes favorite of bookmakers

13 May, 2018, 00:47 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
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The representative of Ukraine at Eurovision-2018 MELOVIN will open the finals, which will be held may 12 in the capital of Portugal, Lissabon.

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.

The event's producer, Christer Bjorkman, assesses each of the annual event's 26 performers, figuring out how to create the best show.

The country which furnishes the victor organizes the following year's competition.

"You want to start with good energy. You want to get the party going".

Portugal is hosting the event for the first time after its entry, jazzy solo ballad "Amar pelos dois" ("Love for two") by Salvador Sobral, won the contest previous year in Ukraine.

The bookmaker's office is taking bets for Ukrainian Melovin with the song Under The Ladder with the index 101, which allows to count only on the 18 place.

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Ukraine has won the competition twice.

One headache for organizers is the turnover time between acts of just 40 seconds.

Coming after last year's much-seen stage invasion, the question has to be asked: How does this keep happening? And it's doing that with a $23.8 million budget that officials say is the most restrained since 2008.

Cash-strapped public broadcaster RTP has vowed to stage a more "theatrical" contest that makes less use of flashy electronic visual effects, following in the footsteps of Sobral who said after his win that "music is not fireworks, music is feeling".

Noway's Alexander Rybak is a previous Eurovision victor, but he seems unlikely to make it to the top a second time with his offering this year, That's How You Write A Song. Two semifinals have cut the overall field from 43 to the 26 who will compete on Saturday night.

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.

After two semi-finals held this week, 20 countries moved to Saturday's final while Britain, Italy, Spain, France and Germany got free passes as they are the biggest contributors to the European Broadcasting Union.

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