Eurovision 2018: Crowd loves Australia's Jessica Mauboy, stage invader interrupts Britain

Eurovision 2018: Crowd loves Australia's Jessica Mauboy, stage invader interrupts Britain

Eurovision 2018: Crowd loves Australia's Jessica Mauboy, stage invader interrupts Britain

She was performing her track Storm dressed in a white asymmetric jumpsuit with flashing lights behind her as the audience sang along enthusiastically when an intruder snatched her microphone.

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

Twenty-six nations are vying for the Eurovision 2018 title.

Viewers praised SuRie for her handling of the rattling moment, as security bounded on stage and dragged the man away.

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.

The UK's Eurovision hopeful SuRie was rushed by a stage invader as she performed in the annual song contest.

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.

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Holding Palestinian flags and banners, the protesters were chanting "Free Palestine", "Freedom Now" and "End Occupation" slogans. The upcoming opening was framed as a humanitarian gesture ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which begins next week.

The bookmakers' favorites this year are: Israel's Netta Barzilai, with her playful song "Toy"; Cypriot singer Eleni Foureira, with her fiery performance of "Fuego"; and France's Madame Monsieur with the politically charged "Mercy", about migrants who risk their lives crossing the Mediterranean on unsafe boats hoping for a better life in Europe.

The 25-year-old accompanies the up-tempo song with trills, clucking sounds and chicken-like dance moves.

Coming after last year's much-seen stage invasion, the question has to be asked: How does this keep happening?

Ireland have made the Eurovision finals for the first time since 2013.

Australians can vote along with viewers and professional juries in all 43 participating countries to pick the victor.

No country can vote for its own contestant.

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