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Eurovision 2016 – What to Expect

It’s here! It’s finally here! The most important night of the year (maybe) and the most entertaining (certainly). It’s EUROVISION TIME EVERYBODY! Before we go an further – have you worked out who’s in your Top 10?  Ok, good. An now without further ado, here’s what top expect from tonight’s Grand Final.

The Contenders

Will Russia go all the way? Credits: Andres Putting (EBU)
Will Russia go all the way? Credits: Andres Putting (EBU)

Russia have consistently been in poll position with the bookies but second place has been claimed by Sweden, France, Australia and Ukraine over the last month, all of whom now round out the Top 5. Previous Bookies-Favourites have dropped significantly since the semis but a fan favourite like Austria or Bulgaria could still make a ploy for the top ranks.

The Props

Hovi Star and the cyr wheel Credits: Anna Velikova (EBU)
Hovi Star and the cyr wheel Credits: Anna Velikova (EBU)

Beside a BYOS (Bring Your Own Screen) policy for Russia, Sweden and Australia, a lot of the good props got eliminated in the semifinals. Israel will still have a Cyr wheel (Giant hoop) and a few acts (Armenia and Georgia) have some interesting TV effects but most of the staging will rely on some (particularly impressive) lighting and backing screens.

The Outfits

Outfit number 2 for Croatia. Credits: Andres Putting (EBU)
Outfit number 2 for Croatia. Credits: Andres Putting (EBU)

Two contenders are up for the Barbara Dex Award; Croatia manages to double up on bad outfits with a mid-show reveal, whereas Bulgaria’s LED Gladiator costume hasn’t won many fans. Poland are being represented by a gentleman dressed as a Toy soldier, and Israel will be wearing a much better, black version of the same outfit for comparison. Germany have gone totally J-Pop in a light blue Lolita-esque ensemble and Armenia will be returning in her Swimsuit/cape combo.

The Gimmicks

Will he manage to work the silence tonight? Credits: Thomas Hanses (EBU)
Will he manage to work the silence tonight? Credits: Thomas Hanses (EBU)

Despite being completely against the spirit of Eurovision, The Netherlands will be forcing us all to Slow Down with an actual 10 seconds of SILENCE mid-song. Hungary are relying on a Kung Fu monk to do the percussion whilst the UK have simply doubled up and will bring two (regular) drummers on stage with them. Not really gimmicks as such, Ukraine and Serbia are the songs with a ‘message’ this year (with Ukraine’s much more likely to upset Russia than anybody else) and Malta’s Ira Losco announced she was pregnant last weekend. Aww.

The Vocals

Poland's Michał Szpak Credits: Thomas Hanses (EBU)
Poland’s Michał Szpak Credits: Thomas Hanses (EBU)

Most people managed to pull it together in the semifinals but as with any live performance things could go wrong. Poland has been known to run out of steam before the end and Poli Genova’s dancing for Bulgaria occasionally leaves her slightly out of breath for the singing. Azerbaijan have had some mixed performances, especially with the backing singers and any of the other contenders could easily succumb to nerves in front of such a large audience.

The Names

Donny Montell says he came back to win. Will he do it for Lithuania?  Credits: Andres Putting (EBU)
Donny Montell says he came back to win. Will he do it for Lithuania? Credits: Andres Putting (EBU)

A couple of the names will cause problems for the monolingual English speakers but nothing that can’t be overcome by mumbling them slightly or doing your research. Malta and Lithuania are sending artists who competed before (2002 and 2012 respectively) while the Latvian entry is written by last year’s Aminata.

The Show

Our beloved hosts. Credits: Anna Velikova (EBU)
Our beloved hosts. Credits: Anna Velikova (EBU)

Justin Timberlake was announced as the interval act last week and will perform ‘Rock Your Body’ and his new single ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ at some point between the contestant songs finishing and the results coming in. Last year’s winner Måns Zelmerlöw will be hosting with Petra Mede (who hosted Malmö in 2013) and it will be a first outing for the new voting system when the results come in.

 

Of course, the most important thing now is to work out who deserves your vote, so get over to our homepage and find your favourites based on such important criteria as genre, bookies opinion or facial hair!

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