Five things you need to know about The Eurovision Song Contest

Here's the lowdown on the biggest event in the Euro-pop calendar

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It’s going to be a vintage year for Eurovision

Hello, bonjour, hola and hej! This year’s Eurovision Song Contest final is in Copenhagen on May 10, and it’s set to have it all: broken English, shamelessly political voting, 
super-trashy dance-pop, absurdly glitzy costumes, inappropriate dance routines and acts with names like Pollapönk (‘Iceland’s only kid-appropriate punk band’, pictured above). Sounds great, right? Shame you won’t be there.

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You can’t go to the final

As usual, tickets ran out months ago. However, if you want to see the stars of Eurovision up close and personal, you’re in luck…

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Some of the contestants are performing in London this week

Every April the London Eurovision Party books a handful of singers from the upcoming contest. Last year it hosted Emmelie de Forest, who went on to win Eurovision 2013 with her song ‘Only Teardrops’, and this time the organisers have got the bookies’ favourite again. Armenia’s Aram MP3, tipped for triumph in Copenhagen, will perform in the West End alongside Polish rap duo Donatan & Cleo, Austrian drag artist Conchita Wurst (pictured) and acts from Malta, Macedonia, Montenegro and more. There’s even a scheduled performance by the British entry for 2014, one Molly Smitten-Downes.

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The UK song is well boring

Molly’s ditty ‘Children of the Universe’ is a nice-but-dim bit of earnest, cod-epic pop: think Florence And The Machine without the lung capacity. Sadly, we can’t see it going far in Copenhagen. It’s true that weirder things have happened at Eurovision, but if Molly (pictured) brings the contest to the UK next year we’ll eat our plastic Union Jack bowler hat.

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Instead, we’re rooting for Spain

Our fave, Ruth Lorenzo (pictured), lost out to JLS and Alexandra Burke on the 2008 UK series of ‘The X Factor’, but could do much better as Spain’s Eurovision entry. She’s belting out a roof-raising Anglo-Hispanic ballad called ‘Dancing in the Rain’ – and you can hear the song (and see the steely Euro-diva glint in her eye) up close this weekend, because she’s also playing the London Eurovision Party. Douze points!


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