Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

Fado music takes centre stage at Eurovision Song Contest

Fado music takes centre stage at Eurovision Song Contest

The 29-year-old classically trained musician, whose real name is Susanna Marie Cork, is representing Britain with an anthemic song called Storm.

Cyprus' Eleni Foureira, who is a huge star in Greece, is tipped by bookmakers as the favourite to win with her fiery number "Fuego" that features a heavily choreographed routine. His performance featured a flaming staircase leading up to a piano, touches he said were inspired by the song's lyrics: "Nothing but your will sets you on fire, and fire lasts forever".

Some Eurovision fans have taken to Twitter to call for Sobral to be jeered after he called Israel's entry this year "a frightful song" in an interview published Wednesday Portuguese daily Publico.

Ireland made it to Saturday's final.

She is one of 26 acts taking part in the final, which is taking place in Lisbon and also includes a heavy metal band, opera singers, a singing violinist and some miniature dancing robots.

SuRie chose not to perform for a second time after the incident.

Lights, music, action! Europe's annual music extravaganza is about to begin, with many people expecting a vintage year.

As of now, it is unclear whether the United Kingdom will be able to perform their entry for a second time.

The hugely popular global event is organized by the European Broadcasting Union, an alliance of public service broadcasters.

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. Portugal won a year ago with Salvador Sobral's subdued ballad "Amar pelos Dois".

And the contest's organisers have barred China from showing the final, after one of its TV stations censored LGBT elements of Tuesday's semi-final. The semi-final results saw some big surprises for people who think it's just politics played out by music.

But Portugal - which hosting this year's event because its entry, Salvador Sobral, won with a restrained solo ballad last year in Ukraine - is putting on a show with stylish, elegant performances by a strong field of competitors.

The annual Euro-pop fest has always been the glittery home of outlandish costumes, high-voltage stage effects, forgettable tunes and kitschy acts like last year's dancing gorilla.

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

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