Everything you need to know about the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Lucie Jones performing the UK's 2017 Eurovision entry, "Never Give Up on You" on the Graham Norton S

Lucie Jones performing the UK's 2017 Eurovision entry, "Never Give Up on You" on the Graham Norton Show. Photo: PA Images on behalf of So TV. - Credit: PA

The grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 kicks off in Kiev this weekend - here's everything you need to know about the musical extravaganza.

When can you watch it?

Taking place on Saturday, May 13, the competition will air in the UK from 8pm onwards on BBC One with commentary from popular television presenter, Graham Norton.

If you prefer to watch online, the show will also be streamed over YouTube.

You can watch the action unfold here.


Who is representing the UK?

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Former X Factor contestant Lucie Jones will be representing the UK this year, performing a song called Never Give Up On You.

The 25-year-old made it through to the X Factor live shows as part of Danii Minogue's girls team in 2009, after wowing judges with a rendition of Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You.

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Following her time on the ITV talent show, the singer signed to Select Model Management before making a deal with Sony and beginning work on an album.

Musical Theatre then became her focus, as she took on starring roles in shows such as American Psycho, Legally Blonde and Ghost The Musical.

Who's going to win?

Italy is being tipped as the favourite to win, with Portugal following close behind in second.

Lucie Jones is predicted to take sixth place for the UK, which would see a vast improvement on last year, when Joe and Jake's You're Not Alone finished 24th.


Current odds for the UK to win from bookmakers William Hill are 20/1.

Did you know?

• The Eurovision Song Contest began in 1956, when just seven countries participated and each performed two songs. Following the break-up of the Soviet Union, more countries decided to join in the 1990s. Today there can be as many as 43 countries involved.

• Nearly 1,500 songs have taken part in the competition thus far. After this year's contest, a total of 1,479 songs will have been performed.

• The UK is part of Eurovision's Big Five, who automatically qualify for a place in the grand final as their broadcasters provide the most support and funding throughout the competition. The other four include Germany, Italy, Spain and France.

• Winning the Eurovision song contest provides a short-term boost to the winning artists' career, but very rarely results in lasting success. Notable exceptions to this include ABBA, who won for Sweden in 1974, Bucks Fizz who won for the UK in 1981 and Céline Dion, Switzerland's winner of 1988.

• Ireland currently hold the record for winning Eurovision the most times, finishing first on seven occasions. Ireland also won three years in a row back in 1992, 1993 and 1994. Thanks to their impressive scoresheet, the country has also hosted the contest more than any other (six times).

• Shockingly the UK gave ABBA no points for their performance of Waterloo at the contest in 1974. Despite this, the song went on to reach No.1 in the UK charts.

Full running order of the Grand Final 2017:

1. Israel

2. Poland

3. Belarus

4. Austria

5. Armenia

6. The Netherlands

7. Moldova

8. Hungary

9. Italy

10. Denmark

11. Portugal

12. Azerbaijan

13. Croatia

14. Australia

15. Greece

16. Spain

17. Norway

18. United Kingdom

19. Cyprus

20. Romania

21. Germany

22. Ukraine

23. Belgium

24. Sweden

25. Bulgaria

26. France

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