MELOVIN will perform first at the Eurovision song contest 2018

A general view of Sao Joao Castle and downtown Lisbon. – AFP

A general view of Sao Joao Castle and downtown Lisbon. – AFP

"It still felt nerve-wracking, but with that kind of crowd, there was just so much love".

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

The intruder, who was dressed in a black and red bandana and slogan t-shirt, rushed the stage as SuRie was performing her track Storm, shouting "we demand freedom" before he was hauled off by security. If that isn't wonderful, I don't know what is.

The singer clapped along until she was given a new microphone.

"We are not sure what is going to happen or whether we will get an opportunity to perform again".

Eurovision 2018 is well underway - and it's been a lively competition so far, with the UK's entry having to contend with a rowdy stage invader.

Cyprus are the bookmakers' favourites to win Eurovision 2018.

21-year-old MELOVIN represent Ukraine with the song Under The Ladder.

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On the second place according to the bookies will be 25-year-old Netta Barzilai from Israel with the song "Toy".

Eurovision was first held in 1956 with the aim of uniting Europe after World War II.

Today, it has a combined global audience of around 200 million and has launched the careers of a few of its winners, most notably ABBA and Celine Dion.

This year's final won't be seen in China though. The Chinese video service had edited out a romantic dance sequence by two men from Ireland's entry in the first semifinal and blurred out rainbow flags in the audience.

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

"It's just harmless fun, it is just a really good atmosphere", said Lee Torrance, a 43-year-old from Worcestershire in the United Kingdom who wore a vest and bowtie with the Union Jack pattern to the final.

The Dubliner is now third favourite to win and he will perform third from last.

Viewers and professional juries in all 43 participating countries will pick the victor, with the tele-voting and juries each counting for 50 percent.

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