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UK Eurovision fans pin hopes on Lucie Jones

Germany Italy Spain UK Ukraine and France all automatically qualify for this year's contest Germany Italy Spain UK Ukraine and France all automatically qualify for this year's contest
Frank Williams | 14 May, 2017, 14:08

Ukraine has won the competition twice, including previous year with a song about the mass deportation of Tatars from Crimea by Josef Stalin, and its winners will perform on Saturday. The song, Occidentali's Karma, is expected to make waves in the Eurovision contest and as Francesco himself performed, composed, and wrote the song with the help of Fabio Ilacqua, Luca Chiaravalli, and Filippo Gabbani, it's expected to do the job over the other contestants. The victor from the previous year hosts the next year's contest, and last year Ukraine's contestant Jamala won with her song "1944".

It's that time of year again: The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is closing out tomorrow with its grand final and the queer-friendly event will be broadcast live around the world.

The competition will start Saturday at 8 p.m. GMT (4 p.m. ET). The final lineup for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest was announced Thursday, even though some fans on Twitter were upset that Ireland and Australia didn't make the cut.

Last year, more than 2 million people tuned into the nail-biting competition.

There are a few favorites heading into Saturday's final, the CBC noted.

It could be a hard competition for Britain, especially after the unpopular exit from the European Union.

Results are decided by a combination of viewers and judging panels from each country.

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The contest's organising body, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), tried to negotiate a diplomatic solution, either by Russian Federation submitting a new song and artist or by having Samoylova perform via satellite, but neither side could be brought to a satisfactory solution.

Contestants finished near the top half of the table every single year except 1957.

Recently the Eurovision has seen its fair share of runaway favourites clinch the title (Norway in 2009, Sweden in 2012/2015) and this year Italy is definitely heading in that direction. Russian Federation should have been the 43rd entrant in the show, but pulled out last month amid a row over its chosen singer, Julia Samoylova.

After Ukraine won in Sweden in 2016, with a song that was controversial in its own right, there were concerns that the security situation in the country's east - where the Ukrainian military is fighting Russia-backed separatists - might rule out holding the next contest in Kiev. Travel to Crimea by foreign nationals without prior authorisation from the Ukrainian government has been a crime in the country since Russia's 2014 annexation of the region.

In the past, politics have had a backlash effect on Eurovision competitors. "Western European countries are usually outdone by the eastern Europeans in recent years". Eurovision was founded one year before the foundation of the European Economic Community, the predecessor to the European Union.

(AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov). NaviBand from Belarus performs the song "Historyja Majho Zyccia" during rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, May 12, 2017.

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