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Eurovision Song Contest hopefuls perform in finals

The Eurovision Song Contest has begun with artists from France, Germany, Belgium, Finland along with others performing this year in Sweden.

Singer Amandine Bourgeois representing France performing during the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013. Credit: Joerg Carstensen/DPA
Singer Andrius Pojavis representing Lithuania. Credit: Joerg Carstensen/DPA
Singer Natalie Horler from the band Cascada representing Germany. Credit: Joerg Carstensen/DPA

Read: Your viewing guide to the Eurovision Song Contest final

The Eurovision Song Contest 2013 kicks off

The Eurovision Song Contest 2013 has begun:

Read: Your viewing guide to the Eurovision Song Contest final.

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Friends show support to UK's Eurovision hopeful

The UK's Eurovision hopeful Bonnie Tyler has tweeted a picture of her friends and family showing their support ahead of the contest.

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Bonnie's nephew Chris, his partner John & their friends are showing support in Portugal http://t.co/R6kRNOAEsJ #BelieveInBonnie

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Don't forget to put #BelieveInBonnie on your tweets throughout Eurovision tonight. Let's get Bonnie trending!

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Bonnie with her style team. JJ (Hair), Faye (clothes), Sarah (Make Up). Ready to Rock Malmo! http://t.co/MXquwvMgyw #believeinbonnie

Read: Your viewing guide to the Eurovision Song Contest final

Eurovision wants to trend on Twitter ahead of final

The Eurovision Song Contest has urged its followers to help it trend on Twitter ahead of tonight's live broadcast final:

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We want to get #Eurovision and #GoodEveningEurope trending all over the world tonight! Are you going to help us???

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Fans are already queuing up outside the arena wearing all colours of the rainbow to get the best spot for the Grand Final! #Eurovision

Read: Your viewing guide to the Eurovision Song Contest final.

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UK's track record at the Eurovision Song Contest

The UK is the joint second-most successful country in the contest with Sweden, France and Luxembourg. Ireland is the most successful with a total of seven wins.

  • Won the competition five times (1997, 1981, 1976, 1969 and 1967)
  • Finished second place 15 times
  • Finished last in 2003, 2008 and 2010
  • Competed every year since 1957
  • Hosted the competition eight times

Source: Eurovision

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