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Flood of bets for Eurovision Song Contest favourites

Bookmaker Coral says it has seen a flood of bets for 2015 Eurovision Song Contest favourites Sweden's Mans Zelmerlow ahead of this evening's final in Vienna.

Flood of bets for Eurovision Song Contest favourites. Credit: PA

The five-time winners have been cut into 6-4 (from 13-8) to come out on top this evening.

Russia are second best in the outright betting at 10-3, while Italy can be backed at 7-2.The United Kingdom are 40-1 with Coral to cause an upset in the final. Electro Velvet are the 7-4 favourites to finish last, while they are 10-1 to fail to pick up a point following their performance.

Eurovision hopefuls gear up for grand final in Austria

This year's Eurovison contest is taking place at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna.

All of the finalists for the 2015 Eurovision competition are now in place and prepared to battle it out for the coveted title in tonight's live grand final.

This year's contest, which is taking place at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, is being hosted by Austrian trio Mirjam Weichselbraun, Alice Tumler and Arabella Kiesbauer.

Last year's winner, Conchita Wurst, will present coverage from the green room with contestants backstage.

There are 27 finalists this year - first up is Slovenia and the final act of the night is Italy.

The UK's entry this year, which comes from Electro Velvet and is called Still In Love With You, will be fifth on stage.

Notable absentees this year include Ireland, who despite being the competition's most successful country with seven wins under their belt, failed to qualify in the second semi-final.

In the UK, the results from the televised grand final on BBC One at 8pm will be voiced by TV chef Nigella Lawson.

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Russia bans parade honouring Conchita Wurst

The authorities in Moscow have turned down an application for a parade in honour of the winner of the Eurovision song contest, Conchita Wurst.

Conchita Wurst performing the song 'Rise Like a Phoenix'. Credit: Associated Press

The head of Moscow's security department, Alexei Maiorov, reportedly said celebrating the Austrian drag queen could lead to clashes between gay activists and their opponents.

The Interfax agency also quoted Mr Maiorov claiming the need to "respect morality in the education of the younger generation" meant the parade could not go ahead.

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