Colourful start to the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest

Ivi Adamou of Cyprus performs her song "La La Love"
Ivi Adamou of Cyprus performs her song "La La Love" Credit: Reuters
Anggun of France performs her song "Echo" as a dancer spins round
Anggun of France performs her song "Echo" as a dancer spins round Credit: Reuters
Donny Montell of Lithuania performs his song "Love Is Blind"
Donny Montell of Lithuania performs his song "Love Is Blind" Credit: Reuters

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UK Eurovision disappointment

The UK's hopes of breaking its Eurovision curse came crashing down when veteran crooner Engelbert Humperdinck scraped into last-but-one place in this year's contest.