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Viewers' guide to the Eurovision Song Contest 2013

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The 58th grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest takes place in the Swedish city of Malmö tonight.

All 26 contestants will appear carrying their national flag for the opening ceremony, representing the competition's theme of 'We Are One'.

This will be followed by a performance of the Eurovision anthem, composed by ABBA legends Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus.

When and where?

The Eurovision Song Contest starts at 8pm on BBC 1.

You can also watch it live on the Eurovision website.

Tonight's venue: The Malmö Arena in Sweden Credit: Joerg Carstensen/dpa

Order of appearance

  • 1. France: L'Enfer Et Moi by Amandine Bourgeois
  • 2. Lithuania: Something by Andrius Pojavis
  • 3. Moldova: O Mie by Aliona Moon
  • 4. Finland: Marry Me by Krista Siegfrids (One to watch: See below)
  • 5. Spain: Contigo Hasta El Final (With You Until The End) by ESDM
  • 6. Belgium: Love Kills by Roberto Bellarosa
  • 7. Estonia: Et Uus Saaks Alguse by Birgit
  • 8. Belarus: Solayoh by Alyona Lanskaya
  • 9. Malta:Tomorrow by Gianluca
  • 10. Russia: What If by Dina Garipova
  • 11. Germany: Glorious by Cascada
  • 12. Armenia: Lonely Planet by Dorians
  • 13. The Netherlands: Birds by Anouk
  • 14. Romania: It's My Life by Cezar (One to watch: See below)
  • 15. United Kingdom: Believe In Me by Bonnie Tyler
  • 16. Sweden: You by Robin Stjernberg
  • 17. Hungary: Kedvesem by ByeAlex
  • 18. Denmark: Only Teardrops by Emmelie de Forest (One to watch: See below)
  • 19. Iceland: Ég Á Líf by Eyþór Ingi
  • 20. Azerbaijan: Hold Me by Farid Mammadov
  • 21. Greece: Alcohol Is Free by Koza Mostra featuring Agathon Iakovidis
  • 22. Ukraine: Gravity by Zlata Ognevich
  • 23. Italy: L'Essenziale by Marco Mengoni
  • 24. Norway: I Feed Your Love by Margaret Berger
  • 25. Georgia: Waterfall by Nodi Tatishvili and Sophie Gelovani
  • 26. Ireland: Only Love Survives by Ryan Dolan

UK hopes

Bonnie Tyler will be attempting to avoid a total eclipse of Britain's hopes of ever winning the contest again.

Those hopes are as low as ever, with bookmakers offering odds of 50/1 on Tyler finishing in first place.

Bonnie Tyler in the music video to 'Believe In Me'

Last year, the UK finished in second-to-last place winning only 12 points for Engelbert Humperdinck's rendition of Love Will Set You Free.

Watch Bonnie Tyler in action during a rehearsal for tonight's performance:

Ones to watch

Denmark is the bookmakers' favourite to win this year's contest by a long way.

If Emmelie de Forest wins with her catchy entry 'Only Tears', we will see the contest hopping the short distance over the border to Denmark next year.

Finland's entry, which reportedly features the first on-stage lesbian kiss in the contest's history, is bound to be the main talking point.

Krista Siegfrids appears dressed as a bride and tries to persuade an unknown lover to marry her. It includes the memorable lines "skipping dinner to be thinner" and "I'm your slave, you're my master".

Romania's vampirical entrant Cezar, who sings in a falsetto voice throughout, appears to have claimed the title of most bizarre act.

Follow the latest results and reaction on the ITV News livestream.

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