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Live Blog: Saturday 8 May

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So what can we expect from this year’s staging? The rules are no diffe...

So what can we expect from this year’s staging? The rules are no different from previous years, in that six people are allowed on stage at one time, and performers can use real props and plinths and pyrotechnics, or digital projections, or all of these things.

One thing that is different this year is that perfomers have the option to pre-record their backing vocals rather than have live backing singers on stage. This new rule was introduced to help reduce the number of people in each delegation and keep the Eurovision bubble as small as possible, but it also means we will hear different kinds of backing vocals from previous years. This year you can have a gospel choir like North Macedonia, or record a thousand voices from around the world, like Iceland.