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WATCH TONIGHT: The Grand Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest

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Posted 11 May 2018 at 23:37

Tonight is the night we have all been waiting for: The Grand Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Here is everything you need to know ahead of the show — ALL ABOARD!

Tonight, almost exactly one year after Salvador Sobral's victory in Kyiv, a new Eurovision winner will be added to the history books during the Grand Final of the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest. The ultimate music spectacle of the year, which will come to you live from Lisbon's Altice Arena, will be presented by Filomena Cautela, Sílvia Alberto, Daniela Ruah and Catarina Furtado.
The show will be opened in traditional Portuguese style by musical performances of Ana Moura and Mariza, followed by a flag parade of all participating countries supported by music by the Beatbombers.

Participating tonight

26 acts take part in tonight's Grand Final. The so-called 'Big Five' — France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom — as well as host country Portugal were already prequalified for the Grand Final. Last Tuesday, ten out of nineteen countries qualified in the first Semi-Final. Finally, last Thursday, ten out of eighteen acts won their ticket for the Grand Final in the second Semi-Final.
The interval act will be performed by 2017 Eurovision Song Contest winner Salvador Sobral and Caetano Veloso, who is one of the most important names in the Brazilian music scene.

Where to watch

If you live in one of the 43 participating countries, you can watch the 3.5-hour show on TV or online via your national public broadcaster. You can also watch the show (without commentary and voting details) via the official Eurovision YouTube channel.*
During the show, use #Eurovision and #AllAboard on your favourite social media channel. You can follow the official Eurovision channels on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat for loads of exclusive material from behind the scenes. Also check out the official Eurovision profile on Spott for interactive photos with additional information about the acts.
* Due to rights limitations, the YouTube live stream is not available in Canada, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela. We apologise for the inconvenience. Watching from the United States? You can watch the Grand Final via Logo TV.

How you can vote

Are you in one of the 43 participating countries? Then you will be able to vote for your favourites! After all songs have been performed, you can vote for ±40 minutes. Voting is possible via the official Eurovision app, and by telephone and SMS through the numbers shown on screen. Rates and legal terms will be shown on screen as well.
We strongly recommend you vote through the official app — you will receive a special thank-you message from the artists you voted for!
You can vote up to twenty times, but you cannot vote for the country you are voting from. Televotes make up 50% of the result; the other 50% of tonight's result was determined by a professional jury last night. To keep the suspence, the jury vote will only be revealed during tonight's live show.
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Watching the Grand Final at the Eurovision Village in Lisbon? Download the app and use the OSRAM light voting feature. Based on your vote, several landmark buildings in Lisbon will be lit in different colours.

? Still haven't made up your mind about your favourites of this year's Eurovision Song Contest? Listen to the songs!

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