Today it has a combined global audience of around 200 million people - more than the Super Bowl in the United States - and has served as a global launching pad for the likes of ABBA and Celine Dion.
Australia's Jessica Mauboy during rehearsals ahead of the Eurovision 2018 grand final.
Australians can vote along with viewers and professional juries in all 43 participating countries to pick the victor.
He says: "You want to start with good energy. You want to get the party going", Bjorkman said.
"The UK singer SuRie and her team were offered the option to sing again but decided not to because they were extremely proud of her performance and have decided that there is absolutely no reason to perform the song again".
The favorite of the bookmakers after the first semi-final was the 31-year-old Greek pop singer of Albanian origin, Eleni, Purara, the representative of Cyprus, with the song "Fuego".
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The Dubliner is now third favourite to win and he will perform third from last.
Ukraine has won the competition twice.
One headache for organizers is the turnover time between acts of just 40 seconds.
Italy, the 26th act, was set to close out the night before voting begins.
Coming after last year's much-seen stage invasion, the question has to be asked: How does this keep happening?
That means the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest is heading to what many predict will be an exceptional year.
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"Music isn't fireworks, it's feeling", Sobral said to explain his 2017 triumph. Two semifinals have cut the overall field from 43 to the 26 who will compete on Saturday night.
Vying for first place is Israel's Netta Barzilai's "Toy", whose lyrics "I am not your toy" sum up the concerns of many women who have adopted the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.
This year saw the return to competition of Russian Federation, a traditional favourite, after missing last year's event amid a diplomatic spat with host Ukraine.
Despite an ever-increasing number of TV music contests such as Pop Idol, fans say the show - the longest-running global TV competition according to Guinness World Records - is in a category of its own.
The hugely popular global event is organized by the European Broadcasting Union, an alliance of public service broadcasters.
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