Eurovision fans around the world are right now asking: Did we really just see what we think we saw? Follow our live coverage here.
May 23, 2021 8:04AM
Last updated May 23, 2021 8:38AM AEST
After a bumpy few days, the Eurovision song contest grand final is now underway. Follow our live coverage here.
France, Italy and Malta are among the bookies’ favourites to win today’s Eurovision grand final – and all three have very different songs and performances, reflecting the strength and diversity of this year’s field. Really, it’s anyone’s game (well, except Germany’s).
Elsewhere, poor unlucky Aussie pop star Montaigne didn’t make it through the first Eurovision semi-final earlier this week, meaning that Australia don’t have a presence in the Grand Final for the first time since we were allowed to pretend we were a European country back at Eurovision 2015.
It’s all happening now, live from 5am AEST Sunday – follow all the action as it happens in our liveblog below.
Having received zero points in the jury vote, the UK is the first country to discover how many points they received in the public vote.
And it’s another zero. Double zero points for the UK, a rare dishonour.
The UK’s entrant James Newman is at least not alone: Spain, Germany and the Netherlands all receive zero points from the public as well.
Switzerland won the jury vote, with France just behind. And spare a thought for the poor UK, who didn’t get a single jury vote:
…for the jury votes, at least. Here’s how the Eurovision votes are stacking up so far, with France and Switzerland neck and neck – remember, we still have viewer votes to be added, which can differ wildly from the jury votes and really shake things around on the leaderboard:
Eurovision voting is a two-part process – first we hear each country’s jury votes, then we go through again with the public vote. Joel Creasey delivered Australia’s jury votes – awarding the top 12 points to Malta.
So who is the Australian Eurovision jury? It’s a small group: Kamahl, Jack Vidgen, Ash London, Brooke Boney and Millie Millgate.
2019’s Eurovision winner Duncan Laurence was all set to reprise his winning song at today’s grand final – until he contracted coronavirus at some stage this week. He’d already performed at the first semi-final, so I’m sure it’s still a nervous wait for some people involved with the competition to find out if the virus spread.
With Laurence now isolating, viewers instead watch footage of an earlier rehearsal he performed before he got the positive result.
Voting lines are still open, and Australia’s commentators Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst just flipped a coin to decide which of them will deliver Australia’s votes to the global audience shortly. Joel won.
— SHANE REACTION (@imshanereaction) May 22, 2021
Good news for the fellow Eurovision tragics up early on a Sunday morning to watch live: You can now vote for your favourite act! You’ll need to be quick, though:
After a surprisingly so-so entry from usual Eurovision powerhouse Sweden, it’s left to San Marino’s Senhit to close the show with her high-ooctane track Adrenalina.
And she’s got a special guest in tow: Top-selling American rapper Flo Rida. How the big US star came to be representing a tiny European country with a population of just 33,000 people is just anybody’s guess, but he certainly seems happy to be here. Now, can he locate San Marino on a map? Quickly.
If you believe the bookies, Italy’s act Maneskin will take out the whole competition with their glam-rock stomper Zitti e Buoni. It’s definitely something different for Eurovision, and their frontman is certainly attractive (SBS commentator Joel Creasey could barely conceal his thirst this morning), but it’s all just… ‘good, not great’ to these ears. A solid rock song, but there’s better elsewhere in this competition.