Ready for the craziest party in town? It’s time for Eurovision 2018

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Crazy outfits, crazy songs and an even crazier scoring system (we’re not bitter, it’s fine) – it can only be the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.

This year’s edition comes from Lisbon after Salvador Sobral swept the field with 758 points in Ukraine 12 months ago.

We can’t wait for Saturday night’s camp sequin spectacular to roll round. And here’s why…

Costumes and Songs

This is what Eurovision is renowned for. Who could forget tin-foil clad Ukrainian entry Verka Serduchka in 2007? Or Finnish hard rockers Lordi, who won in Athens back in 2006?

There’s nothing quite as exciting this time around. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty to enjoy.

Ukraine return to form with Melovin (66/1), who concludes his act by playing the piano while fire blazes underneath.

Estonia’s entry is a classic of Eurovision pop genre. So too is singer Elina Nechayeva’s holographic dress.

Meanwhile, Israel go with the colourful Netta Barzilai and “Toy”, which has a hot chance of success at 7/2.

France (12/1) will do battle with “Mercy” – presumably a nod to Arsene Wenger – while Norway are keen to let us know how easy this Eurovision lark is, with “That’s How You Write a Song.”

We’ll be the judge of that.

Graham Norton

Eurovision wouldn’t be Eurovision without the quick-witted punnery of UK commentator Graham Norton.

The Irishman is renowned for his hilarious take on all of the acts and the poor duo tasked with presenting the finals.

It doesn’t always go his way, though. In 2014, the chat-show host was caught out by the Danish hosts, who turned the table on our Graham by showering him with confetti.

He’ll be hoping for no such surprises as he gears up for Saturday’s spectacular.

SuRie goes for the UK

Could this be the UK’s year? Well, probably not. But we live in hope.

SuRie is the artist tasked with ending the UK’s Eurovision duck dating back to 1997 when Katrina and the Waves won with “Love Shine a Light.”

Since then, we’ve flopped, floundered and been general no-hopers.

We’re still trying to forget Jemini’s 2003 effort “Cry Baby” which garnered nil-points from the whole of Europe.

Unfortunately for SuRie, the odds suggest she doesn’t stand much of a chance.

You can get 100/1 on the Harlow-born singer ending our wait with her catchy synthpop number, “Crazy.”

Cyprus saw their odds cut in from 100/1 to 11/4 favourites this week. If it can happen for them, why can’t it happen for us?

Click here for the latest Eurovision Song Contest odds.

All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication

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Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the University of East Anglia where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper Concrete. He also supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Other passions include darts, cricket and horse racing.