Welcome to the build up to the greatest show on Earth. Tonight is the night of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final 2017, an event that this year promises yodelling, pop/opera crossover, a dancing gorilla and even a very strong chance that the UK could actually win, or at least not completely embarrass ourselves. Our act this year, Lucie Jones, is - whisper it - really good. Last year’s competition was won by Jamala of Ukraine, and so for 2017 we are whisked to Kiev to crown the next champion.
While the majority of the UK may chose to treat the Eurovision Song Contest like a laughing stock, there are certain few among the population who treat it with the seriousness of those countries that actually rank quite well on the scoreboard. These people often have considerable knowledge of Eurovision's glittering history and fascinating inner workings. You might be one of them. But how strong is your understanding of Europe's greatest showbiz celebration?
The glittering juggernaut of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 continues tonight with the competition’s second semi-final before the Grand Final on Saturday. The UK have already automatically qualified for the final, so fear not, but tonight’s show is a chance to enjoy some of the acts from smaller countries, as well as some utterly bizarre entries that have no chance of troubling the top of the scoreboard. Only 10 countries from tonight’s line-up will qualify for the final.
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Selecting a term
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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