Ukraine entry to launch Eurovision Song Contest 2014

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom's Children of the Universe by Molly will be the last song performed

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Ukraine’s Eurovision entry will be the opening performance at this year’s competition in Copenhagen on Saturday night.

The top billing could provide a morale boost for the Eastern European nation which is currently looking to international allies for help as it faces military incursions by Russia into the disputed region of Crimea.

Tick–Tock, sung by Mariya Yaremchuk, is ostensibly a pop song but contains the lyrics "They all know that you're mine/They can see we belong/Shelter me, you'll do fine".

Russia’s power ballad Shine – placed a safe distance from Ukraine's performance at number 15 in the running order – sees twins the Tolmachevy Sisters sing "Living on the edge/closer to the crime/cross the line a step at a time/... maybe there's a day you'll be mine".

A statement from Eurovision's organisers says "The running order was determined by the producers of show (DR) and approved by the EBU Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand and by the Chairman of the Reference Group, Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling.

"When discussing the running order deliberations, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand, said, 'for the second year in a row, the producers have come together to make the best possible running order for the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest. One thing is for sure; Saturday will be extremely exciting.'"

British Eurovision fans, meanwhile, will have to wait until the last of the 26 performances to hear Molly sing her entry Children of the Universe, which is currently tipped as fifth favourite by bookies – if that was reflected in its finishing position, it would be the United Kingdom's best result since Jade Ewen sang Andrew Lloyd-Webber's It's My Time in 2009.

The full running order for the Eurovision 2014 Grand Final

  1. Ukraine
  2. Belarus
  3. Azerbaijan
  4. Iceland
  5. Norway
  6. Romania
  7. Armenia
  8. Montenegro
  9. Poland
  10. Greece
  11. Austria
  12. Germany
  13. Sweden
  14. France
  15. Russia
  16. Italy
  17. Slovenia
  18. Finland
  19. Spain
  20. Switzerland
  21. Hungary
  22. Malta
  23. Denmark
  24. The Netherlands
  25. San Marino
  26. United Kingdom

Live coverage of The Eurovision Song Contest is on BBC1 from 8pm on Saturday 10 May