If you’re not entirely willing to sit through the whole Eurovision Song Contest to see the UK’s Joe & Jake you’d best brace yourself, because you’re going to have to wait quite a while to hear from our Eurovision act this year.
The boys – who’ll take to the stage with Your’e Not Alone on Saturday night – have been drawn to perform 25th in the Grand Finale, sandwiched between Austria (24th) and show closers Armenia (26th).
That gives those of you who are super eager to see them two options: Watch the whole show (with us on Twitter, obviously) or set yourself an alarm/reminder to switch over after 9pm BST. We’ve worked that one out based on the fact that each song can be a maximum of three minutes long (so 20 x 3 = 60 minutes).
The full running order for the final reveals that Belgium’s answer to Fleur East will open the whole show, while hot favourites Israel and Australia (singer Dami Im got a standing ovation in the auditorium) will perform 7th and 13th respectively. The draws could be tough for them, though, given that only one act has won the competition from a performance that early on in the final in the past 13 years.
Another favourite for the win, Russia, has been drawn to perform in the much more favourable 18th place, while all eyes will be on Ukraine (21st), whose 1944 proved a massive hit both in the Eurovision Press Room and in the arena. And you can’t rule out Malta (performing 22nd) either.
Performers in the second half of the show traditionally stand a far better chance of winning, y’see. Does that mean our Joe & Jake could be in with a chance?
The Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final will air on BBC1 and BBC Radio 2 on Saturday 14th May from 8pm