Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Grand Final

Grand Final

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Review

From old women baking bread to a man doing tricks in a hamster wheel, there’s nothing Eurovision will say no to. Except Russia’s entry, which this year’s hosts Ukraine have banned, but let’s not mention the war. Graham Norton will probably mention it for us in the commentary box, as he guides us through TV’s weirdest and most wonderfully winsome musical spectacular with his trademark cynicism and sass.

Italy’s Francesco Gabbani is the hot favourite for 2017. His catchy tune about the Westernisation of Eastern cultures features both an important message AND a dancing bloke in a gorilla costume. Who knew Gerald from Not The Nine O’Clock News was such a big Eurovision fan?

X Factor’s own Lucie Jones represents the UK with Never Give Up On You. And no, though Eurovision can get more than a little political, the song is not a sneaky anti-Brexit anthem. Yet.

Summary

Graham Norton returns to the commentary box to cover all the action from tonight's Grand Final, broadcast live from the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine. The event begins with the traditional artists' parade, and an introduction by Oleksandr Skichko, Volodymyr Ostapchuk and Timur Miroshnychenko, the Ukrainian TV stars serving as the masters of ceremonies tonight. The host nation, represented by alternative rock outfit O.Torvald, will join the `Big Five' - France, Spain, Germany, Italy and the UK - in progressing directly through to the final, with the other 20 finallist spots being filled by the acts that made it through the semi-finals. Welsh-born former X Factor contestant Lucie Jones will be representing the UK this evening, singing Never Give Up On You, co-written by former Eurovision winner Emmelie De Forest.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Graham Norton
Presenter Mel Giedroyc
Editor Guy Freeman
Series Producer Helen Riddell
Music