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Justin Timberlake to perform at Eurovision

Press AssociationPress Association 9/05/2016

Global superstar Justin Timberlake has been confirmed to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Timberlake is set to take the stage during the interval at the grand finale of the show in Stockholm this weekend.

It is the first time in the history of the contest that a performer of global stature has taken to the stage to perform in a non-competing role, Eurovision said.

In a statement, Sven Stojanovic, the producer of this year's show, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity, we are very happy and excited that Justin Timberlake will perform his new song together with his band in our show.

"It makes it extra special that the Swedish songwriters Max Martin and Shellback have co-written and co-produced the song together with Justin Timberlake."

The nine-time Grammy award winner will perform his new song, Can't Stop the Feeling, which he wrote for his latest film, Trolls.

As founders of the competition which was first staged in 1956, the "big five" of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK are automatic finalists, along with the host nation.

The two semi-finals will feature 36 countries, with acts from Cyprus, Azerbaijan, Latvia, Poland, Switzerland, Israel and Australia, to name a few, competing for a chance to perform in the final.

Ten countries from each heat will join the big five and host nation Sweden.

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