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Stockholm gets ready for Eurovision

Associated Press Associated Press 14/05/2016

It's got kitsch, international intrigue and an array of eclectic musical performances from Belgium to Armenia.

The winner of the 61st edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will be crowned at the end of a live show on Saturday night that is being broadcast to an estimated 200 million viewers in Europe and beyond.

The competition among European nations and, oddly, Australia, will take place in Stockholm's Globe arena.

Russia, Australia, Ukraine, France and host nation Sweden are the bookmakers' favourites among the 26 countries competing for the title, which comes with the obligation to host the competition next year.

Those rules are a bit different for Australia, which if it wins would co-host next year's show somewhere in Europe.

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