Eurovision Song Contest: fans arrive for final show

Fans, draped in flags from across the globe tip their favourites to win the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (MAY 14, 2016) (REUTERS) – Excited fans from across the world arrived at the Globe arena in Stockholm ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest final on Saturday (May 14).

A group of Eurovision fans from Toledo in Spain were keen to show the signature dance move of the Spanish entry, Barei who will perform the song “Say Yay.”

Having already been to four Eurovision Song Contests held in Sweden, Swedish fan Mette Nilsson told Reuters she was excited to see who would win next, so she could perhaps travel somewhere different to see the next show:

“We are very excited to actually see who is the winner and where we’re gonna go next year. Cause we were inside, at the rehearsal now and it was great”.

Security for the event was tight in the wake of militant attacks in Europe and safety issues were further highlighted after Bosnian officials said police had arrested several people suspected of trafficking arms to Islamists in Sweden.

Organisers expect more than 200 million viewers to tune in from Australia and New Zealand to China and the United States, where the final is being broadcast live for the first time in both countries.

The internationalisation of the contest is underlined by the performance of United States (U.S.) singer Justin Timberlake who is set to premiere a new song during the final.

Australia, competing for the first time last year and taking part after accepting an invitation from organisers, could yet steal the show with bookies making Dami Im’s power ballad “Sound of Silence” second favourite.

The United Kingdom is being represented by Joe Woolford and Jake Shakeshaft with their song “You’re Not Alone”.