The slogan for 2017 is Celebrate Diversity, and the show tonight will feature both Ukrainian traditions interwoven with modernity. The contest drew 204 million viewers worldwide last year, with that number expected to grow this year.
The representatives of 26 countries: Israel, Poland, Belarus, Austria, Armenia, Netherlands, Moldova, Hungary, Italy, Denmark, Portugal, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Australia, Greece, Spain, Norway, Great Britain, Cyprus, Romania, Germany, Ukraine, Belgium, Sweden, Bulgaria, France perform at the final.
During the contest, it emerged that Kostov had performed in Crimea soon after its annexation by Moscow - the reason Ukraine banned Russia's singer.
Russian Federation is boycotting this year's competition after Ukraine barred its contestant from entering the country - a symptom of the countries' toxic relations since Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in 2014.
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Eurovision is broadcast live nearly everywhere in the world, from China to Canada, with the exception of the United States.
The second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest that was held in Kiev, Ukraine, on Thursday.
As CNN noted, fans who watch the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 live online may see an event that veers into new territory - political activism.
Meanwhile Italian Francesco Gabbani invoked Hamlet and Desmond Morris's anthropology book "The Naked Ape" in his song, while a gorilla-costumed dancer boogied alongside him.
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Lucie Jones is predicted to take sixth place for the United Kingdom, which would see a vast improvement on previous year, when Joe and Jake's You're Not Alone finished 24th. Russian Federation has also decided not to show the event on television. Ukraine's authorities say that by performing in Crimea, Samoilova violated the Ukrainian government's regulation dated June 4, 2015, which stipulates that foreign citizens should receive a special permission in order to enter Crimea.
Technically, Eurovision has nothing to do with the European Union; it was created in 1956, one year before the EU was founded, by a small group of western European broadcasters.
The Eurovision competition was founded in a spirit of bringing together a post-World War II Europe, author Chris West told the CBC. As the Guardian noted, 35 of the 42 songs will be sung entirely in English.
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