Bring on the 'gorilla:' Eurovision final brings glittery fun

In the video he visits various different locations filming himself holding up signs saying'will,'you,'marry and'me

In the video he visits various different locations filming himself holding up signs saying'will,'you,'marry and'me

The Grand Final of the worldwide Eurovision song contest began in Ukraine's capital Kiev on Saturday evening.

Ukraine hosted the competition while it also fights a war, hundreds of kilometres (miles) away in the east, against Russian-backed separatists.

But Ukraine let Kostov stay because he was just 14 at the time.

The wacky antics don't stop there with the inclusion of rap-yodellers from Romania, Ilinca and Alex Florea, and Azerbaijan's entrant Dihaj performing alongside a man on top of a ladder wearing a horse head.

Some viewers voiced their anger when they discovered that the boyfriend of Macedonia's Jana Burceska got down on one knee and asked her to marry him live on air.

Britain may be experiencing a post-Brexit vote chill in Europe, but pulled out all the stops with a big ballad performed by Lucie Jones.

Heavy security is in place in Kiev for the event in the city's International Exhibition Center.

"It's just so great". Since 2015, Australia has been among the contestants.

His fellow Australian at Eurovision, Anja Nissen and her backing singers could be heard warming-up ahead of the telecast with the opening line "laying down my armour", repeating it so many times those closest to her dressing rooms were praying she would move to the next lyric.

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The host's emotional announcement reflected confusion over whether Israel will indeed be able to field an entry in the contest.

And that news led President Poroshenko to cancel his appearance at Eurovision.

The grand final caps off a week where the carnival atmosphere of Eurovision has splashed itself across the Ukrainian capital, with delegations from 42 competing countries and tens of thousands of fans pouring in.

The contest drew 204 million viewers worldwide last year, with that number expected to grow this year.

The elephant in the room at Saturday's contest is Russian Federation, which is boycotting the event after Ukraine barred Moscow's contestant from entering the country - a symptom of the countries' toxic relations after Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Though the event has run smoothly, it has done so under the watchful eye of an nearly overwhelming police and army presence at the venue, Kiev's International Exhibition Centre, and key locations in the city, such as Independence Square.

But, this year it's taken on a particularly political edge.

It's Portugal's first win since entering the contest in 1964.

The authorities handed out a map of gay-friendly venues to fans of the contest with a massive gay following.

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