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​Eurovision Host Graham Norton Reveals This Years Show Is On A Budget

​Eurovision Host Graham Norton Reveals This Years Show Is On A Budget

This year's Eurovision Song Contest will mark the 63rd year the competition has been running.

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However according to Eurovision host Graham Norton, the song contest which starts next week at Lisbon's Altice Arena it's not going to be as glamorous as usual.

The BBC presenter has warned that this year's show will be "on a budget" with no frills and viewers will see the song contest in a more stripped back version because Lisbon "don't have money."

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He told the Mirror: "I think it is going to be a very different Eurovision.

"I think the staging is going to be much simpler, much more pared back, it is not going to be the huge LCD screens we have seen for the last few years.

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"Lisbon, they don't have money, so this is austerity Eurovision. It is totally Eurovision on a budget."

Portugal achieved its first Eurovision victory at the 2017 contest in Kiev with their song Amar Pelos Dois, which was performed by Salvador Sobral.

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Last year, Portuguese broadcast chief Gonçalo Reis said the 2018 ceremony would be the "cheapest ever" but added that creative teams will still create an "interesting show."

The UK will be represented by SuRie - who triumphed in Eurovision: You Decide in early February this year.

Her musical career started early as a child soloist, performing for the likes of Prince Charles in iconic British venues such as The Royal Albert Hall and St. Paul's Cathedral.

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SuRie graduated from The Royal Academy of Music and has classical roots in piano, voice and oboe.

BBC Four will broadcast both live semi-finals on the 8 and 10 of May, with the Grand Final airing on BBC One on Saturday the 12 May.

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Topics: Entertainment, Music, TV News, TV Entertainment, Eurovision, Graham Norton

Haleema Khokhar

Haleema Khokhar is a Freelance Journalist at PRETTY52. She graduated from University of Central Lancashire in Journalism and has since gained over three years experience working within the communications and marketing industry before going freelance as a Content Writer. Contact her on haleema.khokhar@pretty52.com

 

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