Eurovision Song Contest starts in Vienna

A general view of the Eurovision Song Contest final on May 23, 2015 in Vienna

Vienna (AFP) – The Eurovision Song Contest, Europe’s often outrageous and enduringly popular annual pop fest now in its 60th year, kicked off in Vienna on Saturday night.

Among the 27 acts vying to follow in the footsteps of the 2014 champion, Austrian bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, is Australia, competing for the first time.

But whether former “Australian Idol” champion Guy Sebastian can wow the millions watching at home remains to be seen with tough competition from the likes of Russia, Italy, Belgium and dark horse Serbia.

The bookies’ favourite though is chiseled Swede Mans Zelmerlow, hoping to repeat the magic of global superstar compatriots ABBA in 1974, with his song “Heroes”.

The result is expected at around 00:15 am (2215 GMT).

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