Russia tops the bookmakers' list of favourites in the Eurovision Song Contest hosted this year by Sweden. Paul Chapman reports.
There's just a few hours to go to the start of the annual Eurovision song contest. More than 200 million TV viewers are expected to tune in for what's become an annual showdown of kitsch, campery and increasingly downright political voting. Russia's the bookies favourite to win. The host nation, Sweden, says it's not going to filter out any booing over Crimea that's greeted Russia's entry in the past two contests. Ukraine's also in the contest and high on the bookmakers' lists. Its entry, complete with lyrics about Soviet Union deportations, managed to get past the Eurovision political filters. Other key entries to watch include Australia, competing for only the second time and second favourite to win.