Denmark are the hottest favourites for years at the bookmakers, but all 26 competitors know they are just hours away from the most important three minutes of their lives. Three minutes is all the time their song will have, live to a world audience of more than 125 million, to charm people to vote for it at Eurovision.
Final rehearsals in Malmo are leaving nothing to chance; everything must be polished, as every false gesture or note will count. The artists’ time in the spotlight is so short; more precious than gold-dust.
Sweden’s third city has put on the style to welcome the jamboree, now everything else is up to the artists, and the fans.
“It’s the thirteenth time I’ve been to Eurovision and I like it because there are so many different styles of music represented, there are no borders between people. It’s just music at the centre of everything and that is what I like,” said one man from Switzerland.
Malmo has certainly done its best to see that the show is at the centre of everything this weekend, and now it is the climax with the payoff for everyone’s hard work.