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THE frontrunne­r to win this year’s Euro­vi­sion is Is­rael’s singer Netta, who be­gins her song by cluck­ing like a chicken, com­plete with chicken dance chore­og­ra­phy. And that’s ex­actly why Aus­tralia loves this song con­test – and the fact for Jessica Mauboy (left) fly­ing our flag in the singing Olympics.

Mauboy will be com­pet­ing in the sec­ond semi-fi­nal on Fri­day but don’t miss the first semi on Wed­nes­day where Netta is the favourite. But beware, the rest of the field is very bal­lad heavy.

While it is all about the per­for­mances by 43 coun­tries, SBS hosts Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst will hit their stride this year, af­ter tak­ing the reins from long-time Euro­vi­sion an­chors Sam Pang and Ju­lia Zemiro.

Creasey and Warhurst are not only ob­sessed fans of the con­test – where epic props and gar­ish gim­micks can out­shine tal­ent – but have be­come BFFs since their bap­tism of fire at last year’s com­pe­ti­tion. They will un­doubt­edly riff off each other more nat­u­rally in Lisbon, Por­tu­gal where this year’s ac­tion will hap­pen.

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