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Eurovision carnival comes to Portugal for first time

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Cyprus's Eleni Foureira performs "Fuego" during the dress rehearsal for the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 at the Alice Arena hall in Lisbon, Portugal, on May 11, 2018. (REUTERS/Rafael Marchante)

Lisbon: A peaceful Danish Viking, an Estonian soprano in a giant dress and a gay-themed dance will be on display at Saturday's Eurovision final in Portugal, which is toning down the frills at the annual song contest.

Favourites include Cyprus' fiery song "Fuego" by Eleni Foureira and Israeli singer Netta Barzilai's "Toy", whose lyrics "I am not your toy" sum up the concerns of many women who have adopted the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.

The 25-year-old former singer in the Israeli Navy band accompanies the uptempo song with trills, clucking sounds and chicken-like dance moves.

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