Eurovision fans pour into Liverpool hoping Britain's Mae Muller can beat ... trends now
Excited ticket-holders have poured into Liverpool's fan village ahead of the Eurovision grand final tonight.
Thousands from far and wide gathered for hours in the beating sun today at the city's historic Pier Head venue.
There were cheers from fans draped in Union Jack flags as many hope Britain's contestant Mae Muller can beat the Swedish favourite Loreen.
Some ran straight to the stage front to claim a prime spot for when the grand final begins screening at 8pm.
Sean, 28, from Liverpool, came wearing a T-shirt featuring Finnish entry Kaarija, the eccentric rapper whose hyperpop hit Cha Cha Cha is among the favourites to win.
Liverpool is hosting the competition on behalf of Ukraine - and fans are showing their support for both countries
Liverpool's fan village has thrown open its gates ahead of the Eurovision final tonight
Thousands from far and wide gathered for hours in the beating sun today at the city's historic Pier Head venue
He said: 'As you can see, I think you know who we are supporting today. Obviously the favourite is Finland. I do think he has got a chance.'
Speaking about UK entry Mae Muller, who is performing last, Sean added: 'I enjoy the entry. I think there have been some issues with the vocals.
'But I think it is a good closer. It will be a nice way to round off the show.'
Mark, 29, also from Liverpool, wore a luminescent green outfit reminiscent of Kaarija's own bolero-style jacket.
He added of Muller's song: 'It is very typically pop, it is not typical Eurovision style which I quite like. I think it will do quite well.'
Speaking about Liverpool's showcasing of Ukrainian culture, Mark added: 'I think it is amazing. If you go around you can see Ukraine everywhere, whether it is the signs or flags, it is just Ukrainian.
'It is even the case that they have brought a Ukrainian host in to help with Liverpool. I hope we have done Ukraine proud.'
Nicki, 30, from Darlington, came to the fan zone dressed as Serduchka with the Ukrainian flag painted on her cheeks, and told PA she usually watched the grand final as part of a viewing party but had been 'wanting to do this for years'.
She said she was supporting Loreen from Sweden, another favourite to win, but also backed Muller.
Brits supporting the UK act Mae Muller draped in Union Jacks as they prepare to celebrate
Excited fans gathered together in the countdown to tonight's big final
Mae Muller told how she hopes to make the UK proud as she prepared for the Eurovisional final
Union Jack flags filled the crowds today, with many Brits routing for singer Mae Muller
There were cheers from fans dressed as Ukrainian acts Verka Serduchka and Kalush Orchestra and families in Union flag outfits
Some ran straight to the front of the stage to claim a prime spot for the performances