Eurovision Song Contest drinking game: how to play along if you're watching tonight's final

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The Eurovision drinking game is a tradition that's almost as rich as the Eurovision Song Contest itself.

Tonight, millions of people across the continent will spend their Saturday night glued to the annual music competition.

And for many, one way of enjoying all the fun is to consume alcohol throughout the contest's duration.

So if you plan on taking part, Chronicle Live have compiled a comprehensive list of rules, which can also apply to soft drinks if you feel like being more responsible.

Of course, viewers are reminded to drink responsibly, eat enough food, and know when to give up if you think you've had too much.

Anyway, without further ado, here are the rules:

Drinking game during the performance

Failed jokes

When a presenter’s joke lands like a lead balloon, one finger.

When Marty Whelan promises the song sounded better before

Marty Whelan

Marty gets the joys of watching the dress rehearsal, and occasionally he may inform viewers that a song sounded better the first time he heard it. If he does, drink a finger’s worth.

Very enthusiastic unnecessary dancers

Some nations go full tilt and add a stage full of dancers to distract from the one person singing. When this happens, drink a finger.

Crowd selfie

The modern-day Eurovision is not complete without a performer taking a selfie in front of the crowd. Drink a finger when that happens.

Innuendo

Another Eurovision tradition is filling songs with innuendo. One finger ( I know...)

Key change

Noticed an early 2000s boy band ballad style key change? Drink a finger.

Language change

Dustin the Turkey at Eurovision

How dare you try and get votes from most of Europe by showing off your multi-lingual skills in a song? Drink one to that.

Outfit change for the presenters

Drink one

Pyrotechnics

Firey displays are inevitable. One finger at the sight of pyrotechnics. Down your drink if they accidentally set fire to something

Someone whips off clothing

In honour of Bucks Fizz, if clothing comes off, drink two fingers.

During the scoring

12 points for Ireland

Irish Eurovision hopeful Ryan O'Shaughnessy pictured performing ‘Together’ at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 Semi-Final One rehearsal in Lisbon, Portugal

Someone gave us top marks? Huh? Down your drink.

The UK are usually good for this, so keep your eye out when it's their turn.

Marty calls it

If Marty Whelan correctly guesses how a vote will go, drink two fingers’ worth.

The long pause

Every time a country offers a dramatic pause before giving out their scores, drink one finger.

Neighbourly love

It’s one finger for every time a country gives top marks to its nearest neighbour. You genuinely might want tap water for this one.

In 2016, Russia won the most telephone votes.

Among the countries who gave them 12 points were Belarus, Latvia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Ukraine.

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