This year the song competition is taking place in Lisbon, Portugal and will go from Wednesday the 9th of May, with the finals taking place on Saturday the 12th of May.
In preparation for the song and dance competition, Eurovision have released a list of prohibited items that audiences will not be able to bring in, and they’re a little bit odd.
Watch Dami Im’s second-place scoring ballad ‘Sound of Silence’ at the 2016 Eurovision competition:
The list starts with the standard things – no explosives, alcohol, knives, drugs or syringes… and then it gets weird.
Eurovision officials thought it was necessary to specify that shopping trolleys, lasers, handcuffs, chains, spray cans and crowbars will not be allowed onto the premises either.
— Ellie (@ellie_made) April 24, 2018
Neither will rope… Or adhesive tape.
Naturally the people of social media have had a field day with the expansive list of items, and here’s what they’re saying:
Twitter user @ESCPifPaf won the hearts of Twitter users, with his alternate list…
— Pif Paf Blog (@ESCPifPaf) April 24, 2018
Some are angry…
— Amelia Beer (@AmeliaRBeer) April 25, 2018
What do you mean I can’t take my crowbar, golf balls and rope to Eurovision in my trolley?!? Absolute BS!
— Jack B (@Blakajac) April 25, 2018
So apparently there’s a list of items banned from #Eurovision Presumably one of them is ‘a semi-decent song’?
— Jonathan Meres (@JonathanMeres) April 25, 2018
I’m gutted, so looking forward to @Eurovision but their anti golf ball attitude is so far beyond the bounds of common decency, I must not watch it this year.
— Nicholas Birse (@notaspy) April 25, 2018
While others are trying to beat the system…
So i think the task for this years eurovision watch party is to get one of every single banned item from the eurovision ban list in the room
— Souverain de mes idées (@stillaweirdo97) April 25, 2018
— Pete (@peteturton85) April 25, 2018
But most are just a little confused, but whole-heartedly accepting Eurovision for the baffling, majestic extravaganza that it is.
No doubt.. I know Eurovision is intense, But I’ve been to Wrestling shows with Shorter banned item lists…
— bradley gass (@chesire2050) April 25, 2018
Ok, some of this is… oddly specific… I kind of wonder if someone’s going to really study this list then rock up with, say, a unicycle, a giant foam hand and a metre-high set of flashing antlers…?https://t.co/ZgRzBCGvzK
— Emma David (@EmmaDavidGsy) April 25, 2018
I’m sorry but I can’t stop laughing…who complied this list? No trolleys. Damn I’ll have to schedule my Tesco shop another time.
— Sasha ???????? (@eurotrashsash) April 24, 2018
So amongst the spectacle of glitter, leotards and mild European nationalism, please, please, please remember to keep your sticky tape, torches, helmets and golf balls at home. Please.