TONIGHT’S Eurovision song contest is on red alert over fears it could be the target of a terror attack.
The warning was triggered after organisers announced they were installing tough new security measures in a bid to thwart any potential attack.
Airport-style checks will be in place for the singing contest, with liquids over 150ml banned inside the venue.
Security is always a top priority
Staff will also be carrying out metal detector tests on visitors at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna.
It reads: “At the Eurovision Song Contest premises, we assure airport security at all time and therefore please be advised that liquids are allowed only up to 150ml.
It also states: “Security is always a top priority.”
The annual celebration of kitsch-pop will be watched by around 190 million people in 40 countries.
This year 27 finalists are vying for the crown
Organisers have been testing stage installations ahead of this evening’s event, which will be broadcast on BBC1 at 8pm.
However, the cold and rain gripping Vienna is unlikely to dampen spirits.
The contest was won last year by Austria’s bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, bringing 2015’s show to the Austrian capital.
To mark 60 years since the first Eurovision in 1955, Australia has been given a wild card entry and singer Guy Sebastian and his up-tempo song “Tonight Again” is one of the favourites.
This year 27 finalists are vying for the crown, with Slovenia taking to the stage first and Italy the final act.
The Eurovision Song Contest has been named the longest-running TV music competition by Guinness World Records.
Culled from express.co.uk