Eurovision hopefuls put on the style in Malmo

Megara representing San Marino poses on the turquoise carpet for the 68th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest
Flamboyant? Me? Meet San Marino's Megara at the Eurovision official opening ceremony [EPA]

The final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest may not be until next weekend but contestants have already been putting on the style for the event's official opening in Malmo.

Representatives of the 37 participating countries will be hoping to emulate Sweden's Loreen, last year's winner with her song Tattoo.

As many as 100,000 visitors are set to descend on the city in Sweden's south-west for the world's largest live music contest.

Here are a selection of photographs from some of the Eurovision hopefuls who posed on the turquoise carpet at the Malmo Arena.

Olly Alexander representing Great Britain
Olly Alexander is the UK's great hope at this year's final with his song Dizzy [EPA]

UK hopeful Olly Alexander arrived at the venue wearing a loose-fitting, multi-coloured robe.

The singer, actor and fashion icon is hoping for success with an upbeat dance number called Dizzy.

Windows95man representing Finland
Finland's Windows95man in full flow at the opening ceremony [EPA]

Finland's entry - Windows95man - made a dramatic entrance ahead of the finals.

A Finnish visual artist and DJ - real name Teemu Keisteri - Windows95man's signature entry is to emerge from a giant egg before the dancing begins.

Marcus and Martinus
Denim was the order of the day for Marcus and Martinus, who represent host country Sweden [EPA]
Ukraine is represented by Alyona Alyona and Jerry Heil
The key to success? Ukraine is represented this year by Alyona Alyona and Jerry Heil [Reuters]
Nebulossa representing Spain pose pose on the Turquoise Carpet
A variety of fashion statements here as Spain's Nebulossa posed for the cameras [EPA]
Joost Klein representing the Netherlands
Working the power suit look big time was Joost Klein - the Netherland's representative [Reuters]
The Czech Republic's Aiko (centre) on the Turquoise Carpet
Colour co-ordination for the Czech Republic's Aiko (centre) on the turquoise carpet [Reuters]
Lithuania's Silvester Belt
Not to be outdone in the fashion stakes was Lithuania's Silvester Belt [Reuters]
Bambie Thug representing Ireland poses on the Turquoise Carpet
Ireland's hopes rest on Bambie Thug, seen here striking this dramatic pose [EPA]
Fahree feat. Ilkin Dovlatov will represent Azerbaijan
Flying the flag for Azerbaijan, that's Fahree feat. Ilkin Dovlatov [EPA]