The eyes of the world will be on the Danish city of Copenhagen this weekend as the 59th Eurovision Song Contest takes place in the stunning B&W Hallerne. 26 nations – including twenty who came through this week’s semi finals – are looking to be crowned champions, and we look at the ones to watch on Saturday night.
UK and Ireland
The UK’s long wait for a Eurovision win goes on. You have to go back to 1997 for the last time the UK won the contest and since then they have tried everything from Scooch and Andrew Lloyd Webber to Blue and Bonnie Tyler in search of a sixth win.
This time around the UK has turned to the BBC Introducing roster for their entry. Molly’s Children Of The Universe is a highly contemporary song and is the first to be co-written by the UK’s performer since 1997. Considering the relative mediocrity of this year’s contenders it actually stands out amongst its rivals and could go well as the 10/1 fifth favourite.
Molly’s performs last of the 26 nations and that could be her problem as no song in final place has won the contest in the televoting era.
Not a vintage year for Eurovision
The clear favourite has won Eurovision in each of the two years and it’s been easy to see why. Both Loreen’s Euphoria and Emmilie de Forrest’s Only Teardrops were clearly outstanding contenders and it was no surprise when both romped home at short odds.
In the week leading up to Eurovision favouritism has changed three times. Earlier in the week Armenia were the favourites with the dreary piano ballad Not Alone before Sweden snatched favouritism with their mid-paced pop single Undo a couple of days ago.
Following the second semi-final we now have a new favourite. If you like your Eurovision entry to sound like it has been lifted from the opening titles of a James Bond film then you need look no further than this year’s entry from Austria.
Rise Like a Phoenix is the full James Bond schilling complete with brass section and dramatic ending and Conchita Wurst – the ‘bearded lady’ – gives it plenty of vocal heft. It’s also possibly just about late enough in the running order (11th) to remain in viewer’s minds.
With an instantly recognisable performer, Rise Like A Phoenix is one of those songs that could either really capture the imagination or sink without trace. If the European public decide that an epic cinematic ballad is what we need this year then Austria could win their first contest in 48 years.
The importance of the draw
While a great song will invariably do well at the contest wherever it is drawn, taking the running order into account is hugely important.
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