13. The Netherlands
15. United Kingdom
Things you should know
The running order of the show was set by SVT, the host broadcaster. Normally countries are put in a draw to decide the running order, but SVT have controversial changed that replacing that draw with one that decided which half of the show an act would be in. This is supposed to ensure that the contest is more exciting and that similar entries won’t be too close, but I wonder will it change anything. The only country that had a position drawn was Sweden has host and they got number 16.
Also there is a change with the voting. Normally the top 10 in the Jury and Televote are compared to get the the final figures, this normally means that if you score high enough in one, you should get some points, but now the entire results will be compared meaning that acts have to score well with the jury and the voting public to ensure they get points on the night. This will be interesting and the voting might be less political tonight.
None of the former Yugoslav entries this year made it into the final for the first time since the Semi-Finals were introduced and Albania also miss out on qualification. While Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina did not enter this year, surely that is not the reason for this. But it does mean that there is a big “bloc” vote tonight that is missing its traditional partners, so where the votes will go will be interesting. It could benefit a number of countries including Greece, Romania, Ukraine and Russia.
Also with a all of the Nordic countries after qualifying the bloc voting could be split. Whether or not this will affect Denmark as all its neighbours have qualified will be one to watch.
There are a number of curses associated with Eurovision. The most famous being the curse of number 2. The curse is that the act drawn to be the 2nd song will not win. This is because no entry has ever won from this position. This year the curse has fallen on Lithuania. So sorry Andrius, you can blame SVT!
The other curse is lesser known, but is the Curse of last years host. This hasnt always been true, eg Ireland in the mid 90’s, but has been true for Russia 2009 and Norway in 2010, but will it be true for Azerbaijan?
The Betting Odds
Its notoriously difficult to predict the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, but looking at the betting odds it certainly seems to be Denmarks to loose, but with Norway also having a strong entry, Denmark might not run away with it. The top 10 according to PaddyPower are:
- Denmark 4/6
- Norway 11/2
- Ukraine 9/1
- Russia 12/1
- Azerbaijan 14/1
- Netherlands 25/1
- Italy 25/1
- Ireland 25/1
- Greece 33/1
- Georgia 33/1
Armenia, Estonia, Spain and France have the worst odds with 250/1.
I am not going to make a prediction, but here are the 5 songs that I will be supporting tonight in no particular order.
Denmark: Fantastic song and a firm favourite, been listing to it all week! Start looking up accommodation in Copenhagen as the Danes know how to put on a show!
United Kingdom: Bonnie is back and its a fantastic song. While its isnt in the bookies top 10, it is definitely up there for me!
France: Amazing song, full of soul and reminds me of Amy Winehouse. Just brilliant
Greece: One of the fun songs this year and there isn’t many! Delighted this got trough. Go on Greece!
Ireland: At the end of the day I am a patriot and I will always support the Irish entry! But with Ryan closing the show, he will certainly be in the mix!
Now remember to enjoy the night! I will be tweeting during the final if anyone is interested!
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