Eurovision Song Contest Preview : Chicken to Rule the Roost
Event Venue: Lisbon Arena, Saturday 12 May 8pm. Live on BBC1.See Stats
The Eurovision Song Contest takes place this Saturday in Portugal. It promises to be another crazy night and that's exemplified by the entry from Israel.
UK Continue Search for Glory
The United Kingdom have had a difficult time in recent years when it comes to Eurovision. Voters just don't seem to like us anymore and our last win was back in 1997 and that ended a 16-year wait for a victory. Not since 2009 have the UK had a top ten finish and to examine the downward trend, the fact is that between 1957 and 1986 only once did the UK finish outside the top ten. This year we have SuRie singing 'Storm' which reached number 72 in the Scottish chart. There's little chance of this making an impact though it's not that bad a song just not a winner and that's reflected by the odds.
Current odds for the UK to win the Eurovision Song Contest are 250/1 with Unibet (18+ Ts & Cs Apply)
Ireland Back in the Game
Ireland won Eurovision three times in a row between 1992 and 1994 and have won the contest a record seven times, though that record would be equalled if Sweden were to win this year. Recent years have been a struggle though with them being continually knocked out in the semi-final but former Britain's Got Talent finalist Ryan O'Shaughnessy has got them through to their first final since 2013. 'Together' is a sentimental song and has been a bit controversial with its gay storyline, China even censored the two male dancers. It's got a good chance of doing well though, unless a few anti-gay countries shun it.
Get odds of 9/1 on Ireland winning the Eurovision Song Contest with Betfair (18+ Ts & Cs Apply)
The Crazy Sometimes Win
The first twenty seconds or so of this song are like nothing you have ever heard but it's one heck of a way to grab your attention and that's what is needed in this contest. There aren't many songs around that use chicken noises but 'Toy'is a 21st century version of 'I Will Survive' and when it come to the public vote, it's going to be a massive hit even if it might take a bit to sing a long with some of the 'lyrics.' Top four finish for sure and this could be a big night for Israel who last won the contest exactly 20 years ago, the last time it was held in England.
You can get odds of 4/11 on Israel finishing in the top four with William Hill (18+ Ts & Cs Apply)
Cyprus Bidding for First Victory
While the price for Israel to win Eurovision has been steadily falling this week, so has the odds on Cyrprus winning for the first time. Their best ever performance has been a fifth placed finish but recent years have seen them struggling to get in the top 20. That's going to change this year with the song 'Fuego' sung by Eleni Foureira, who's Greek and a former fashion designer. Her song reached number four in the Greek chart and after being eliminated in the semi-finals, Greece must have been wishing they'd chosen her. If you like long flowing hair then this is for you, but the performance isn't that exciting and the odds are way too short to be going for this to win.
It often takes a stunning performance to win Eurovision and 2018 looks like being the year of the chicken. After a sensational performance in the semi-final, this preview believes that Netta from Israel is going to be crowned the Queen of Eurovision on Saturday night.
Get odds of 10/3 on Israel to win the Eurovision Song Contest with Paddy Power (18+ Ts & Cs Apply)
- Israel last won Eurovision 20 years ago with Dana International
- The UK last managed a top ten finish in 2009
- This is the first time that Ireland have reached the final since 2013
- Cyprus have never won the Eurovision Song Contest
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