Who are the favourites for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest?
After being cancelled last year, due to the global coronavirus pandemic, the Eurovision Song Contest will return next month. The music event will be taking place at the Rotterdam Ahoy, where it was supposed to be hosted last year, on 22nd May and, in more good news, there will be a live audience in the Netherlands with 3,500 Dutch nationals allowed into the 16,426-seater venue.
So, as the days are being counted down between now and the finalists taking to the stage next month, take a look at the nations who are currently setting the tone in the Eurovision 2021 odds. Read on to find out more!
Malta – 3/1
Destiny will be representing Malta in the Netherlands on 22nd May. They may be a small island in the central Mediterranean, however, according to the bookmakers, they have a very big chance of winning the singing contest. Destiny won the junior version of Eurovision with Not My Soul in 2015 and she’s hoping to land Malta their maiden title with Je Me Casse next month. British viewers may recognise her from Britain’s Got Talent, where she reached the semi-finals in 2017.
Switzerland – 7/2
Switzerland will be represented by Gjon’s Tears, which is fronted by singer Gjon Muharremaj. The 22-year-old has been singing for as long as he can remember and he’ll certainly be hoping that his rendition of Tout l’Univers can wow the judges just as well as he did in various other music shows. Ten years ago, at just 12 years of age, Muharremaj finished third in Albania’s Got Talent before further success at in Switzerland’s Got Talent and the French edition of The Voice, where he reached the semi-final in both.
“I want to use my music to move people in all sorts of ways, whether it’s joy, sadness or melancholy,” the singer-songwriter said.
France – 9/2
France are next in line at 9/2. They won the competition five times between 1958 and 1977. However, they haven’t triumphed since. So, Barbara Pravi will be hoping to put an end to her country’s 44-year wait. Those from France will be more than familiar with the 27-year-old as she has starred in musical Un été 44, sung Pas Grandir and acted in La Sainte Famille. She has also worked with the likes of Jadon Smith and co-wrote J’Imagine, which was France’s winning song at the Junior Eurovision in 2020. It’s fair to say that she has a massive chance of winning.
Bulgaria – 7/1
Victoria Georgieva is another competitor hoping to land her country a maiden victory in Eurovision. Her unique voice looks set to give her a great chance of winning next month. She will be preforming Growing Up is Getting Old, which she revealed is about her mother, her father, her sister and her closest friends. She is already popular in her home country, as she took part in the fourth season of X Factor Bulgaria and her stock back home and across Europe looks set to rise further as she gears up to take part in Eurovision.
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