Eurovision top 3 odds
Which countries will be among the top three in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019?
Eurovision top 3
41 countries will participate in the 64th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019. Every country that is a member of the European Radio Union can take part in the Eurovision Song Contest, including countries that are not within the European borders. The Netherlands and Switzerland will participate for the 60th time during ESC 2019, but Germany surpasses everything: they will participate for the 63rd time.
Less than a month before the European music competition, the bookmakers favor the Dutch singer: Duncan Laurence, followed by Russia’s Sergey Lazarev , with “Screa” and Switzerland’s representative Luca Hanni with “She got me”, according to Agerpres.
One of the favourites to triumph at this year’s contest, Mahmood is hoping to give Italy their first Eurovision win in 19 years. It’s not exactly a happy song though: the lyrics are based on Mahmood’s relationship with an unreliable father, whose main priority is money (soldi in Italiano).
After narrowly missing out on competing for Sweden last year, John Lundvik will perform at Eurovision after winning his country’s Melodifestivalen internal selection process (which is like a mini-Eurovision in itself, complete with an international jury). Interestingly, Too Late For Love isn’t Lundvik’s only Eurovision entry this year: he also co-wrote Bigger Than Us, the song Michael Rice will be singing for the UK.
Lazarev is best known as a singer for the brilliantly-named Russian boyband Smash!! in the early noughties. And there’s a good chance he’ll do well at Eurovision 2019: he came third while representing Russia in the 2016 contest, finishing third overall, but top of the viewers’ vote. Giving his track record it’s little wonder many are predicting Lazarev will finish as champion or runner-up this year.
If you’re a big fan of The Voice of Holland then you’ll recognise Duncan from the fifth season of the show, where he reached the semi-finals. But he might soon be best known as the winner of Eurovision 2019: most bookies have Laurence down as the favourite to win.
Another favourite to win this year’s contest, Hänni’s song is about one thing: Dirty dancin’. In fact, it’s that lyric that you’ll hear a lot more in the track than title “she got me”. If you’re into the German version of pop idol Deutschland sucht den Superstar then you’ll recognise Hänni as the winner of season 9 of the show in 2012. Since then, the model and singer has released four hit album and 16 singles.
If you’re going to watch one group this Eurovision, make it this one. But maybe not with your gran in the room: this Icelandic bondage-synth-punk trio will be taking to the stage clad in leather to sing/scream a song about Europe crumbling. As we found out when talking to the group, Hatari are entering Eurovision to bring down capitalism and have challenged Israeli Benjamin Netanyahu – Prime Minister of Eurovision host nation Israel – to a match of glíma (Icelandic trouser wrestling). If they beat Netanyahu, Hatari have said they will have the right to build a liberal BDSM colony on the Mediterranean coast. Failing that, they’re apparently open to trouser wrestling Boris Johnson. Which, admit it, you’d definitely watch.