Eurovision: Måneskin perform Zitti E Buoni at semi-final
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The Eurovision Song Contest grand final is due to air on BBC One tonight (May 22) and fans have been supporting their favourites through the semi-final rounds. A total of 26 countries will take to the stage in a last attempt to be crowned Eurovision winner 2021. Express.co.uk has all you need to know about the current favourite to win Eurovision.
Who is the favourite to win Eurovision Song Contest 2021?
Bookies odds have wavered over the past week, following the semi-final performances and fan reaction.
At first, Malta and France were best-placed to take the top spot in the grand final.
However, since the semi-finals have taken place, there have been some major changes to the rankings.
Betfair has released a new set of odds, which see Italy in the top spot with odds of 2/1.
Viewers went crazy for Måneskin, the four-piece band from Rome when they performed ‘Zitti e buoni’ at the semi-final.
Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Italy’s song, with one saying: “If Italy doesn’t win Eurovision this year, imma move into a small cottage in the middle of the woods and I’ll never talk to a living creature ever again.” [Sic]
Another said: “Ok. The song I enjoyed the most this year is Italy’s. I think it’s class!!!” [Sic]
A third added: “I’m really confident that Italy wins #Eurovision but do I go ALL-IN? That is the question #OpenUp.” [Sic]
Other countries in the top five spots include France at 3/1, Switzerland at 13/2, Ukraine at 7/1 and Malta at 7/1.
Before the semi-finals began, France was a firm favourite to win, with Barbara Pravi singing Voilà.
Swedish presenter Christer Björkman is in Rotterdam as a commentator for Swedish broadcaster SVT’s coverage of Eurovision 2021.
He explained how his personal favourite act in this year’s contest is France’s Barbara Pravi.
He told wiwibloggs: “Such a clever homage to Édith Piaf. I listened to one of Piaf’s songs, ‘Padam Padam’, and after you’ve heard it once next to ‘Voilà’ you can’t keep them apart.”
Switzerland’s act is Gjon’s Tears with Tout l’univers, and fans have shown them plenty of support.
One said on Twitter: “I’ll be shocked if the juries don’t fall over themselves for Switzerland.”
Ukraine’s entry is Go_A singing Shum, and one fan said: “Ukraine’s performance is so calm and so chaotic at the same time, I love it.”
Another fan said: “Go_a have now pushed Ukraine to being the *only* country with 100% qualification!!” [Sic]
Malta’s act is Destiny singing Je Me Casse, and the country was at the top of the board to win this year.
However, since the semi-finals, they have slipped down the ranks, but could still take the winning title.
One fan said on Twitter: “Europe… remember her name: Destiny Chukunyere.
“She is only an 18-year-old girl from Malta but she has the strength, voice and power of an international star!”
The Big Five – the UK, France, Spain, Italy and Germany automatically qualified for the grand final.
The Netherlands, as hosts of this year’s contest, also skipped the semi-finals and will perform at the grand final.
Representing the UK this year is James Newman with the song Embers. Graham Norton, who is leading on the BBC’s coverage of the event, supported the star.
He said: “James Newman has done a great job with the UK entry this year. Embers is such a striking image for
where we are.
“All the friends and family we haven’t seen but the embers are still glowing ready to catch alight once again.”
The Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final airs on May 22 at 8pm on BBC One and will be available on BBC iPlayer.
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